Gov. Ron DeSantis reported that tourist visits to Florida from July through September 2021 exceeded those recorded in 2019 during the same pre-pandemic period.
The Republican’s announcement is based on estimates from Visit Florida that show the state welcomed a total of 32.5 million travelers in the third quarter of 2021.
“In 2020, the experts thought Florida’s economy would be among the most impacted in the nation because of how important tourism is to our state; instead, we are setting the pace for job creation and visitation in the U.S,” DeSantis said in a statement.
He added, “We have been able to set these records because we kept Florida businesses open and made sure Floridians could continue to work. In just fifteen months, Florida’s visitation numbers have surpassed pre-pandemic levels, which has helped drive revenue, job growth and economic activity in all 67 counties in our state.”