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Tourists still coming to Florida in record numbers

Tourists still coming to Florida in record numbers

Sharon Holland says, "We've always traveled in Florida a lot because we're so close by".

Almost 113 million tourists — majority from the USA — visited past year, despite concerns that news events would turn them away.

If the governor decides to sign the new budget, it will take effect in July.

The governor again denounced the Legislature's recent decision to cut by 67 percent the annual budget of Visit Florida, the state's tourism marketing agency.

The record-setting number of visitors comes as lawmakers cut funding to Visit Florida.

About 31.1 million people visited the state in the first three months, that's a 2.5 percent increase over a year ago.

The tourists flocking to Florida during the winter and early spring came as Scott publicly clashed with House leaders over the future of the public-private agencies Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida, which handles the state's business-recruitment efforts.

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Visit Florida, which has faced media scrutiny because of some controversial contracts, received $78 million for tourism marketing during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

Scott is expected to be in south Florida Monday at Jungle Island to make an announcement on the record turnout.

"Because the Legislature chose to inadequately fund Visit Florida, our organization is going to have to make tough decisions in the coming weeks and will not be able to compete with destinations like California and Texas", said Ken Lawson, the agency's CEO. Canadians traveling to the state also fell.

The 31.1 million was "the highest number of quarterly visitors in the state's history", Scott said.

Corcoran and other members of the Legislature from both parties have also pounced on questionable spending and management operations the past couple of years at Visit Florida. "1.4 million jobs in our state are tied to tourism".

The Naples Daily News first pointed out the provision of the contract with a German marketing firm that targets travelers from Syria.


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