The News-Press' Laura Ruane reported that major tourism indicators for the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel saw an increase in the second quarter of 2017, compared to last year. These indicators include an occupancy rate of 61.7 percent (up 0.5 percent from the same time in 2016) and a 7 percent increase in visitor spending. The highest number of U.S. travelers to the area came from Chicago, Boston, New York and Indianapolis.
Tourism is responsible for 20 percent of the jobs in Lee County.
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