Despite a busy hurricane season that saw plenty of areas hit hard with power outages and infrastructure damages, 2017 is still poised to be a year of growth for Florida travel. Even after Hurricane Irma, which delivered massive blackouts and flooding to parts of the state, Florida’s tourism industry will have grown by as much as 3.3% compared to the same period last year. The numbers represent a crowd of more than 88 million tourists that visited the state during the first nine months of the year alone.
Hurricane Irma was part of a barrage of strong tropical storms and hurricanes that hammered the Caribbean and the Southeast United States throughout the latter half of 2017. The storm set its sights on Florida in September, causing a whirlwind of damage to popular travel destinations like Miami, Marco Island, Sanibel Island, and most notably, the Florida Keys. 70 deaths have been attributed to Hurricane Irma, which went down as one of the strongest hurricanes the state has ever seen.
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