Florida recorded 117.7 million domestic visitors in 2021, a new record high, which puts the “Sunshine State” at the forefront of the recovery of the tourism sector, as reported Tuesday by Governor Ron DeSantis.
Of the 117.7 million domestic tourists registered in 2021, 29 million were in the last quarter of the year, as revealed by Visit Florida, the state tourism promotion office.
In total, between October and December of 2021, Florida added a total of 30.9 million tourists, a figure up by almost 62% compared to the same period in 2020 and even 0.2% above 2019, prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The official agency stressed that the 29 million domestic travelers in the last quarter of last year represent 57% more than the same period of 2020 and 7% more than that of 2019.
The state governor, Ron DeSantis, highlighted in a statement that Florida is at the vanguard of the recovery of the tourism sector compared to other states in the country.
DeSantis added that Florida puts freedom first and, as a result, people from all over the country and the world choose to vacation there.
The data also shows that between October and December 2021, nearly 1.5 million international tourists visited Florida, of which almost 710,000 were Colombians, leading the list of foreign visitors to this state.