Background


Background

The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) was created in 2008 by the Nassau Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to develop and execute the marketing of Amelia Island as a world-class tourism destination.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (AITDC), the AICVB utilizes funding generated by a 5% Tourism Development Tax (TDT) on short-term lodging located on Amelia Island to maximize the economic impact of tourism while enhancing the island’s quality of life.

Since its inception, the AICVB has driven tourism initiatives to produce record-breaking economic performance year after year, while supporting events and activities that add to the experiences available to residents and visitors.

In implementing the programs of the AITDC, the AICVB works to maximize the positive impact of a sustainable tourism industry for the citizens of Amelia Island. By inspiring travelers to “Come Make Memories” and share their experiences, the AICVB stimulates visitation to Amelia Island and its many attractions and special events.

Those visitors generate more sales tax and tourism development tax revenues, which, in turn, may be used to improve the quality of life for residents, provide resources for beach renourishment, and ensure the continued viability of the area’s all-important hospitality industry.


How important is tourism to Nassau County?


Tourism accounts for 25% of all jobs in Nassau County, making it the county’s top private job creator.


Tourism generates a total annual economic impact of more than $897 million (2019).


Tourism impact includes more than a third of county sales tax, more than $12 million in property taxes for local schools, and millions in fuel taxes that support county roadways.


Tourism saves the average county household $4,445 in local and state taxes.