Tourism & Cruises

Florida visitor numbers up in second quarter

Florida’s beaches, theme parks and hotels had their busiest spring ever this year.

During the second quarter, 25.8 million people visited the state, an increase of 5.5 percent over the same time in 2014.

Domestic visitors posted the biggest increase, up 6.7 percent to 21.9 million. The number of overseas and Canadian tourists increased slightly to a total of 3.9 million.

During the first half of the year, Florida had more visitors than ever for that six-month stretch: 54.1 million.

“We are excited to mark the first half of 2015 with our biggest second quarter ever, and we look forward to exceeding our goal of 100 million visitors to Florida this year,” Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

Scott announced the numbers at Miami International Airport at a news conference Wednesday morning.

Hannah Sampson