Franklin County tourism numbers up

According to bed tax revenue numbers, more people are visiting Franklin County. (Visit Florida)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Despite Hurricane Michael's destruction in the area, Franklin County is seeing more tourists.

According to the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, this year's revenues from the bed tax have surpassed last year's revenue by 18 percent so far.

“In the wake of all the Hurricane Michael destruction to our region, I am so pleased that our lodging and tourism businesses seem to be rebounding,” John Solomon, the Executive Director of the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, said.

The latest bed tax numbers for May, a record breaking month for Franklin County. In May, the county collected $166,129 in bed taxes, up $26,000 from last year and beating the highest collections recorded for May by $22,000.

Tourism leaders say more people stopped by the visitor centers, too. They say nearly 26,000 people have come by the visitor centers so far this year. In all of 2018, only 31,398 people stopped in.

Tourism leaders believe the increase in tourism was helped by post-hurricane marketing funded by Visit Florida.

"We have seen a noticeable increase from the areas we targeted” Solomon said. “We are getting calls and visits from people that would probably not otherwise have known about us this year.”

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