Florida sees record tourism numbers despite hurricanes, Zika

Miami Beach (Images: Shutterstock)
Miami Beach (Images: Shutterstock)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tourists are visiting Florida in record numbers despite a year that saw two hurricanes hit the state and federal officials warn away pregnant women from Miami due to the Zika virus.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that 85 million tourists visited the state during the first nine months of 2016.

State officials say that’s the highest nine-month total ever.

Scott said in a written statement that the record numbers show how well Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing arm, is doing its job. Incoming House Speaker Richard Corcoran has questioned continued funding of the organization.

The governor noted that record numbers of tourists visited the state despite the Zika virus outbreak, hurricanes and the tragic attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s