Skip to main content
Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, May 13, 2018 1 year ago

Volusia County celebrates record-breaking tourism economic impact and job growth in 2017

Also in Biz Buzz: Florida Boat Show, Ormond Beach YMCA, Florida Brings Hope, Florida Hospital and local business happenings
by: Scott Fishman Contributing Writer

Volusia County tourism industry leaders came together during National Travel & Tourism Week May 9 at the new Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach to celebrate the record-breaking tourism economic impact local businesses received in 2017. The event featured a speaker panel representing the three tourism bureaus and tours of the new property.

Data revealed that in 2017 overnight visitors spent a record-breaking $6.09 billion in Volusia County, a 1.5% increase over last year.  Tourism generated an estimated 55,200 jobs overall with a $734 million payroll that grew by 33%.  The lodging industry generated 3,450 jobs in Volusia County representing a $75 million payroll and a 34% increase. Ten million visitors came to the county, half of which stayed in hotels and motels, and half with friends and family, representing a two percent increase.

Visit to complete the Convention Visitor Bureau’s Tourism Trivia Challenge before May 31 for a chance to win prizes including two-night “Staycation” at the new Fairfield Inn & Suites Daytona Beach.

Florida Brings Hope TeenZone students to benefit from enriched learning experience

More than 90 middle school students were treated as VIPs during a construction tour of ICI Homes’ Plantation Bay Community in Ormond Beach.  TeenZone participants and chaperones from the Food Brings Hope middle schools including Campbell, Holly Hill K-8, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach and Southwestern participated.

ICI Homes’ building professionals answered questions and led students through each stage of the homebuilding process; from foundation to completed project. Students were able to walk through a newly framed home before moving next door to a home with the addition of dry wall. The day concluded with a scavenger hunt in one of the model homes.

Ed Noseworthy
Samir Naran

New Board Members

Samir Naran and Ed Noseworthy have joined the FBH Executive Board. 

Ormond Outpost hosting ribbon cutting for one year in business

Ormond Outpost, along with the Ormond Beach Chamber of Commerce, has organized a ribbon cutting 4-5 p.m. Thursday, May 17, to mark the company’s first anniversary. Representatives from partner companies Ormond Outdoor Adventures and Level 10 Performance-Motorsports will also be on hand. Festivities including food trucks, music, gift basket raffles and discounts throughout the store and service shop. For more information, visit

Police Appreciation Week comes to Volusia Mall

In observance of Police Appreciation Week, the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach is displaying police vehicles and culminating its activities with a Back the Blue event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Visitors can meet officers from Port Orange, Daytona Beach and Sheriff Departments. There will also be 911 communication and Crime Stopper vehicle and information booths, police robotics units, police K9 meet & greets, law enforcement recruiting tables, fingerprinting for children and giveaways.

Local Florida Hospitals receive the highest national quality award for stroke care

The Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This is the highest national quality award for stroke care. A special ceremony and celebration was held to recognize and congratulate the local emergency medical services (EMS) and first responder teams for their role in this achievement. The two hospitals also were recognized with the Associations’ Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award.

Related Stories