Tourists Returning to Florida At Record Pace Despite COVID-19, Over 30.6 Million Domestic Tourists in Second Quarter

216% increase from 2020

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA (FOX BUSINESS) – Americans are vacationing in Florida at levels higher than even before the coronavirus hit, sparking celebration from the Sunshine State’s governor and its tourism marketing firm.

Visit Florida, the official marketing corporation for the state, announced Thursday that during the second quarter of this year, the state hosted 30.6 million domestic tourists. That number is a 216% increase over 2020 and a 6% boost from spring of 2019, before COVID-19 emerged.

“Florida continues to serve as an example for the country that when you reject lockdowns and unnecessary mandates, your economy will thrive,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a statement. “Not only did Florida have more visitors in the second quarter than we did in 2020, but the data shows that domestic visitation has already fully recovered to 2019 levels.”

“I’m grateful for the dedication of thousands of Florida business owners, who demonstrated the highest commitment to their employees and their customers, and I’m proud of Visit Florida’s hard work to market the Sunshine State,” he continued, adding, “the revitalization of our tourism industry will have a positive impact on every Floridian.”

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