Second-quarter tourist numbers set Florida record

 
 
Tourism in Florida increased during the second quarter to a record-setting number. In this file photo from January, British tourists wave to a boy riding in a classy old car as they take in Art Deco Weekend's Classic Cars on Parade in Miami Beach.
Tourism in Florida increased during the second quarter to a record-setting number. In this file photo from January, British tourists wave to a boy riding in a classy old car as they take in Art Deco Weekend's Classic Cars on Parade in Miami Beach.
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Nearly 24 million visitors came to Florida between April and June, according to a preliminary estimate from Visit Florida.

The second-quarter visitor tally of about 23.97 million, released Tuesday, is a 3 percent increase compared to the same time period last year and a record for the three-month stretch.

Overseas visitation jumped by 6.2 percent to 2.8 million, according to the estimate, while the number of Canadians increased more than 1 percent to just over a million. The number of domestic visitors increased by 2.6 percent to 20.1 million.

The state’s goal for 2014 is to reach 100 million visitors; last year, more than 93.6 million people came to Florida.

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