By SARA KENNEDY
HOLMES BEACH -- The economic impact produced by the number of room nights visitors booked at local accommodations hit a record high of almost $63 million for the month of June, an economist Monday told the Tourist Development Council.
The economic impact went up 13.7 percent, from $55.3 million for the month of June 2013 to $62.8 million for the same period in 2014, said Walter Klages, an economist who tracks tourism trends for the Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The dollar figures translated into 124,200 room nights for the month, up 5.8 percent from the number recorded during June in 2013, he said.
"$63 million is a record, it's a healthy industry and a clean industry, and something that improves on a daily basis the quality of life that we have," Klages told the council, which met at Holmes Beach City Hall.
He called local tourism growth "very significant."
The June figures were the latest available to the council, which oversees tourism promotion and marketing for the county.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.