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A slide from Visit Tampa Bay shown to the Hillsborough Tourist Development Council Thursday [Visit Tampa Bay]

FL - Hillsborough tourism officials wonder about industry’s rebound

The count is planning for a 45 percent reduction in 2021 tourist tax collections.

The tourism outlook in Hillsborough County remains unsettled and industry representatives disagreed Thursday over how quickly the hospitality industry will rebound from the coronavirus shutdown.

Visit Tampa Bay president Santiago Corrada said hotel occupancy in Hillsborough County showed an uptick in May over April, though still off more than half from the same time in 2019.

In April, occupancy was down 69.8 percent and in May the drop was 56.1 percent from 12 months earlier, said Corrada. Likewise, hotel revenue was off 84.7 percent in April and 72.6 percent in May compared to 2019.

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