South Walton reports record bed tax numbers in December

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to officials, tourism numbers were up 16 percent in South Walton in December 2017.

The report shows they brought in about $651,000 worth of Tourist Development taxes (bed taxes) in December, which is a new record.

"The December increase is very good news," Visit South Walton Communications Director David Demarest said in a press release. "I think there's a trend of visitors making South Walton part of their holiday tradition. We have a great selection of rental properties for vacationers interested in enjoying the beach, a serene environment and relaxed family time during the holidays. During this time of the year especially, it provides a great boost to our local economy."

The bed tax is a four percent tax collected on hotels condos and other short-term rentals.