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Business Observer Thursday, Jun. 14, 2012 10 years ago

Pinellas tourism up 11.5%

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The St. Petersburg-Clearwater area set a record for tourism in April.

PINELLAS — After Pinellas County posted an all-time monthly record of $4.51 million in bed tax revenues collected in March, it followed it with record revenues for April as well, according to the Pinellas County Tax Collector.

Pinellas County collected $3.14 million in bed tax revenue in April, an 8.64% increase from the same month in 2011.

The area's season showed gains over last year as well. In the first four months of 2012, Pinellas collected $12.44 million in bed tax revenues, up 11.5% from the first four months of 2011.

The 5% tourist tax is collected on lodging rented for less than six months and funds the Tourist Development Council/Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

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