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MIAMI (CBS4) – In a down economy, tourism in Miami-Dade County bucked the odds in 2010 setting records in every area, according to figures released by the Greater Miami Convention and visitors Bureau.
The numbers are impressive:
- Greater Miami and the Beaches hosted a record 12.6 million overnight visitors
- Tourists spent a record $18.8 Billion on lodging, food, shopping, transportation and entertainment
- Visitors generated a record $127 million in tourist-related taxes
- 29% of state sales taxes collected in the county were paid by tourists
The big year pumped renewed life into the area’s life blood.
“Ultimately, that meant we added jobs, and in this economy, in this community with tourism being the number one industry, job creation is one of our top priorities,” said Rolando Aedo, executive vice-president of the visitors bureau.
Aedo credited the “most comprehensive marketing effort ever” for the record tourism year. The marketing was aided by the BP oil spill. BP gave Miami-Dade $1.25 million to help advertise its pristine beaches.
Aedo said new airline service to Miami International Airport – including new flights from Russia, Amsterdam and Brazil – also boosted the tourist numbers.