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Tourists Flocking to Florida in Greater Numbers Than Before Pandemic

Just-released numbers show that 32.5 million travelers poured into Florida in July, August and September, exceeding the number of visitors during the same period in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the second consecutive quarter of growth in domestic visitors, with 31.2 million Americans flocking to the Sunshine State in the third quarter of the year, according to Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation. That number was up from pre-pandemic numbers by almost 7 percent. Meanwhile, across the country the total number of domestic travel trips was expected to reach just 85 percent of the 2019 level, according to the fall forecast of the United States Travel Association. And international arrivals to the U.S. overall were expected to reach only 27 percent of pre-pandemic levels. In 2019, U.S. domestic travel had increased 1.7 percent, with the number of trips taken reaching 2.3 billion, the report showed. Leisure …

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