Florida Tourism On Fire: Brevard Tourism Chief Peter Cranis Says Space Coast Set Record
By Space Coast Daily // May 17, 2019
record 31.6 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in the first quarter of 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida broke an all-time record for visitation during the first quarter of 2019 with 35.7 million people visiting the Sunshine State from January to March.
This is a 5.8 percent increase from the first quarter of 2018.
“The record first quarter visitation announcement by Governor Desantis is no surprise given what we are seeing here on the Space Coast,” said Peter Cranis, Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.
“We just had our single best month in the history of Tourist Development Tax collection in March. This speaks to the robust tourism economy we are seeing on all fronts. It is also an affirmation that all the work tourism offices and Visit Florida are doing to market the state and individual destinations are working.”
VISIT FLORIDA estimates that a record 31.6 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in Q1 2019, a 6.8 percent increase in domestic visitors over the same period last year.
“An all-time record quarter of visitation is exciting news for the entire state,” said Governor DeSantis.
“As we work to diversify Florida’s economy, it is critical that we keep visitation to Florida, and the revenue it generates, healthy and robust.”
VISIT Florida said that 1.4 million Canadian visitors came to Florida in Q1 2019, an increase of 1.3 percent from Q1 2018. Florida also saw more than 2.6 million overseas travelers in Q1 2019.
“The record-breaking success of Florida’s visitation is the result of the hard work of our state’s entire tourism industry,” said VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO Dana Young.
“Every Floridian should be proud that people from around the world come to explore our state. We must continue our efforts to promote and protect visitation to Florida.”
Total enplanements at 19 major Florida airports in Q1 2019 increased 6.8 percent over the same period in the previous year, with Orlando International Airport reporting the most enplaned passengers at more than 6.4 million.
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