Visit Florida’s Research Department recently announced that the state of Florida saw a 4.6% increase in the number of tourist arrivals in the fourth quarter of 2018, with total arrivals growing from 28,993,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 30,329,000 arrivals in the fourth quarter of 2018. Domestic arrivals were up by 5.3%, while arrivals from Canada grew by 2.1%. Arrivals from overseas fell by 1.1% from 2,888,000 in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 2,856,000 in 2018.
In calendar year 2018 Florida saw a 6.2% increase in total tourist arrivals, growing from 118,756,000 arrivals in 2017 to 126,119,000 in 2018. Domestic arrivals increased by 7.1%, to 111.8 million while arrivals from Canada were up by 1.9% to 3.51 million. International arrivals were down however, falling by 1.0% from 10.9 million visitors in 2017 to 10.8 million in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.