Palm Beach County saw a record-breaking number of tourists in 2017 according to Discover The Palm Beaches, the county's official tourism marketing corporation.
Palm Beach County had 7.9 million tourists in 2017, up 8% from the year before which was also an all-time high. This is the 9th consecutive year of growth and nearly double the amount of tourism in 2009.
The majority of tourists were from New York, Washington D.C., and other parts of Florida. Officials partially attribute the increase in Washington D.C. visitors to the opening of 'The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches,' a spring training complex for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.
Nearly 800,000 tourists were from out of the country, which is also an increase.
"(Tourism) creates and protects thousands of jobs, and drives growth for all economic sectors of Palm Beach County,” says Jorge Pesquera, Discover The Palm Beaches’ president and chief executive. “Our top goal is to harness and continue to build this momentum, as we paint the picture of the Palm Beaches as a bucket-list destination.”
The plethora of things to do in the area is what keeps locals happy and drives tourists to contribute to our economy. Tourism is Florida's largest industry providing 1.4 million jobs. In Palm Beach County, the industry employs 70,000 residents and generates more than $7 billion for the local economy.