While popular vacation destinations like New York and California struggle to attract tourists, Ron DeSantis’ Florida is setting record-breaking numbers when it comes to tourism: more than 36 million people visited the Sunshine State between January and March of this year —that’s up 26 million from the first quarter last year, and 30 million from 2020.
“In addition to breaking more pre-pandemic records domestically, we are seeing an exponential rebound in Orlando as well as our international numbers, which we expect to continue in the months ahead,” Dana Young, Visit Florida’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
“People crave normalcy and Florida has felt 100% normal for at least a year — no mask mandates, no vaccine passports and no pandemic-related restrictions,” DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw told The Washington Times.
“Neither California nor New York is exceeding pre-pandemic tourism levels,” she added.
“Florida’s tourism industry begins 2022 with incredible strength, proving that freedom-first policies will always win, especially when combating the inept economic policies coming out of D.C.,” DeSantis said.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) May 20, 2022