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Tue, 23 February 2016

Florida Reports Record 105 Million Visitors in 2015

Florida welcomed 105 million visitors in 2015, the fifth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 98.5 million in 2014 by 6.6%.

The average number of direct travel-related jobs in 2015 was also a record high, with 1,199,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry up 53,400 or 4.7% over the same period last year.

Governor Rick Scott said, Tourism plays an important role in supporting our economy, and we will continue to make strategic investments in the tourism industry to keep Florida on track to becoming first for jobs. With five consecutive record years for tourism, it is time to set our goal even higher, and I look forward to welcoming 115 million visitors to the Sunshine State this year.

Visit Florida estimates that a record 89.8 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in 2015, reflecting an 8% increase over 2014.

Estimates also show that 11.2 million overseas visitors and 4.0 million Canadians came to the Sunshine State last year.

Total enplanements at 18 Florida airports during 2015 increased 8.2% over the previous year, representing a record 6.1 million more enplaned passengers than in 2014.

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said, As home of the most popular theme park in the world, were thrilled to contribute to the record number of visitors to Florida and the jobs and economic opportunities that tourism helps to create.

Tourism and recreation taxable sales for Florida increased every month year-on-year from January through November 2015 (last reported month), representing an 8.6% increase over the same period in 2014.

For 2015, ADR rose 5.9% and the number of rooms sold grew by 4.5% compared to 2014. Floridas average occupancy rate for 2015 was 72.0%, an increase of 3.2% over 2014. This represents a record year for the statewide calendar year occupancy rate, exceeding the previous high of 69.8% in 2014.

John Tomlin, Chair of the Visit Florida Board of Directors, said, Achieving record visitation for five consecutive years, including reaching 105 million visitors in 2015, is a testament to the strong industry alignment between Visit Florida and our tourism Partners. Thanks to the visionary support of Governor Scott and the Florida legislature, together we have built a solid foundation that will enable us to reach our goal of generating $100 billion in visitor spending by 2020.

For fourth quarter 2015, preliminary estimates show a record 25.2 million people visited the Sunshine State. This represents the largest fourth quarter visitation number Florida has ever seen and reflects an increase of 6.7% over the same period in 2014. Visit Florida also reports that an estimated 2.9 million overseas visitors and 671,000 Canadians traveled to Florida in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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