This week, Governor Rick Scott announced that according to VISIT FLORIDA's preliminary estimates 24.0 million visitors came to Florida in the second quarter of 2014 (April-June), an increase of 3.0 percent over the same period in 2013. This represents the largest second quarter for visitation Florida has ever experienced, exceeding the previous high of 23.3 million in Q2 2013. Visitor spending is up 7.4 percent in January through May 2014, at $35.7 billion, which is more than the same time period in 2013.
VISIT FLORIDA estimates that 2.8 million overseas visitors and 1.0 million Canadians came to Florida in Q2 2014, both of which are record highs and represent 6.2 percent and 1.6 percent increases over Q2 2013 respectively.
The Cocoa Beach area has enjoyed a busy summer, with visitors from all over the world stopping by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Tourist Information Center. With over 1,500 visitors from June 1–July 31, the center has seen a strong international representation from Canada, Brazil, Germany, France, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, and the UK! In a surprise spike, we have also seen several visitors from Colombia and Guatemala.
The month of August is setting up to be a big one for the CVB as well, with countless visitors coming through our doors looking for the best places to stay, play and dine!
For more information on the CVB and its members, please visit www.VisitCocoaBeach.com.
To view additional Florida visitor data, please go to the Research page on VISIT FLORIDA’s media website.