Florida Tourism Numbers on the Rise

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SARASOTA – So far this year Florida has seen strong tourism numbers.

Florida drew an estimated 33.2 million visitors from January through March, a 7.4 percent increase over the same period in 2017 and a record for any quarter, Gov. Rick Scott and the tourism–marketing agency Visit Florida said Tuesday.

The increase this year was buoyed by 29.1 million domestic visitors, 8.5 percent more than during the first quarter of 2017

Scott, who is running for U.S. Senate this year, has made a high–profile priority of increasing tourism numbers and has pushed the Legislature to set aside money for Visit Florida’s marketing efforts.

Lawmakers approved $76 million for the current year and the same amount for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at Kathy.Leon@snntv.com

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