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FL - Palm Beach County breaks summer tourism records in 2021

JUPITER, Fla. (CBS12) — Summer, a time that usually sees a lull in visitors in South Florida, is setting records this year.

Experts with Discover the Palm Beaches say the county is recovered from the economic hit it took due to the coronavirus.

"We saw high visitation numbers over the summer, with a seemingly extended “season”. This wasn’t our normal summer lull," said Ryvis Sierra, the public relations manager for Discover the Palm Beaches.

2021 numbers have so far surpassed 2019 leisure tourism levels. Over 2 million visitors came to Palm Beach County between April and June of 2021, up 165% from the same time frame in 2020 and 1.9% up from 2019.

Hotel numbers also set records April through July. Daily rates were up from 2020 and 2019. Occupancy was also up.

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"We also saw increased demand, not just from our normal out-of-state domestic markets in the northeast, markets like NY and MA, but also from drive market visitors," said Sierra.

Travel experts with Discover the Palm Beaches attribute high numbers to the county's smaller cities and beautiful beaches that, "can provide travelers with a valuable level of distancing and safety."

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