12.6 million paid an overnight visit to Miami-Dade in 2010, and according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau that is an all time record.Yep, despite a still downtrodden economy, the local tourism industry is apparently thriving.
According to The Herald, of those 12.6 million visitors 6.5 million came from within the United states while a hefty 6.1 million were international travelers. Latin America accounts for about 4 million of those international travelers, with Brazil alone sending 550,000 visitors here.
International travelers are also shelling out more money locally: $12.4 billion compared to the $6.4 billion spent by Americans.
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Events like the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and growing attendance for events like Art Basel, Winter Music Conference and other events are partially to credit.
Overall the numbers reflect a 5.6 growth in the number of visitors since 2009 and a 10 percent growth in spending since 2009. All in all, visitors to Miami-Dade made up for slightly more than 15 percent of all visitors to Florida for the year.