FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, Fort Lauderdale is getting ready for a huge influx of tourists.
AAA has Fort Lauderdale as one of the top ten destinations for visitors in the United States. This comes as Broward is seeing record-breaking tourism numbers so far this year.READ MORE: Seminoles Suspend Sports Betting After Court Rulings
Visit Lauderdale says the money a tourist spends here helps locals and small businesses.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
“They spend money which keeps people employed which means you can feed your family, you can pay for your car, you can pay your rent or mortgage, and the economy continues to move forward,” said Visit Lauderdale CEO Stacy Ritter.MORE NEWS: Police Shoot, Kill Knife-Wielding Suspect At Florida Institute of Technology
The tourist development tax alone is expected to generate more than $90 million in 2021. That money helps fund tourism-related entities like The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, FLA Live Arena, and beach re-nourishment projects.