Orange County tourism-tax collections down for fourth-consecutive month

July collections were down 5.2% compared to July 2022.

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Orange County tourism-tax collections continue to disappoint.

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced Thursday, Sept. 7, that Tourist Development Tax collections received by Orange County for July 2023 were $27,171,100. 

That is a 5.2% decrease compared to July 2022.

This is the fourth-consecutive month with a year-over-year decrease. 

Compared to last month, July collections were lower than June collections by $2.9 million. July collections were higher than July 2021 collections by $2.5 million.

Metro Orlando hotel performance in July 2023 was softer than the same month in the prior year. Occupancy at area hotels was 73.8% — down 4% year-over-year. The Average Daily Rate was $177.60, down from $185 in June and down slightly from the prior year’s July performance (-1%). 

For group business at the Orange County Convention Center, July saw an increase in the number of groups year-over-year, with 19 events in July 2023 compared to 13 in July 2022. However group sizes were smaller than those in 2022. 

On the TDT reserve side, Renewal & Replacement Reserves increased by $6.9 million.



Michael Eng

As a child, Editor and Publisher Michael Eng collected front pages of the Kansas City Star during Operation Desert Storm, so it was a foregone conclusion that he would pursue a career in journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his wife and three children, or playing drums around town. He’s also a sucker for dad jokes.

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