As home to the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” the Greater Daytona Region is known for being a beloved tourist destination. But its attractions are not just good for out-of-town visitors—they help shape the local economy in a big way, too.
Read on and take a closer look at the exciting facts, figures and developments that continue to put the Greater Daytona Region on the map.
New hotel openings
Hotels help drive tourism, giving visitors a home-away-from-home experience that allows them to stay close to the culture and attractions they care about. Fortunately, new hotels are on the way in the Greater Daytona Region—signaling that the region is more ready than ever to receive guests from all over the world. Last year, the Hard Rock Hotel made a splash with its summertime opening in Daytona Beach—and beginning this April, Speedway visitors now have the chance to enjoy one-of-a-kind accommodations at The Daytona, an Autograph Collection hotel that adds to the character of bustling One Daytona, and joins the Fairfield Inn & Suites as another top Marriot destination. These new, exciting hotels offer visitors the chance to travel in style, all while providing new jobs for hospitality professionals.
A top spot for Florida travelers
Daytona Beach, a central point for the splendor of the Greater Daytona Region, has been named one of the best Sunshine State destinations by Trip Advisor, TripSavvy and more.
The expansion of flights to and from the Daytona Beach International Airport allows for even more travelers to discover what makes the region so special. Silver Airways, for example, lets South Florida travelers explore the area with ease. Sunwing does the same for Toronto travelers—and with the arrival of American Airlines’ New York flights in May, it will be easier than ever for New Yorkers to soak up the sun, sand and coastal fun that abounds here.
Jobs by the numbers
In the Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metropolitan statistical area, there were 34,800 leisure and hospitality jobs in March—an increase of 600 jobs, or 1.8 percent, since the same month last year.
The Greater Daytona Region offers an innovative approach to tourism. The Volusia County website describes the diversity of attractions as “ECHOtourism,” named for the Ecological, Cultural, Heritage and Outdoor tourism opportunities that abound throughout the region. From parks to museums to beaches and beyond, these opportunities invite travelers (and even staycationers) to come and discover the region’s one-of-a-kind character. As they do, they stay overnight, dine out at delicious restaurants, shop and help the local economy thrive—and that is good news for businesses across the board.
Here in the Greater Daytona Region, hospitality and tourism are celebrated as key aspects of the regional identity—and, as you can see here, core parts of the economy, too. To learn more about tourism and other local industries, contact Team Volusia today!