The City of Clearwater Shows Strong Growth as International Tourist Destination

The tourism industry has shown significant growth in Clearwater, Florida based on recently published reports. Clearwater and its Island Beaches have long been attracting visitors from far and wide, but the destination has shown particularly strong growth this year. Virtually all markers point to increased visitor numbers across the board and the outlook is especially bright with the anticipated release of Dolphin Tale this fall.

The figures released by the Pinellas County CVB for May reports growth in tourist numbers, total room nights and overall visitor expenditure. Total visitors to the area for May of this year reached 378,300 people, up 4.2% from 2010, while the year-to-date statistics show similar growth, up 2.4% to 2,373,400 people. Total room nights climbed to 535,100, representing an increase of 5.4% compared to last year. Occupancy rates are up across the board as is total expenditure in the area. The year-to-date expenditure from tourism is $3,015,800, so far for 2011, up 3.8% from 2010.
Visitor satisfaction has also increased, with over 95% of those surveyed responding positively, as has those visitors who plan to return, currently greater than 90%. More than 94% of respondents said that they would recommend visiting the area to a friend.

The City of Clearwater is a year-round beach destination on Florida’s acclaimed Gulf coast and is consistently hailed as one of the top beaches in the US. Clearwater offers extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea, as well as being home to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Winter the dolphin. Winter is set to star alongside Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in the upcoming Dolphin Tale, a movie about her inspiring, true story of survival after overcoming the loss of her tail. The city is made especially pedestrian-friendly with the recent addition of the beautiful Beach Walk promenade, providing the perfect path to Pier 60 for the nightly sunset festivals of music and art.

The full report outlining visitor number figures for the greater St. Petersburg/Clearwater area can be found at http://www.pinellascvb.com/statistics/2011-05-Visitor%20Profile.pdf, while more information about the City of Clearwater and its extensive tourism offerings can be found at
www.visitclearwaterflorida.com.

About Clearwater
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

www.visitclearwaterflorida.com