If you missed the good news about tourism here in Collier County, the headline is, tourist visits increased by almost ten percent in June over the same period last year. Those tourists also spent more this June than last, up more than 11 percent.
We asked our tourist “czar” Jack Wert about visitors from other countries. He said travel here from Canada showed the most growth, up 27 percent. And 14.8 percent more Europeans came last month over a year ago.
“A majority of our visitors from the United Kingdom get to Collier after a stop, a visit in the Orlando area,” Jack says. “They go there first for the attractions and then they’re looking for a beach. We get a nice share of that business.”
We’ll have more on tourism here from foreign countries here in our column in the Eagle next week.
Naples Zoo offers free admission to first responders and others
Police, sheriffs, paramedics, firefighters and other emergency workers are getting a free trip to Naples Zoo during August.
“It’s to show our appreciation to these people who keep us safe,” a Zoo notice says.
Emergency workers, active and retired, can enjoy the wildlife shows, the primate expedition cruise and other activities. Other adult and child guests in their groups will get a$2 discount off regular admission.
Those eligible for free admission must present identification, plus a coupon available at napleszoo.org/safe.
Renowned Irish singer to rock the house at Cathy O’Clarkes
Noel Kingston will be at Cathy O’Clarke’s starting at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday.
The popular Irish singer/performer will be singing, among other things, Happy O’Birthday to the hosts, because this weekend is the 10th anniversary of the Irish pub and restaurant on South Collier near the Marco Movies.
Kington was there at the beginning, entertaining patrons at Kathy O’Clarke’s on its first night open for business. Rumor has it there will be cake!
We are told the Irish gaelic language has at least three variations of how to say “happy birthday.”
So, all together now: La-breithe mhaith agat!, or Co`latha breith sona dhut! or Breithla Shona Dhuit!