Florida attracted 112.8 million tourists in 2016

Published on : Friday, February 17, 2017

floridaFlorida had attracted a record breaking 112.8 million globetrotters in the year 2016 that marked a sharp 5.9% rise over the tourism arrivals in 201, as per the statement of Rick Scott, the Governor on Thursday.


This increase marks the sixth consecutive year of substantial tourism growth in the state, said the government’s office.


The tourism-related jobs area has also been at an all-time high in the state. For, the tourism sector has employed 1.4 million people last year, according to the government’s office. Scott said that he is proud to declare that Florida has been capable of welcoming a record number of 112.8 million tourists to the state in 2016.


They had ended up spending nearly $109 and also supported an overwhelming 1.4 million Florida jobs in 2016.


This is truly a testimony to the significance of thriving tourism in the growing economy. On Wednesday, Palm Beach County tourism leaders had announced a stunning number of 7.35 million visitors who had travelled to Palm Beach County in 2016.


A 7% increase in domestic tourists and a 7.3% rise in Florida-based visitors has mainly been a major growth driver as compared to the tourism industry’s scenario in 2015. The figures have been released by the Discover The Palm Beaches that represents the tourism marketing arm of the country.


The country has also witnessed the largest increased in the tourist arrivals from Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and New York, as asserted by Discover.


The announcement comes following a day after he had met the municipal and business leaders of Palm Beach County, in order to harness support for two state agencies confronting the risk of elimination, Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida.


These two private-public agencies that promote Florida as a tourism hot spot are under pressure in Tallahassee.


Scott said on Thursday that the tourism industry has witnessed ‘incredible successes’ despite the presence of certain challenges last year like the outbreak of Zika, mass shooting in the U.S. and two hurricanes.



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