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Florida tourism hits new high

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 | Updated: Feb 21, 2013 - 3:08:27 PM
89.3 million people visited Florida in 2012, a new tourism record for the state. In 2011, there were 2.3 percent less visitors, with the numbers coming in at 87.3 million. These numbers were compiled in an annual report from the state’s tourism marketing firm, Visit Florida. Interestingly, the report even goes so far as to break down the numbers by domestic and overseas visitors. 10.2 million of the tourists visiting Florida came from overseas and there were 1.2 percent more domestic visitors than last year.

Visit Florida Board of Directors Chairman Glenn Hastings said, "Surpassing the 10 million overseas visitor mark for the first time ever is a significant milestone for Florida's tourism industry. With over 10 percent of all Canadians traveling to Florida last year, we are exceedingly grateful for the loyalty of our friends and family to the North."


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