Despite the tragedy of the Pulse nightclub attack and hurdles that included a hurricane and the Zika virus, 112.8 million tourists visited the Sunshine State in 2016, Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday.
That’s 5.9 percent higher than last year and the sixth-consecutive record year for Florida.
“That doesn’t happen by accident,” said Scott. “ … We have to keep marketing our state.”
Roger Dow, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Travel Association, said Florida’s 2016 numbers continue to make it stand out from all other tourist destinations in the country. Dow, a Florida resident, attributed part of the state’s success to the ease of getting here and the...