According to an organization known as VISIT FLORIDA, 24 million people visited Florida in the second quarter of 2014 (April-June) and this represents an increase of three percent over the same period in 2013. This is the largest second quarter for visitation Florida has ever seen even more than the previous high number of 23.3 million in the second quarter of 2013 and visitor spending has increased by 7.4 percent in January through May 2014 at $35.7 billion, according to an August 19 statement by the Office of Governor Rick Scott.
In the statement, Governor Rick Scott was quoted as saying, “A thriving tourism industry is vital to growing jobs and today’s report is vital to growing jobs, and today’s report that Florida has experienced another record quarter for visitation is great news for Florida families. This year we invested $74 million into VISIT FLORIDA, and set a goal to have 100 million visitors visit the Sunshine State, which we are well on our way to reaching. Together, we are creating an opportunity economy, and continuing to grow more jobs for Floridians with more than 1.1 million individuals employed in the growing tourism industry,” said Governor Rick Scott.
All this means more jobs for Florida residents. The average number of direct travel-related jobs in the second quarter of 2014 was also a record high, with 1.5 million Florida residents employed in the tourism industry – an increase of 3.9 percent or 43,600 jobs from the same period in 2013, according to the statement by the Office of Governor Rick Scott.
“I work in tourism and I think this is good news. I hope to get promotion and I am glad to hear that more people are coming to Florida,” said Maria Gonzalez.
“I hope that even more people come to Florida. We need all the tourists we can get because having more tourists means more jobs,” said Andrew Moore.