The Tourist Development Council (TDC) has oversight responsibility for the contracted marketing agencies which include Discover The Palm Beaches, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Film & Television Commission and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission along with the Palm Beach County Convention Center operations. The development of the TDC Strategic Plan with the approval of the Board of County Commissioners provides a framework for use by all agencies in creating the marketing and promotion programs of tourism in Palm Beach County. This is accomplished by empowering collaborative partnerships of these agencies, advocating appropriate destination-defining developments and ensuring the continued steady growth of visitors to The Palm Beaches.
Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating an annual economic impact of $7.0 plus billion in the local economy, producing $45 million plus in bed-tax revenue, on lodging sales exceeding $700 million annually and supporting 60,000 plus tourism related jobs. The Tourist Development Tax and the current use is critically important to the management of Tourism Development in the Palm Beaches. The Tax which began in the 1980's to promote the tourism and the cultural economy by State Statute has served the State and County well.
We continue to grow the Palm Beach County economy through the managed investments in marketing, promotion, investments in beaches, a convention center and two Spring training baseball stadiums.