Palm Beach County sees record num­ber of vis­i­tors

2018 num­ber rises 2.8 per­cent higher than last year

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - Travel - By Richard Tri­bou rtri­[email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com, 407-420-5134

Palm Beach County has seen more vis­i­tors in 2018 than ever be­fore.

The county’s tourism mar­ket­ing depart­ment, Dis­cover the Palm Beaches, an­nounced that more than 6 mil­lion peo­ple have come to the county through Septem­ber con­tribut­ing $1.3 bil­lion to the county’s econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

The num­ber is 2.8 per­cent higher than 2017.

Sum­mer alone saw 1.71 mil­lion, up 4.5 per­cent from 2017. Of­fi­cials say many of the vis­its came from the Mi­ami, Or­lando and Gainesville mar­kets.

The in­crease num­bers could be par­tially due to the painful sum­mer Florida’s Gulf coast saw with red tide, al­though the beach­side af­flic­tion hit Florida’s East Coast as well, but later in the year.

Of­fi­cials said the county is on track to top 8 mil­lion vis­i­tors for the year, which would be a record, and make the 10th year in a row for an­nual in­creases.

“When we see record­break­ing vis­i­ta­tion num­bers, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer months, it val­i­dates that our strate­gic mar­ket­ing and group sales ef­forts to­ward cre­at­ing the ‘end­less season’ are work­ing,” said Jorge Pes­quera, pres­i­dent and CEO for Dis­cover The Palm Beaches.

Palm Beach County fea­tures sev­eral beach­side des­ti­na­tion cities in­clud­ing Boca Ra­ton, Del­ray Beach, Palm Beach and Jupiter.

Its top at­trac­tions are Green Cay Na­ture Cen­ter & Wet­lands in Boyn­ton Beach, Old School Square (for­merly the Del­ray Beach Cen­ter for the Arts) and Lion Coun­try Sa­fari in Lox­a­hatchee. All see more than 500,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

Other top at­trac­tions in­clude the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in West Palm Beach, Log­ger­head Marinelife Cen­ter in Juno Beach, Palm Beach Zoo in West Palm Beach, River­bend Park in Jupiter and South Florida Sci­ence Cen­ter & Aquar­ium.

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