Florida tourism improves in first quarter

 

hsampson@MiamiHerald.com

An estimated 26.7 million people visited Florida during the first three months of the year, according to preliminary numbers released Thursday by Visit Florida.

That’s a 2 percent increase over the same time in 2013 and a record quarter for the state.

About 2.7 million overseas visitors came to the state, an increase of 1.8 percent; Canadian travel increased 1.6 percent to 1.5 million, according to the state’s official tourism marketing corporation. The number of domestic visitors increased 2 percent.

Florida has a goal of reaching 100 million visitors in 2014. Last year, 94.3 million tourists came to the state.

HANNAH SAMPSON

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