Visit Florida recently said that the state recorded 85.9 million people in 2011. The state tourism agency said that the estimated total was a 4.4 per cent increase over 2010 and the highest number since 2007. The number shows Florida tourism has rebounded from a crippling recession and 2010 oil spill that kept visitors away from its beaches and attractions. The increases in Florida outpace the rest of the country, according to a Washington Post report.
Officials said the rebound was helped by large increases in visitors from Brazil and a dramatic turnaround by the Panhandle beaches in the first full year after the oil spill.
Visit Florida said estimates show a 3 per cent increase in domestic visitors, a 5.7 per cent increase in Canadian visitors and a 16-percent increase in overseas visitors.