The Florida tourism industry has been hit by a wave of hurricanes that has made it more difficult for visitors to return to the state, and a shortage of hotels has left many Florida businesses without adequate facilities.
But Florida’s tourism industry, which has suffered from a host of devastating hurricanes since at least 1980, is seeing an uptick in business as the state braces for more than 2.4 million visitors this year.
The state’s tourism board has announced that it will open more hotels this year, with more than 1.3 million people expected to come to the Sunshine State in 2016.
The tourism board is also opening a second hotel in Lake Okeechobee this year for the first time since the hurricane.
The Florida Department of Tourism said the second hotel will be opened in 2019 and will allow up to 300,000 people to use it during hurricane season.
The governor’s office has estimated that about 250,000 visitors will visit the state in 2017, with the vast majority coming from Texas and Florida.
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More information:Florida Tourism Board