68.9 million tourists flocked to Florida in first half of 2019

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

Tourists just keep coming to Florida, and in larger numbers each month and year.

The state set a six-month record by welcoming 68.9 million travelers through June of 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday.

The record crowds were a 5.6 percent increase over the first half of 2018. Broken down, it includes 61.2 million domestic visitors, 5.2 million overseas visitors and 2.4 million Canadian visitors.

“Florida’s economy has grown this year as record amounts of travelers come to Florida to experience everything our beautiful state has to offer,” DeSantis said in a statement. “The revenue generated by out-of-state visitation has kept taxes low while allowing us to invest in priorities like environmental protection, transportation and education.”