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Orange County tourism numbers showing signs of life

ORLANDO, Fla. — There is better news on the horizon for Orange County tourism.

The critical tourism development tax that helps stimulate the local economy is showing an upward trend.

The tax is collected from places like hotel rentals and apartment leases that are six months or less.

That’s a positive as it has been a bumpy ride for TDT collections for over a year now during the coronavirus pandemic.

This time last year, there were catastrophic dips in the tourist development tax.

The latest numbers show:

March 2021 collections stand at around $17.6 million, which is a 27 percent

Hawaii’s short-term vacation rental business is still showing signs of struggle since the recent lifting of the COVID ban

COVID-19 restrictions banning short-term vacation rentals just lifted on Oahu, which moved into Tier 2 of its economic reopening Thursday.

That means roughly 800 short-term vacation rental properties on Oahu, which had been sidelined by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s pandemic restrictions since April 7, are now allowed to resume business like their neighbor island counterparts.

Short-term rentals, which rented for 30 days or less and weren’t being used to quarantine guests, have been allowed to operate on Hawaii island and Kauai and in Maui County since the middle of June, when the state’s first pandemic-inspired interisland quarantine was lifted. That

Tennessee voting rights law: Governor signs bill penalizing some protesters with felony and loss of voting rights

Bill HB 8005 increases the punishment for camping on state property from a misdemeanor to a class E felony that is punishable by up to six years in prison.
Signing of the bill comes as protesters have been camping outside the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, demanding a meeting with the Republican governor to discuss racial inequality and police brutality since June, according to the Washington Post. Protesters are also asking for the removal of a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust at the State Capitol. Forrest was a slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader.
Campers would first be given