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Tourist tax collections 2019

Here's a look at tourist tax collections in Anna Maria Island's three cities. Numbers reflect the approximate change from the same month in the...
County to consider record high tourism budget

County to consider record high tourism budget

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – Tourism officials voted to recommend a record $13.2 million marketing budget for the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)...
Unregistered Airbnb being fined $250 per day

Airbnb compliant; will not be fined

ANNA MARIA – The city of Anna Maria has concluded that the Airbnb at 302 North Shore Drive does not have to be registered...

County collecting tourist tax from most Airbnb owners

ANNA MARIA ISLAND – The Manatee County Tax Collector told concerned county commissioners last week that vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent their...
Red tide down, tourism promotion up

Red tide down, tourism promotion up

Updated Feb. 14, 2019 - BRADENTON – Local officials are accelerating tourism promotion efforts to overcome the stigma left by red tide since it...
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County plans to pursue Airbnb users for taxes

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners have unanimously voted to find another way to collect tourist taxes from vacation rental owners using Airbnb to rent...
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Tourist tax collections 2018

The local 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the tax to their...
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New tourism initiatives address red tide challenges

ANNA MARIA - Despite red tide in area waters since early August, tourism grew in Manatee County during the fiscal year October 2017 through...
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Tourism winter cure campaign set to launch

ANNA MARIA ISLAND - Manatee County’s new tourism marketing campaign will run from November through the winter tourist season to counteract the loss of...
Red Tide SBA loans

Economic injury loans available

Greg Dawson, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Disaster Assistance Field Operations met with a group of Bradenton...
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CVB tracks red tide’s influence on tourism

Red tide caused Manatee County to lose 17.5 percent in economic activity in August, according to a report by the Bradenton Area Convention and...
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County approves $500,000 more for red tide beach cleanup

BRADENTON – Manatee County commissioners unanimously voted on Sept. 11 to take another $500,000 from tourist tax funds and use it to remove dead...

Red tide assistance available for businesses

Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network are available to businesses whose customers are staying...
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Vacancies open on TDC

Applications are being accepted for three openings on the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The TDC is comprised of nine members who make recommendations...
Bradenton Anna Maria Island Longboat Key

New tourism marketing campaign in the works

BRADENTON – A new marketing campaign aims at attracting potential visitors to Anna Maria Island and Manatee County with the cure for what ails...