News Press: “Florida sees record number of visitors”
“Florida sees record number of visitors”
Laura Ruane, News Press
Feb. 14, 2014
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Tourism statewide in 2013 broke previous records, Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday during a visit to Orlando.
Preliminary numbers from Visit Florida show:
• 94.7 million visitors came to Florida in 2013, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2012.
• The previous high, 91.5 million, occurred in 2012.
• The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was also a record high: 1,088,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry – up 2.9 percent from 2012.
Visit Florida also estimated 11.5 million overseas visitors and 3.7 million Canadians came to Florida in 2013, both of which are record highs and represent 11.1 percent and 4.1 percent increases over 2012 respectively.
The estimates also show a 2.5 percent increase in domestic visitors to Florida in 2013 and suggest that Floridians took a record total of 20.1 million in-state pleasure trips last year.
Scott made Friday’s announcement at the Universal Orlando Resort where resort officials said they will be creating nearly 3,500 new jobs this year.
Noting his pledge to commit $100 million to Visit Florida in the fiscal year beginning next October, Scott said: “Every 85 visitors to Florida equals one job in our state — and it is clear that more visitors to the Sunshine State means more jobs for Florida families.”