The U.S. state of Florida, known for its hot weather, perpetually sunny skies and beautiful beaches, is breaking new tourism records.
During the first six months 2015, VISIT FLORIDA reported visitor numbers at a record 54.1 million, a 5.5 percent increase over the same period in 2014. And from April to June, Florida welcomed 25.8 million visitors, more than it has ever welcomed in any other quarter in the state’s history.
Now, the U.S. state of Florida is well on its way to surpassing its goal of welcoming 100 million visitors this year.
Florida visitor numbers have risen steadily in the last few decades, climbing from 73.9 million in 2002 to 98.8 million last year. And the numbers are still climbing.
The largest number of visitors in the first six months of 2015 – 45.7 million – were domestic travelers, a 6.7 percent increase over the number of domestic visitors the state welcome during the same period in 2014, according to VISIT FLORIDA’s preliminary estimates. Florida welcomed approximately 5.5 million visitors came from overseas and 2.9 million from Canada, 1.7 percent and 1.1 percent more, respectively, than during the same time last year.
Over 1.2 million Australians visited the United States in 2014, 75 percent of which were traveling for holiday to destinations such as beaches, according to last year’s report by the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.
“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 Governor Rick Scott. “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.”