Florida tourism industry sees 34% drop in visitors in 2020 compared to 2019, lowest since 2010
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Florida tourism industry sees 34% drop in visitors in 2020 compared to 2019, lowest since 2010

TALLAHASSEE — COVID-19 ended a decade of record-setting tourism numbers in Florida, with the industry seeing a 34 percent drop in visitors in 2020 compared to the prior year.



a group of people on a beach: Crowds take to the beach earlier this summer in Daytona Beach. Although declines in bed tax collections have eased since the height of the pandemic-related tourism downturn, hoteliers say another challenge awaits after the summer beach season ends.


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Crowds take to the beach earlier this summer in Daytona Beach. Although declines in bed tax collections have eased since the height of the pandemic-related tourism downturn, hoteliers say another challenge awaits after the summer beach season ends.

The state tourism-marketing agency Visit Florida posted preliminary figures from the fourth quarter and for the full year late Monday, showing 86.714 million visitors to the state during 2020. That was the lowest annual total since 2010.

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