Florida Governor Rick Scott is touting a record tourism despite a challenging Hurricane season.
Florida’s third quarter tourism numbers put 2017’s total visitors at 88.2 million—a record mark and more than three percent higher than at this point in 2016. Hurricane Irma blew through in September forcing evacuations throughout Florida and leaving mountains of debris in its wake. Governor Rick Scott chalks up the increase to an ad campaign following the storm assuring potential tourists the state is open for business.
Last year Florida saw almost 113 million visitors—the sixth year in a row of record growth.