Florida surpasses hurricane and records tourist record in 2017

The impact of the Irma represented a loss with visitor spending of $ 1.5 billion, with 1.1 billion allocated to national visitors and another 400 million to foreigners.

The state of Florida, in the United States, established, in 2017, a new tourist record despite the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. In all, the country registered the arrival of 116.5 million national and international visitors, 3.6% more than in 2016, Governor Rick Scott said today (20).

Of the total number of visitors, 102.3 million came from other states and 3.5 million came from Canada.

The number of shipments in the 18 most important airports in the Sunshine State increased by 4.1% over the previous year, totaling 87.2 million passengers, according to data released by Visit Florida, state.

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“Today, I am proud to announce that Florida continues to set records, welcoming more than 116 million visitors by 2017,” Scott told a news conference in Naples on the southwest coast of the state.

According to the governor, the numbers are “great news”, “especially” for the 1.4 million jobs that depend on the tourism industry.

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Florida thus establishes a new record, despite the loss of 1.8 million visitors because of Hurricane Irma, who went by the State in September 2016 and caused great destruction, especially in the Florida Keys (archipelago of about 1700 islands on the southern tip of the peninsula), according to a report prepared for Visit Florida.

In fact, it is estimated that Florida received 34.9 million visitors in the last four months of 2017; were it not for the impact of the hurricane, it is estimated that the final figure could reach 36.7 million visitors.

The impact of the Irma represented a loss with visitor spending of $ 1.5 billion, with 1.1 billion allocated to national visitors and another 400 million to foreigners.

In total, the number of hotel rooms reserved during the fourth quarter of 2017 grew by 8.1%, compared to the same per

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