It looks like the summer tourist season was a good one for Cape May County. Occupancy tax collection from January through July 2019 is up 8.4% over 2018 with an increase of $544,922, indicating a rise in overnight visitors. July, the latest data available, generated nearly half of what was collected during the prior 6 months, bringing the total collection to date to slightly over $7 million, according to Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland. The 2018 Occupancy tax 12-month collection rate was $12.5 million. The increase in Occupancy Tax collection indicates a minimal increase in room rates with a substantial uptick in overnight stays.