GALVESTON - Peak-season revenue — April to July — in Galveston reached a record high of $8.4 million in 2012, according the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. Peak-season revenue has been on the rise since 2009 when the city collected $5.3 million in hotel occupancy tax.
The number of people renting a room on the island during peak season increased to 79 percent, even though the daily room rate was 16 percent higher than it was in 2011, which averaged about 74 percent.
A total of 920,000 cruise passengers in 2011 contributed $9.15 million to the port’s cruise revenue, according to economic partnership data.
Tourism numbers statewide also have been increasing. More than 70 percent of 208 million domestic travelers in 2011 reported visiting Texas purely for leisure.
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