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Florida Tourism And Visitor Spending Reaching Record High

Posted at 3:45 PM, Sep 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-23 11:29:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - On Monday, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida tourism is on pace for another record year.

According to Visit Florida's estimates, 24 million visitors came to the Sunshine State during the second quarter of 2014 (between May and June). This is a three percent increase from 2013.

Governor Scott said, "A thriving tourism industry is vital to growing jobs, and today's report that Florida has experienced another record quarter for visitation is great news for Florida families."

Visit Florida says that this is the largest second quarter for tourism that the state has ever experienced.

Visitor spending is also up a little over seven percent, according to the estimates. Visit Florida says that visitor spending has already brought in nearly 36 billion dollars for the state this year alone. 

Visit Florida says that about three million overseas visitors and one million Canadians came to Florida in 2014 so far, both of which are record highs.

Governor Scott believes that the number of tourists in 2014 will keep growing. "This year we invested $74 million into Visit Florida, and set a goal to have 100 million visitors visit the Sunshine State, which we are well on our way to reaching."