VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official marketing agency, reports that Florida tourism is at record levels for the first half of 2013, with a 4.2 percent increase over 2012. The increase follows two consecutive record years for visitors to the state. Last year 91.4 million visitors made Florida the world’s favorite vacation destination with tourism, tourism-related spending, sales taxes and employment all at record levels. In response to the enormous growth VISIT FLORIDA will spend nearly $65 million next year promoting Florida tourism further.
According to the U.S. Census, Florida’s population growth ranks third in the nation. This growth trend, fueled in part by the number of Baby Boomers retiring to Florida, is expected to continue over the next twenty years and propel Florida past New York as the third most populous state.
“We believe that the positive economic trends in Florida make this location the ideal place for AEGEA. The EB-5 economic study by Dr. Evans validates that the finished project would create a major destination in Florida. We are proud to be taking an active role in potentially fueling Florida’s economic growth,” said Keith Duffy, Co-Founder, President and CEO of AEGEA.