At Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park, Governor Rick Scott announced on February 18th that Florida saw more than 105 million people visit the state in 2015. This is the first time a state has ever seen over 100 million out-of-state and international guests. Florida has been a huge magnet for tourism, but recently the number of tourists coming in seem to be increasing at an exponential rate. While the state’s previous goal was to reach 100 million visitors in a year, Governor Rick Scott has already reset the goal to be 115 million visitors. There is little room for doubt that Florida will eventually reach this number in the coming years because of approaching expansions coming to central Florida theme parks, along with the rest of Florida’s continued success in pulling out-of-state and international visitors.
Governor Rick Scott said on Thursday that, “We have a great tourism industry all across our state.” The governor is right. Between the central Florida theme parks, the 1,350 miles of coastline, the cruising ports, and so many other pulls for tourism industry, the state of Florida is loaded with many popular locations that bring in people from around the world.
Between Walt Disney World’s continued success and the rapid influx of guests coming to Universal in recent years, central Florida alone is a huge reason why the numbers are increasing so quickly. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the president and chief executive officer of Visit Florida, Will Seccombe said, “Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States. It’s the most visited city, and certainly the home of the theme park capital of the world, right? No place else on earth can compare to that.”
News source/Photo credit: Orlando Sentinel