Thursday, February 13, 2020 / by Jordana Tobel
Almost 28 billion. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.” That’s almost 20% of the state tourism industry, according to a new report by the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.
In 2018, more than one in 10 tourists stayed in a vacation-rental home.
“Floridians have long-known that the state’s vacation rental industry has a significant impact on our economy, but the numbers in this report are simply staggering,” says Florida Realtors president Barry Grooms, a Realtor and co-owner of Sarabay Suncoast Realty Inc. in Bradenton. “More than $27 billion a year is a substantial contribution to our economy, and the 115,000 jobs it supports are critical to the well-being of many of our communities.”
Florida’s tourism industry is growing faster than the U.S. economy. The state has experienced 8 consecutive year ...