Florida had more summer tourists than before the pandemic, DeSantis says

The Sunshine State had a busy summer, despite a surge of coronavirus cases.

About 32.5 million travelers visited Florida from July through September this year, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday. The number of tourists in the summer season exceeded 2019 by a slim 0.3 percent in comparison to the more than 37 percent drop in visitors Florida saw in 2020.

This summer was the first time the state saw gains in tourism since the coronavirus was first detected in the state — and it was primarily driven by domestic travel.

Visitors coming to Florida in the third quarter of the year from other parts of the country surpassed 2019 by 7 percent, based on estimates from the state’s tourism marketing organization, Visit Florida.
 
 
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