|Saturday, February 18, 2012, 19:00 Hrs [IST]|
Florida witnesses record 85.9 million tourists in 2011
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.