A record-breaking 29.8 million tourists visited Florida during the first quarter of the year, marking the highest tourism count ever recorded from January to March, according to data released Monday by Gov. Rick Scott’s office.
The governor announced that 29.8 million tourists visited the state between January and March, a 4.8 percent increase from the same time period last year.
“I’m thrilled that Florida continues to break records in the amount of tourists visiting our state,” Scott said in a statement released by his office. “Nearly 30 million visitors have enjoyed our beautiful beaches and attractions so far this year, and a record high of more than 1.2 million Floridians are employed in the tourism industry – which is great news. Last year, we exceeded our goal of an historic 105 million visitors because of Florida’s unique national treasures, and I look forward to smashing our record again this year by welcoming 115 million visitors to the Sunshine State.”