The state has long struggled to attract tourists, and the influx of money in recent years has been staggering.
But as of last year, hotel sales in Florida hit a record high, and new data released this week from the Florida Department of Tourism shows that hotel occupancy rates in the Sunshine State hit a peak of 8.6 percent in 2017, which is nearly twice the national average.
Florida has seen an influx of hotels in recent decades, and a growing number of guests are choosing to stay in the state in order to enjoy a less expensive destination.
The number of people who want to stay at a Florida hotel has increased by more than 30 percent since the recession, according to data from the Travel Industry Association.
More than 90 percent of the people who have visited Florida since 2013 are staying at a hotel, according the Travel Association.
“I think the fact that it’s a very popular destination and people are spending so much money on it, I think it’s just something that is going to continue to grow and continue to be popular,” said Chris Schoenberger, the chief executive officer of the Florida Tourism Association.
In 2017, the hotel occupancy rate in Florida reached a new all-time high, which has been driven by the influx in international tourists.
The average hotel occupancy in Florida has risen more than 60 percent over the past decade, according data from Travel Industry Magazine.
More: A new survey of Florida hotels released Wednesday showed that the average hotel in Florida was listed at $5.7 million in 2016, according a report from Florida Public Television.
The most expensive hotels in the U.S. at the end of 2017 were the Marriott Orlando, the Waldorf Astoria, and The Ritz Carlton, all of which cost more than $10 million.
The Florida Tourism Board said that the state was among the most affordable states in the country when it came to cost of living.
But some people in Florida don’t like the idea of staying at expensive hotels.
“We’re in a recession right now, we’re not the luxury state that people think of when they think of Florida,” said Lauren Farr, who has been living in Miami since she was in her 20s.
But if you want to live somewhere like New York or Paris, I’m just not going to be able to afford it.”