Florida tourism numbers up in first half of 2018

September 15, 2018

At least 65.5 million of tourists visited Florida during the first six months of 2018 – the highest number ever recorded in the first half of any year in the state history said Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday.

So far, 2018 was surpassing 2017, which reached the top of a record, with around 6%. “Florida’s tourism industry and our entire economy continue to flourish,” Scott said in a statement.

Almost nine out of ten tourists came from within the United States, according to the estimate of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing agency. About 5.2 million foreign travelers and 2.3 million Canadians were also responsible for the growing number of visitors.

Tourism records have been regularly broken. 2017 brought the most significant number of visitors to Florida, even with Hurricane Irma that temporarily shut down the theme parks and disrupted many people’s travel plans.

In 2017, 118.5 million people visited Florida, the statement said on Wednesday, noting that it was 2 million more than previously announced in March. It was the eighth year of a consecutive increase of tourists.

In Orlando, 72 million tourists arrived in 2017, another record for any US city, Visit Orlando previously said.

Scott emphasized the importance of tourism in the state’s economy.

“These record achievements enable our economy to create more jobs and contribute to our success by having nearly 1.6 million jobs created in the private sector in seven and a half years, while our state’s unemployment rate is the lowest in almost a decade,” said Scott.

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