Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Florida Poised to Set Tourism Record This Year

From the May 4, 2015, Panama City (Fla) News Herald.

Florida expects to welcome its 100 millionth visitor this year, and all-time high.  The state is spending many more dollars marketing itself, but this increase in tourism is putting a strain on its infrastructure.  In addition to the visitors, some 900 people move to the state each day.

Panama City Beach, where i sit right now, overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico drew 12 million visitors last year bringing with them an estimated $1.2 billion to boost the economy.  The city is looking to ways to ease congestion during peak visitation months.

The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport opened just five years ago, bringing even more visitors.


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