Despite its never-ending supply of bad PR in the national press, Florida's tourism business is booming. The state's tourism officials claim that 23.4 million people visited the Sunshine State in the second quarter of 2013. That's the largest amount of people to visit Florida during the second quarter ever.
That's a 2.6 percent increase in the number of visitors from the same April to June period last year.
A total of 19.7 million of those visitors were from within the United States, while 2.7 million were from overseas. The remaining one million were Canadians.
During the first quarter of 2013, Florida attracted 26 million visitors, its busiest quarter in history. Tourism is up 4.2 percent during the first half of this year compared to last year.
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Officials also claim that those visitors spent $33.2 billion during their stays. That's up 5.5 percent from 2012.
"Following up two consecutive record years with back to back record quarters so far in 2013 proves we are well-positioned to make Florida the No. 1 travel destination in the world," said Will Seccombe, President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, in a statement.