by Office Staff
on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 11:22am.
Tourism is clearly booming in Florida. Naples Governor Rick Scott announced that tourism to the sunshine state had increased by 3.5% in 2013.
More tourism means more jobs, stated the governor, who made the announcement at the Universal Orlando Resort. The resort is planning to add a Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley and widening the CityWalk entertainment complex. Bill Davis, the president of Universal Orlando Resort expressed his excitement at being able to contribute to the economy of the state.
The record high numbers are due to the 11.5 million global and 3.7 million Canadian tourists who thronged the state in 2013. Accommodation revenues increased by 8.2% compared to 2012.
In particular, Collier County had a 6.1% increase in tourism compared to 2012. These visitors brought in revenues of $1.6 billion and more, which was 12% more than the previous year. This was a higher increase than that of the entire state.
In Lee County, the fourth quarter saw tourism spiking to 1 million. Hotel bookings rose by 10% and the total tourist influx increased by 4% over this quarter. It is estimated that these tourists brought in $581.7 million, which was higher than the tourism revenue from the previous year.
The state tourism board is immensely pleased at the news. The board chairperson, Tammy Gustafson claims that the burgeoning tourism could portend a booming economy and that it was vital to continue to encourage tourism into Florida. With this Florida will continue to flourish as one of the top vacation spots.