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Hillsborough County bed-tax collections break records in June

Hillsborough County collected a record $2 million in tourism development taxes for the month of June.

The bump in travelers who stayed in Hillsborough County hotels is up 44 percent compared with June 2014 and is 22 percent higher than the previous highest record for June, which was set in 2012. Hillsborough County has collected just over $23 million in bed-tax revenue for the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The county collected $23.7 million for the entire 2014 fiscal year.

Tampa Bay tourism boosters credit the surge in collections to a number of conferences that Tampa has hosted. In June Hillsborough hosted the Church of God in Christ's Auxiliaries in Ministry, which was responsible for 8,500 room nights, Metrocon's 2015 annual convention brought in 1,600 room nights and the Avid Center Tampa Summer Institute recorded 2,950 room nights.

"Hillsborough County continues to perform at the top of its game as a tourism destination," said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County's tourism agency, in a statement. "With new restaurants, new attractions, new hotels and — starting Sept. 25 — new international flights from Germany, the entire Tampa Bay region is truly hitting its stride as a must-see destination."

June's bed-tax numbers, which is a tax collected on hotel room stays in Hillsborough County, reflect higher room rates and profitability in the local hotel industry, Visit Tampa Bay officials said.

More events are on the way: The Tampa Convention Center will host the Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.