Following an article from the Naples Daily News there is a positive trend occurring concerning the numbers of tourists that came to visit Naples, or to be more precise, Collier County:
“The tourism picture in Collier County brightened a bit in the months of February. The county saw 194,700 visitors staying in hotels and other vacation rentals last month — an increase of 0.7 percent over the year, according to a report by Tampa-based Research Data Services. Tourism spending also rose 2.5 percent to more than $255.9 million, up 2.5 percent from a year ago.
“Other year-over-year statistics aren’t as positive:» The county once again saw declines in occupancy (-1.3 percent), average daily rate (-0.7 percent) and revenue per available room (-2 percent).» Tourism from five of the county’s key feeder markets slowed. In the United States, the county saw fewer visitors from the Northeast (down 1.4 percent), the Midwest (down 1.8 percent) and the West (down 1.6 percent).”
This is interesting numbers and good news also for the Home Sales Market. Why? Because when anyone, and if only as a tourist has seen Naples, they will fall in love and come back. And when they love to come back then why not to come back “home” to a property that belongs to them?