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According to the “Tampa Bay Business Journal”, Florida welcomed the highest amount of visitors of any six months in the state’s history this year with 54.1 million visitors, according to Visit Florida.
The record amount of visitors represents a 5.8 increase over the prior year. In April to June, 25.8 million visitors came to the state, an increase of 5.5 percent over the year.
In addition, the average number of direct travel-related jobs in the second quarter also was a record high, with 1,213,500 Floridians employed in the tourism industry — up 4.9 percent over the prior year.
“Our growing tourism industry employs over 1.2 million Floridians and is helping us meet our goal of becoming the best place in the world for jobs,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in a prepared statement. “We are excited to mark the first half of 2015 with our biggest second quarter ever, and we look forward to exceeding our goal of 100 million visitors to Florida this year.”
Visit Florida estimates that 2.7 million overseas visitors and 1.2 million Canadians came to Florida in the second quarter. Estimates also show that 21.9 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in the second quarter of 2015, a 6.8 percent increase over the previous year.
Preliminary figures for the first half of 2015 show 45.7 million domestic visitors, 5.5 million overseas visitors and 2.9 million Canadians have come to the Sunshine State, representing increases of 6.7 percent, 1.7 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively.