The Real Deal Miami

Big improvement for South Florida hotel industry

April 08, 2010 11:29PM

The region’s hotels feel a tentative recovery on the way, but with increased occupancies come much higher lodging taxes. The Super Bowl weekend helped cause a spike of 33 percent in lodging taxes, the biggest one-month improvement in nearly 20 years. In the same period last year, lodging taxes fell 24 percent. This year’s number bested that of 2007, when such taxes went up by only 17 percent. Broward County, too, showed improvement, with the first month in almost two years that showed improvement in all hotel indicators. [Miami Herald]