Gov. Scott touts FL tourism as jobs creator at Universal Orlando

6:29 PM, Feb 15, 2014   |    comments
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Orlando, Florida -- During an appearance at Universal Orlando Friday, Gov. Scott announced Florida tourism had another record year of tourism in 2013.

Preliminary estimates released Friday by VISIT FLORIDA show 94.7 million visitors came to the state in 2013, up 3.5% from 2012. The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was also a record high, with over 1.08 million residents employed in the tourism industry -- up 2.9% from 2012.

"Every 85 visitors to Florida equals one job in our state - and it is clear that more visitors to the Sunshine State means more jobs for Florida families. That is why my 'It's Your Money Tax Cut Budget,' commits $100 million to VISIT FLORIDA so we can grow more job opportunities for Florida families," Gov. Scott said in a press conference Friday.

Universal Orlando is currently constructing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, adding a new on-site hotel and expanding their CityWalk Entertainment complex -- in all, adding 3,500 new jobs this year.

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