According to statistics from VISIT FLORIDA Research, record numbers of visitors came to Florida for seven consecutive years in a row between 2011 and 2017.
In 2013 there was an estimated 94.7 million visitors in total, up 3.6% on 2012 and then in 2014 that number grew to 97.35 million, a 2.8% increase on 2013.
In 2015 despite a small fall in international visitors, overall growth was around 6.5% topping the 100 million mark and reaching a record near 105 million visitors. A further 5.9% increase in 2016 saw numbers reach nearly 113 million.
Though international numbers continue to fall, especially from South America, overall 2017 was another record breaking year with over 116 million visitors, despite the impact of Hurricane Irma. Of the major international countries, only Canada showed a growth in 2017.
These figures demonstrate that for the seventh year running, Florida is still the “Number One” US attraction for holidaymakers with year round appeal and that is has bounced back following the 2010 Gulf oil spill.