by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 15, 2017
According to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, his state hosted a record 60.7 million tourists during the first six months of this year. The numbers represents a 4.1 percent increase over the same period in 2016; the figure includes 53.2 million domestic visitors, 5.3 million overseas visitors and 2.2 million Canadian visitors.
In a press conference today, Scott said, "I am proud to announce today that Florida has continued its record-breaking success by welcoming more than 60 million visitors to our state over the first half of 2017 -- the highest number of visitors of any six months in our state's history. This means back-to-back record quarters for our state. Now, with the investments made in Visit Florida during this year's special legislative session, we can continue to break records and work toward our goal of 120 million visitors this year. Florida's booming tourism industry supports 1.4 million jobs across the state, and I know that Visit Florida and their many local partners are continuing to focus on breaking more records in order to help create even more opportunities for our families."
In a statement addressing the record, Ken Lawson, president and CEO of Visit Florida, said, "With more than 60 million visitors to the state so far this year, this is an exciting and historic time for the Florida tourism industry. Visit Florida is committed to continuing to create cutting-edge marketing programs for our industry partners of all sizes that showcase the state to visitors and help make Florida the number-one vacation destination in the world."