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Florida Had Record High Number of Tourists in First Half of 2019

August 15, 2019 - 2:45pm
Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis

In the first six months of 2019, Florida has seen record tourism numbers according to new figures from Visit Florida and the governor’s office. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday that almost 69 million tourists visited the Sunshine State during the first half of the year, beating the record high figure from last year by 5.6 percent. Most of those tourists--61.2 million--are Americans while 2.4 million came from Canada and 5.2 million from overseas. 

DeSanits noted how the state’s economy continues to rely on tourism.  

“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 on Thursday. “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. We will continue to work to make sure that Florida remains the world’s premier vacation destination.”

“Back-to-back record quarters in the first six months of this year demonstrate that the Florida tourism industry has continued to produce results,” said Dana Young, the president and CEO of Visit Florida. “Visit Florida will continue to develop cutting edge marketing programs that highlight our state so that we can attract more visitors, create more jobs, and make Florida the world’s number one place to take a vacation. We appreciate Governor DeSantis for his leadership and support for Florida’s iconic tourism industry.”

The tourism numbers were helped by a solid second quarter which saw 29.6 million domestic visitors, up 5.8 percent from that time last year, even as there was only a 1.4 percent increase in the number of international tourists. 

During the second quarter of 2019, Florida’s major airports saw the number of enplanments grow 5.5 percent to 33.1 million enplaned passengers. However, hotel rooms did not keep up with that pace as the number sold from April through June increased 1.9 percent from 2018 while  Florida’s average daily room rate (ADR) increased by 2.0 percent. 

Florida had a record high 127 million tourists last year. 


Visit Florida is just the RPOF tourism kickback stream and slush fund. 33 million dollar trip to Israel for the Gov., Visit FL, the Cabinet and a bunch of lobbyists? All on the tax payer dime. GTFOH...

The pay for jobs related to tourism sucks. The carpetbagging fatcat owners of tourism-based businesses make out like bandits - but they certainly do not reward the workers who are responsible for the owners' and operators' riches. The workers in tourism businesses need to organize and unionize and demand a much bigger share of the fatcats' pies!

I'm a worker in Florida's tourism industry and I love it! The pay is fantastic and the work is very rewarding. I understand that many of the entry-level positions have entry-level pay, but that is not unusual. None the less, the field is wide open for advancement for those willing to learn the needed and required skills. The way I see it, there is nothing a union could do for me except take some of my wages and make things less attractive for tourists - both of which would negatively impact me and the industry I work in.

"RIGHT ON"! "Stephanie" (There'll ALWAYS be "whiners", no matter what; and they'll probably ALWAYS be living in "Mom's basement" smoking pot !)

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