US visa rates contribute to Florida’s record year

- Posted in America by Visa Bureauon 21 November 2012

Florida remains one of the most popular destinations for domestic tourism due to its 600 mile coastline and numerous theme parks but it is the contribution of international tourists visiting on a US visa that have helped the state reach record highs.

The American government has recently made changes to US visa and immigration policy which make it easier for citizens of certain countries - particularly China and Brazil - to visit the US. And the changes are beginning to pay dividends.

The latest tourism statistics show a 35% increase of tourists during the summer months compared to the same time last year and while American tourists still make up the vast majority of visitors - almost 19 million - an increase in international travellers is being cited as the catalyst for record levels.

Will Seccombe, chief executive of Visit Florida, said the 'healthy' growth can be attributed to an improving balance between international and domestic visitors.

Tourism remains the Sunshine State's largest and most lucrative industry thanks to the world's largest theme park resort - the World Disney Resort - as well as several others such as the Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens and SeaWorld.

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