TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- More than 22 million people visited the Sunshine State during the second quarter of 2012.
That's a 1.3 percent increase over the same period last year, and this could turn out to be a record year for the tourism industry.
Lauren Searcy with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association said it's good for business and good for the state.
"We think the numbers are really encouraging," she said.
Searcy admitted that they weren't where they'd like to be with the tourism figures, but it was clear that they had come a long way from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the recession.
Officials at Visit Florida said more tourism means more jobs.
In this instance, it means an increase of more than 11,000 jobs in the travel and tourism industry over the past year.