2017 Florida Tourism numbers have set a record for the 8th year in a row, breaking 2016’s numbers by over 3 percent.
An estimated 116.5 million tourists visited the Sunshine State last year. 102.3 million of those visitors were domestic and 14.2 million foreign. Of the 14.2 million foreign visitors, 10.7 million came from overseas and 3.5 million travelled to Florida from Canada.
Even with Hurricane Irma, which shut down Orlando theme parks – including the Walt Disney World Resort – for two days, tourism still reached record numbers.
“Because of Visit Florida’s aggressive marketing efforts to make sure families across the world knew that Florida was open to visitors following Hurricane Irma, we are able to celebrate another record-breaking year for tourism,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement. “This is especially great news for the 1.4 million jobs that rely on our growing tourism industry.”
The last quarter of 2017 was particularly strong with 28.5 million visitors. This is a 6% increase over 2016. The Walt Disney World Resort also saw record breaking attendance for the final quarter of 2017.
Officials are already saying that 2018 is looking just as strong. And with Orlando’s major theme parks opening new attractions this year, like Toy Story Land – which is set to open June 30th, it is expected those numbers will just keep growing!
Source: Orlando Sentinel