Orange County reports show tax collections up nearly 66% from last year

Collections were the highest on record for May, Visit Orlando said

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – New numbers released by Orange County Thursday for the month of May show the county collected more than $28 million in tourist taxes — up 65.8% compared to the same time last year.

While this figure was lower than April’s collections by approximately $6.6 million, Visit Orlando said the collections were “the highest May collections on record.”

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Visit Orlando said the month started strong thanks to Megacon Orlando, which brought in roughly 140,000 visitors.

However, despite these numbers, the group said international travel still sits about 10% lower than the same time in 2019.

Orange County releases its revenue numbers several months after the money is collected, meaning that there is a delay associated with current revenue figures.

The next tourist development tax release for June is scheduled to be released in early August.

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