Florida sees 1.3 percent tourism growth compared to last year

Theme park, hotel deals a draw for visitors

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the busy summer tourism season.

Tourism experts and business owners say this summer was an excellent one.

Visit Florida says nearly 46 million people have visited the state this year, a 1.3 percent increase from the same time last year.

Margie Vogt and her family of four say they decided to come to Orlando because of theme park and hotel deals.

"We actually stayed at a really nice hotel for the weekend, lovely pool," said Vogt.

Along with more visitors, Visit Florida says they also saw an increase in hotel occupancy rates and the number of jobs created by tourists.

Jim Bailey runs a miniature golf business. He says the increases have been small, but noticeable.

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