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Florida Tourism Booming Despite COVID

Florida Daily Life
Visitors bike along a quiet Ocean Drive, where tourism has suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic, in South Beach, Miami Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Florida’s tourism is on the rise in record numbers despite the raging pandemic.
According to Florida’s data, 117.7 million domestic travelers visited Florida during 2021.
Despite the United States struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic, Florida managed to reach the highest level of domestic visitation in the history of the state.

Nearly 31 million tourist visited Florida between last October and December, a slight increase over the fourth quarter in 2019.

This is the second time quarterly tourist visits surpassed those from before the start of the coronavirus’s spread in the U.S. in early 2020.
With the highest level of domestic visitation in the history of Florida, the state also saw an increase in revenue. According to the state’s data, hotel revenues reached $17.3 billion. This marks the highest level of hotel revenue in Florida’s history.

DeSantis has not mandated masks or vaccines, especially in our schools leaving the decision up to parents.

On Tuesday, he credited that policy with the influx of tourists.