Florida visitor numbers up for second quarter of 2011

A couple sets up their chairs in the shade outside the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club on June 8, 2011. The Collier County Lodging & Tourism Alliance on Wednesday, hosted Jack Wert, director of the Naples, Marco island, Everglades CVB, who spoke on the most recent tourism season and discussed summertime promotions to attract visitors to Collier County. Greg Kahn/Staff

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A couple sets up their chairs in the shade outside the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club on June 8, 2011. The Collier County Lodging & Tourism Alliance on Wednesday, hosted Jack Wert, director of the Naples, Marco island, Everglades CVB, who spoke on the most recent tourism season and discussed summertime promotions to attract visitors to Collier County. Greg Kahn/Staff

TAMPA — Florida's tourism bureau says more people are visiting the Sunshine State this year than last.

Visit Florida reported Tuesday that visitor numbers for the second quarter of 2011 were up 6.9 percent over the same period last year. That amounted to about 21.2 million visitors during that time.

Estimates show a 5.3 percent increase in domestic visitors, a 17.3 percent increase from the overseas market and an 18.4 percent increase in Canadian travel to Florida.

Visit Florida says tourism has been steadily regaining market share this year, outpacing the rest of the United States by more than 1 percent.

About 82.6 million people visited the state in 2010, spending more than $60 billion.

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