It's Your Business: Collier breaks tourist tax record in October

Dave Osborn

Dave Osborn

Collier County collected a record amount of tourist taxes for October.

Taxes totaled $734,419 in October, the most ever collected for that month.

The tax is a 4 percent charge on hotel and other vacation stays.

The county saw a 4.9 percent increase in visitation in October. There were 123,100 visitors staying in hotels and other short-term rentals.

Not only were there more visitors in the destination in October, but they also spent more, according to Research Data Services Inc., a county consultant. There was a 10.2 percent increase in both direct spending and overall economic impact. The impact was more than $92.5 million.

"This is the 10th month in a row that we have seen more visitors and more spending, indicating a growing confidence in the economy," said Jack Wert, the county's tourism director, in a statement.

U.S. Bank appoints Jason Philips

U.S. Bank has appointed Jason M. Philips as vice president, private banker, for the Private Client Reserve in Naples.

Philips will provide a customized set of services to manage the banking needs of high-net-worth individuals and families in southern Florida.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri.

Realtors group installs officers

The Bonita Springs-Estero Chapter of Women's Council of Realtors recently installed its 2013 officers.

They are: Jay Berube, Encompass Realty, Keller Williams, president; Michael Jackson, Keller Williams, president-elect; Alana Consolo, Estero Elite Realty, VP membership; Cheryl Ankenbrandt, AmeriSpec Home Inspection, treasurer; and Emily Ross-Campos, Monarch Builders of SWF Inc.

NABOR donates $10K for Sandy relief

The Naples Area Board of Realtors donated $10,000 to the National Association of Realtors' Realtors Relief Foundation to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The foundation distributes 100 percent of money collected to disaster relief causes. Information: 239-597-1666;

Norman Gentry named to panel

Collier County commissioners have appointed Norman Gentry, vice president of DeAngelis Diamond Construction Inc., as a member of the Development Services Advisory Committee. The panel serves as a communication link between the Community Development Services Division, the development industry and Collier residents.

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