More tourists visited Florida this spring and early summer than ever before during the same three-month stretch, according to early estimates released Wednesday by Visit Florida.
A record 23.4 million visitors came to the state during the second quarter, a year-over-year increase of 2.6 percent. Between April and June, 19.7 million domestic travelers visited the state, a 1.6 percent increase from 2012. The number of overseas visitors jumped 9.3 percent to 2.7 million, and travel by Canadians increased 4.9 percent, with about a million tourists.
Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, said the first half of 2013 was “the largest six-month period in the history of Florida’s tourism industry.” The number of visitors hit about 49.6 million, a 4.2 percent increase over the first half of last year. From January to May, visitor spending reached $33.2 million, 5.5 percent more than the same period in 2012. And the number of people with jobs directly related to travel grew by 2.8 percent in the first half of the year.