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About the TDC

A nine-member Tourist Development Council (TDC) appointed by the Board of County Commissioners helps ensure effective use of the tourist development taxes. Historically, the TDC has been a major advocate for tourism promotion and development, advising the County Commission on the use of tourist tax revenues and helping Experience Kissimmee frame up its annual budget and marketing plans.

The first meeting of the Osceola County Tourist Development Council was held August 5, 1977 to help lobby for passage of a local tourist development tax that would generate tourism promotional funds.

On November 8, 1977, the 2 percent bed tax passed in a countywide referendum. Osceola County was the first Florida County to pass it. Motels, hotels and campgrounds within the county began collections in December of that year.

The TDC is comprised of four (4) tourism industry members, three (3) elected officials and two (2) non-tourism-related business representatives.

The Tourist Development Council usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The upcoming schedule can be found on Osceola.org.

Chairman
Brian Wong - Celebration Suites
 
Vice-Chairwoman
Viviana Janer - Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair, County Commissioner District 2
 
Collectors
George Chen - Formosa Gardens
Michael E. Harford - Collector
Brian Wong - Celebration Suites
 
Non-Collectors
Guillermo Hansen - El Osceola Star
Mel Welch - Total Design Consortium
 
Elected Officials
Jose Alvarez - Mayor, City of Kissimmee
Nathan Blackwell - Mayor, City of St. Cloud
Viviana Janer - Board of County Commissioners Vice Chair, County Commissioner District 2

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