Florida has set another record in tourism by welcoming 85 million tourists in the first nine months of this year, which is the highest amount of any nine months in the state’s history, announced Florida Governor, Rick Scott. That’s up 5.5 percent from 80.6 million in the period from a year ago, according to Visit Florida, the state's tourism bureau. The 2016 figure for the first nine months of the year includes 73.8 million domestic visitors, up 7 percent year over year. The state is “on pace to reach our goal of 115 million tourists by the end of the year,” said Scott. In the third quarter of 2016, about 26.9 million visitors came to Florida, up 5.1 percent from the same time last year. This marks Florida’s largest third-quarter for visitation ever. The average number of direct travel-related jobs in the third quarter was also a record high, with almost 1.3 million Floridians employed in the tourism industry, which is up 4.1 percent from a year-ago.
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