Family-friendly Florida becomes magnet for millions in 2015

The results are in for 2015, and Florida tourism officially soared to new heights last year, welcoming 105 million visitors, VISIT FLORIDA reported recently.

“When over 100 million visitors spend time in Florida, they learn about our top 10 school rankings, low crime rate, zero personal income tax, and experience all our family-friendly brand has to offer,” Tracy Duda Chapman, Florida Chamber of Commerce chair and SVP/general counsel for A. Duda & Sons Inc., said. “Florida’s record breaking tourism numbers are one more sign that Florida is moving in the right direction, and a true testament that a strong tourism industry provides families with private sector jobs and contributes to a robust economy.”

The Chamber Foundation’s chief economist, Jerry Parrish, previously predicted that 2015 would be when Florida achieved the milestone. Dollars spent statewide support Florida’s infrastructure as well as businesses, especially with the recent boom in high-tech entertainment and special attention paid to preserving the state’s natural environment.

“We know that expanding the number of Florida visitors puts Floridians to work not only in the hospitality industry, but in other important Florida industries such as retail, construction, transportation and many others,” Parrish said. “In fact, almost half of the jobs created by increasing visitor numbers are in industries other than hospitality.”

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