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Irma did not stop tourists from setting record visits to Florida so far in 2017

Despite Hurricane Irma, Florida hit another record high number in tourists visiting the state in the first nine months of this year, according to figures released this week.

Visit Florida, the state's tourism bureau, said 88.2 million visitors came to the Sunshine State so far in 2017 through Sept. 30. That's the highest number ever in that time frame and represents a 3.3 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Of those tourists, 77.6 million came from domestic markets, 7.9 million came from overseas and 2.7 million came from Canada.

"Back-to-back-to-back record quarters in the first nine months of this year show the Florida tourism industry has great momentum," said Visit Florida CEO Ken Lawson stated.

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