Florida’s tourism arm wants an extra $11.5 million added to their budget to attract about 100 million visitors to the state each year.
Florida’s tourism-marketing arm is reporting the highest-ever single quarter for visitors to the Sunshine State.
According to Florida tourism officials, Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Florida’s beaches extends beyond beach erosion. Fewer tourists are expected at the state’s beaches means a dampened tourism season.
The came from Canada, Great Britain and Brazil. They came from France, Fiji and dozens of other countries.
They played at our theme parks, sunned themselves on our beaches and spent tons of money.
From the sun soaked beaches of South Florida and the Gulf to the House of the Mouse near Orlando, Florida posted record tourism numbers in 2011.
President Barack Obama is in the Sunshine State Thursday to promote his new tourism initiative and to get a jump on the Republican presidential candidates who are about to overwhelm the state ahead of January 31.
Despite high unemployment and post-recessionary blues, more people have visited the Sunshine State this year than last.