It’s because of tourism. Specifically in Pinellas County where tourism is the No. 1 employer — just like in the state — residents actually save $740 a year on local taxes. This is thanks to the money tourists pump into the economy daily by staying in our hotels, eating at our restaurants and exploring our attractions. And it’s very likely one of your neighbors or friends is employed by tourism as it employs 1 in every 10 people in St. Pete/Clearwater.
WHY TOURISM WORKS
102,000 people employed by tourism in St. Pete/Clearwater.
Nationally, one in every nine American jobs depends on travel.
Florida is one of only seven states without an income tax. Why? Tourism.
$10 billion in local economic impact generated annually by visitors.