Gov. Scott Announces Continued Growth For Florida Tourism

Florida tourism continues on the up and up path.

Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday that an estimated 60.7 million tourists came to the state during the first half of 2017. That alone is a 4.1 percent increase over the same time period in 2016.

A breakdown shows the increase is due primarily to a growing number of visitors coming from other states. But the number of tourists coming from overseas countries and Canada has dipped slightly.

Scott has backed budget increases for Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency. 

Earlier this year, GOP legislators had threatened to cut funding by two-thirds but reached a deal with Scott to keep the agency budget intact.

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