Florida tourism hits 80 mn

The number of visitors to Florida in 2005 hit a new record-high of 85.8 million, an increase of 7.6 percent over the same period in 2004, according to research from the state’s official source for travel planning, VISIT FLORIDA.

This is the first time annual visitation to Florida has exceeded the 80 million mark. “These record-breaking tourism numbers represent a significant milestone for our tourism industry, contributing to Florida’s booming economy,” said Governor Jeb Bush.

“The unyielding efforts of the state’s tourism industry and the unparalleled hospitality of Floridians continue to ensure Florida’s place among the world’s most popular vacation destinations.”

Domestic travel to Florida increased 7.7 percent to more than 79 million in 2005 with domestic visitors representing 92 percent of total visits to Florida. Internationally, an estimated 2.1 million Canadians visited Florida in 2005, an 8.2 percent increase from 2004.