Despite worries that the busy hurricane season will keep people from visiting the Sunshine State, Florida is expecting an increase in the number of tourists.
The state's Tourism Marketing Agency released its 2006 Tourism Forecast. Visit Florida says about three percent more visitors will come to Florida next year.
Industry officials say that is good news considering the state relies heavily on tourism dollars.
"Tourism brings visitor spending which in turn puts tax revenues into the states coffers, which in turn helps build roads, help fund schools. It's very important to Florida. Tourism is very important," said Visit Florida Communications Director Vanessa Welter.
Visit Florida says the outlook is higher than the national prediction of two percent more visitors to the United States.