Bush Says Tourists Climbed Nearly Four Percent

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Tourism numbers are up.

Gov. Jeb Bush says the number of visitors to Florida climbed 3.8 percent in the second quarter of 2004 compared with a year earlier.

From April through June, some 18.5 million people visited Florida.

Bush calls the statistics “excellent economic news” made even better by the fact that 2003 was a record year for Florida tourism.

Tourism generated nearly $20.2 billion in taxable sales from January through April. That's up nearly 15 percent from the same period in 2003.