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Record number of tourists visit Florida, boost economy

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Governor Rick Scott on Thursday announced that 26.7 million people visited Florida during the first quarter of 2014. Governor Rick Scott on Thursday announced that 26.7 million people visited Florida during the first quarter of 2014.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tourism is up in Florida, which in turn is providing a boost to the state's economy.

Governor Rick Scott announced on Thursday that 26.7 million people visited Florida during the first quarter of 2014.

That's an increase of two percent over the same period in 2013 and is also the largest number of tourists to ever visit Florida over a 3-month time period.

The previous high of 26.2 million was set in the first quarter of 2013.

“Today’s news that we have another record quarter for visitation is great for Florida families. A growing tourism industry is vital to growing jobs in Florida, and creating an opportunity economy. We are off to a great start to reaching our goal of 100 million visitors to Florida this year," said Governor Scott during a news conference at Tampa's Busch Gardens.

The average number of direct travel-related jobs in the first quarter of 2014 was also a record high, with 1,125,300 Floridians employed in the tourism industry. That is up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2013.

The preliminary estimates were provided by Visit Florida which is the state's tourism department.

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