Florida Tourism Numbers Set Record

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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.

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.

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frankd4 topcommenter

that means parking violations issued and preditory towing incidents are UP as well as are gas prices and prices for a simple hamburger and PROVES we don't need a super bowl here

however, compare the numbers to CRUISE SHIP passengers and you will see many places, ft liquordale included, benefit from cruise ships, like at port everglades, to turn-stile guests through the county without much impact to the local economy once the cost of that dedicated infastructure is added in

the airport runway extention alone is primarily to keep up with the cruise ship passenger traffic with bus ramps and terminal expansion clearly to benefit the cruise industry alone

tally the billions that investment costs along with the administration and maintenance and budget for security and passenger services and facilities expansion and upkeep and precious little benefit accretes to the residential public relative to the overall volume

to keep a fleet of idle vehicles at the airport alone is in the millions so sales and use taxes just about even out there and to maintain and preserve fire and rescue services to respond to a ship related incident is again another drain on those tourist revenues used soley for the protection of tourists (basically the cruising tourists pay for their own services through such assessments levies and taxes YET there is really little benefit to county residents)

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oh yeah and all those taxes paid that cover those services are paid by visiting tourists that DO NOT VOTE here so commissioner after commissioner is on the take without repercussion from those who's money it really is - so if the airport expansion should cost an even billion and YET in the end comes to much MORE than that because of kick-backs and bribes and under-the-table deals WHO CAREs - the visiting tourists PAY for it AND don't stick around to VOTE OUT the crooks we are stuck with as residents - only to see NEW CROOKs appear again and again

GOUGE the TOURIST - skim some off the top - maintain required TOURIST infastructure from taxes THEY pay - support fleet car sales through BSO - GOUGE the TOURISTs some more by parking violations and preditory towing charges and cash only cab fares (from MIAMI airport) - throw a few crumbs to the locals like minimum wage J O B S

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