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Florida breaks another tourism record with 29.8 million visitors in first quarter

Gov. Rick Scott visits with dolphins during a stop at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to announce record Florida tourism numbers. [CRAIG PITTMAN | Times]
Published May 17, 2016

Florida keeps on breaking tourism records. In the first quarter of 2016, Florida hosted a record 29.8 million tourists, continuing a run of record-shattering tourism numbers for the state. The previous tourism record for the first quarter was set in 2015, when the state had 28.5 million visitors. The tourism numbers were announced by Gov. Rick Scott on Monday morning at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Scott, who visited Winter and the aquarium's other residents during his stop, said the industry is growing at a consistent 4 percent rate. The governor also announced a record of 1.2 million people are working in the hospitality sector, up 3.8 percent from last year.

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