Orange County's Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections for September came in at $24.6 million—a 0.8% increase compared to September 2022. Collections were higher than August 2023 by $2.5 million and higher than September 2021 collections by $8.2 million.
Orange County government designates TDT funds for specific purposes, including promoting tourism, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), sports stadiums and arenas, performing arts venues, museums and events.
September saw an increase in group business attendance due to several large events: Surf Expo, Ace Hardware and Grace Hopper, boosting the OCCC's citywide attendance to 52% year-over-year growth. As a result, the OCCC is well on its way to establishing a new record for citywide attendance in 2023, with an estimated total of 1.39 million visitors.
So far this year, your Visit Orlando team has booked more than 950 events for 2023 and beyond, with an estimated economic impact of $2.5 billion for our community. Additionally, holiday travel is trending favorably, with advance leisure hotel bookings for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend outperforming 2022 levels by 10%, and the Christmas period, from December 25 to January 1, is up by 5%.