Amelia Island Tourist development Council

Tourism is Nassau County's largest job creator and a leading driver of its economy. Our vision is to position Amelia Island as one of North America's top 10 island destinations, maximizing the return on tax dollars invested, increasing demand, and enhancing the visitor experience. Our programs are funded by a 5% tourist tax on short-term accommodations. We dedicate over 75% of that revenue to advertising and promoting Amelia Island using a variety of channels.


Created by the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners in 1988, the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (AITDC) oversees the development and marketing of Amelia Island as a world-class tourism destination. As provided by Florida law, the AITDC is responsible for the expenditure of revenues received from the levy and imposition of the tourism development tax.

 

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ECONOMIC IMPACT OF TOURISM

Developing a sustainable tourism program is an essential part of ensuring an economically robust Nassau County. The hospitality industry supports over 25% of jobs, generates 38% of sales taxes, and over $40 million in net economic benefits to Nassau County. Ensuring that the tourism industry improves the quality of life for residents is essential to maintaining the quality tours and product. 


The investment made by the Board of County Commissioners allows us to be competitive in the marketplace - targeting customers who stay longer and spend more, thus achieving our goals as stewards of the destination.


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HOW WE WORK

The goals of the AITDC are to generate visitation to Amelia Island and its attractions/special events, thereby increasing tax revenues, including sales taxes and those imposed on the hospitality industry. In turn, those tax revenues may be used to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the community, provide support for beach renourishment, and ensure a viable hospitality industry.


Benefits we provide include:

  • The AmeliaIsland.com website  and social media channels that continuously bring the story of Amelia Island to life to travelers around the world
  • Partnership with local organizations and special events
  • Production of key events
  • State-of-the-art Welcome Center at the foot of Centre Street in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, staffed by expert ambassadors, restored with care, and outfitted with the latest technology
  • Availability of market research based on traveler interviews
  • Marketing programs including print and digital cooperative advertising opportunities

ACCESSIBILITY

Amelia Island TDC is committed to ensuring digital accessibility to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability.  As part of these efforts, we are actively working to improve the user experience for everyone, and in doing so, adhere to pertinent accessibility standards and guidelines.  


We welcome your feedback on the accessibility and functionality of our website. If you would like to report any accessibility suggestions or problems, or if you would like to request accessibility-related assistance, please contact us at info@ameliaisland.com or at (904) 277-4369.