Governor’s office says state tourism will increase in 2022


TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday that Florida had seen a 14% growth in visitor numbers from its last quarter in 2021.

Between January and March 2022, the governor’s office said there were approximately 36 million visitors to the state, made up of both domestic travelers and foreign visitors.

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The office also said it expects the increase to continue in the coming months.

“Our first quarter visitation estimates show that 2022 is shaping up to be another incredible year for tourism in Florida,” said Dana Young, president of Visit Florida. “In addition to breaking more pre-pandemic records nationally, we are seeing an exponential rebound in Orlando as well as our international numbers, which we expect to continue in the coming months.”

Tourism is Florida’s No. 1 industry, and with the economy rebounding from the 2020 pandemic restrictions, local and state leaders celebrated the historic earnings of visitors traveling to the Sunshine State.

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“Florida’s latest visitation estimates are incredible news for our economy and all Floridians,” Governor Ron DeSantis said. “Economists originally projected Florida tourism would not fully recover until 2024, but quarter after quarter, despite…inflation and the country’s supply chain issues, Florida visitation numbers continue to break records and challenge received ideas.”

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