Florida tourism improves in first quarter



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.


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