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Sarasota News Leader Among other statistics: May 31, 2013 Page 36 2012. The average room cost per day in January 2012 was $142.34; it was $147.61 in January this year. For March, the rate was $198.15, compared to $185.38 in March 2012. • The hotel/motel/condo occupancy rate was higher by 5.6 percent in January compared to the same month in 2012, while it notched a 2 percent increase in February. However, the March occupancy rate was down 0.8 • The Midwest continued to be the leader — percent compared to the figure for March as it has in the past — among points of or2012. Still, the March 2012 rate was 94.7 igin for visitors to Sarasota County for the percent, with the March 2013 figure at 93.9 first three months of this year. According percent. to the Visit Sarasota County report, 29.7 percent of tourists said they were from • Daily room rates increased in a range from the Midwest, with 29.1 percent from the 3.7 percent in January to 6.9 percent in Northeast. March, compared to the same months in A chart compares Tourist Development Tax collections over the past three fiscal years. Image courtesy Sarasota County Tax Collector's Office

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