Record Year for Lee County Tourism


Southwest Florida International Airport traffic has resumed, especially after the slow year of travel during the pandemic. And with more people coming to this area, more money is spent.

Lee County recently set a new record for tax revenue for beds, which shows more and more people are coming in, staying for a bit, and spending money.

This Thanksgiving rush isn’t just affecting the freeways. Some people from RSW had to park in the grass for Thanksgiving. Greg Schmidt was at the airport. “On the grass next to a tree?” Yeah, yeah, ”he said.

During the holidays last year, airport traffic increased dramatically due to the pandemic. Today visitors and snowbirds are back in force. They filled our beaches and hotels for months.

Thane Howell came to SWFL from Kansas City. “We’re from Kansas City and stayed in Fort Myers for a family vacation,” Howell said. “We stayed at the Pink Shell Resort.”

“I enjoyed the beaches and the pools, I rode on wave runners, I saw dolphins and I enjoyed the gulf,” Howell said.

Lee County has record tourism in 2021. The county recorded $ 53.3 million in tourist taxes, which is a record. The previous record was in 2019, when visitors brought in $ 42.6 million.

Katie Storms says her family was ready to go somewhere. “We were ready to go out,” she said.

Each week, families travel to Lee County to create priceless memories. For some, it’s an annual affair. “Oh yeah, I’m definitely talking about making it an annual thing,” Howell said.

2022 promises to be even better after the Biden administration lifted most travel restrictions from other countries. Lee County uses resort tax money for advertising, promotions, beach maintenance, and the upkeep of our two baseball stadiums.

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