Orange County is one of the top travel destinations in the world with more than 59 million visitors a year and is fast approaching its pre-pandemic levels of 75 million annual visitors. Orange County’s Tourist Development Tax (TDT) – sometimes called the “bed tax” – is revenue generated by a 6-percent tax on hotel stays and other short-term rentals that are less than six months in duration. TDT collections were enacted by ordinance in 1978 following a successful voter referendum. The approval for counties to levy these taxes is authorized in Section 125.0104 of Florida Statutes.
Task Force Objective
Mayor Demings has empaneled a Citizen Advisory Task Force to review and provide input to the Board of County Commissioners and the Tourist Development Council on potential uses of future, unallocated Tourist Development Tax revenues that meet current guidelines in Florida Statutes.