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Record Number Of Tourists Visited Florida Last Spring

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(Source: CBS4 Viewer/Brahim)

(Source: CBS4 Viewer/Brahim)

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) – A record setting 24 million people visited Florida last spring.

That’s a three percent jump in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, estimates that the record number includes 2.8 million visitors from overseas and 1 million Canadians.

Governor Rick Scott has pushed to increase spending on Visit Florida advertising to try to boost the state’s tourism industry. This current fiscal year the state set aside $74 million for the effort.

Last year nearly 95 million people visited the state. Scott wants to boost that number to 100 million even though legislators did not increase funding for Visit Florida as much as he wanted.

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