Florida on pace for record tourism year

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- About 22.9 million visitors came to Florida in the third quarter of 2013, which is an increase of 1.7 percent over the same period in 2012.

Gov. Rick Scott announced the tourism numbers during a news conference Friday at Busch Gardens.

Scott says more visitors came to the state between July and September of this year than any other third quarter in the state's history.

There have been a total of 72.6 million visitors to the state through September. Scott and tourism officials say it's their goal to reach 100 million visitors.

Some of Florida's tourism growth is coming from overseas visitors. There were 2.9 million overseas visitors in the third quarter, representing a 10.1 percent increase over the same period in 2012.

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