Governor Rick Scott cited a report released by VISIT FLORIDA that 94.7 million visitors came to Florida in 2013. This is an increase of 3.5 percent over 2012 and it represents a record year for visitation to Florida. The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was a record high, with 1,088,200 Florida residents employed in the tourism industry, an increase of 2.9 percent from 2012, according to a release from the Office of Governor Rick Scott on February 14.
In the release, Governor Rick Scott was quoted as saying, “With nearly 95 million visitors traveling to the Sunshine State, today’s news that Florida broke another record year for tourism is a victory for Florida families. Every 85 visitors to Florida equals one job in our state – and it is clear that more visitors to the Sunshine State means more jobs for Florida families,” said Scott.
Many Florida residents work in the tourism industry and are pleased that more people are coming to Florida. “I work in a hotel and we always need more visitors. I am glad more people are coming to Florida,” said Alice Silverstein.