Florida sees record tourism pace

A record-breaking 85 million people visited Florida during the first nine months of the year, a 5.5 percent increase over last year and the highest tourism count ever recorded from January to September, Gov. Rick Scott’s office said Monday.

Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA

Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA

The governor’s office said 26.9 million visitors came to the state during the third quarter of the year, an increase of 5.1 percent.

The average number of direct travel-related jobs was also a record high, Scott’s office said. Between July and September, there were 1.2 million Floridians employed in the tourism industry, an increase of 4.1 percent.

Palm Beach County’s tourism industry is also having a record-breaking year.

A record 1.59 million people visited Palm Beach County during the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 8.2 percent over the same time period last year, county tourism leaders said Thursday.

Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, said the county is on pace to welcome 7.2 million in 2016, exceeding last year’s record of 6.9 million.

 

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