Florida Tourism Rises in 2010 Despite Oil Spill

An estimated 83 million visitors came to Florida in 2010, an 2 percent increase from the year before.
TAMPA (2011-2-16) -

Despite the oil spill and a slow economy, the number of tourists visiting Florida actually increased last year, according to Visit Florida.

An estimated 83 million visitors came to Florida in 2010, an 2 percent increase from the year before.

Things were even better in the last quarter of 2010, when 5 percent more visitors came to Florida than the same quarter the year before.

Visit Florida’s Mary Vincent said her office has worked to overcome the devastation from the 2010 oil spill.

“With the oil spill we were really trying to promote the fact that Florida has been all right and that it was free of oil,” she said.

Tourism generates nearly a quarter of the state's sales tax revenue, in addition to providing around one million Floridians with jobs.

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