ANNA MARIA ISLAND, Fla. — Tourism in Manatee County brought in a record-breaking $1,056,770,000 in 2019.
"We’ve traveled to other places and we just find that we keep coming back here, it’s beautiful," said Gail Tomblin-Murphy, visiting from Canada.
She and her family are visiting again in May. They’re bringing more people and plan to bring them to Ginny's & Jane E’s, an island staple.
"We’re busy, we’re busy all the time. This is no longer a seasonal business," said Paul Foster, Ginny's & Jane E’s owner.
Businesses are thriving on Anna Maria Island. More than $1 billion came into Manatee County in tourism dollars last year.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar says it could be that people were happy red tide was gone.
"You could tell people just felt good again. They were getting out more. I mean, our sales went up six percent which is phenomenal," said John Horne, Anna Maria Oyster Bar owner.
Anne Wittine of Research Data Services Inc. presented a 2019 visitor profile to the Manatee County Tourist Development Council this month.
They found that the number of visitors in 2019 was 772,500, up from 715,400 in 2018.