Tourism in Florida increased by 20% in the first half of 2022 compared to the same time last year and was greater in the first six months of 2019 compared to the previous full year of travel before the coronavirus pandemic.
The state’s tourism marketing agency said late Monday that Florida had 33.717 million visitors from April 1 to June 30, up from 69.34 million in the first six months of this year. There were millions of them.
The second quarter figures increased by 5.6 percent over the same time in 2021. Tourism increased 38.3 percent in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same period in the previous year.
93 percent of individuals who migrated to Florida in the second quarter did so from within the United States, and nearly 94 percent did so in the first six months. This year’s first quarter set an all-time three-month record.
“I think we’re starting to see, just in the last few weeks or so specifically, inflation is starting to catch up with us in most markets,” Jacob Pewitt-Yancy, Florida director of consumer insights and analytics, said.
“Now, overall room revenue is still rising in every market across the state, as the rate increase has been more than enough to offset declining levels of demand,” Pewitt-Yancy said.
Florida drew 32.265 million visitors in the second quarter and 67.76 million visitors in the first half of 2019 when it attracted a record 131.07 million tourists.
Florida has surpassed other states in terms of international passengers returned during the pandemic, but it is still below 2019 totals.