Tourist numbers the best in Florida since 2009

More international visitors in Palm Beach County

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - On the sidewalk or the street, it's bumper to bumper along Delray Beach's Atlantic Avenue. Business owners welcome the foot traffic.

"President's Day was just packed in downtown Delray, it was one of the busiest days we've had," says Dave Cook, manager of Hand's Office Supply and Furniture.

Florida estimates two million more people vacationed across the state in 2012, compared with 2011. One job is created for every 85 visitors.

"Visit Florida thinks it created 30,000 jobs just last year alone," says Stephanie Immelman, representing the Delray Marketing Co-op.

That translates to hundreds of new jobs in Palm Beach County in 2012 at stores, restaurants and hotels. In Palm Beach County hotel occupancy rates are up about 10%. 

Delray's Chamber of Commerce says there's been an influx of first time international travelers like Melanie Beliveau and her family from Canada.

"This is one of the nicest places to come. There's the beach and this nice strip, and the weather is beautiful," says Beliveau.

"We try to pitch Delray Beach to the international tourist especially in Europe," says Immelman.

With the International Tennis Championship coming up, and the Delray Affair in April, the attractions aren't ending anytime soon. That could lead to even more jobs in Delray before the snowbirds fly home.

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