Ron DeSantis turned Florida into an “oasis of freedom.”
Democrats and the corporate-controlled media attacked him every step of the way.
But Ron DeSantis just released one set of numbers that prove his pro-freedom policies are good for Florida.
While the rest of the country was still under lockdowns and heavy-handed mandates during the pandemic, Ron DeSantis set Florida apart by turning the Sunshine State into an “oasis of freedom” for the rest of the world.
Even though Democrats and members of the left-wing media essentially accused DeSantis of murder for not following Fauci’s orders, many of them were caught maskless on vacation in Florida.
Of course, the Left’s doom and gloom predictions for Florida never happened.
Instead, Florida’s economy boomed at a time when the rest of the country was suffering from the Biden economy.
One area where Florida is benefiting the most from DeSantis’ pro-freedom policies is tourism, a top sector for the state’s economy.
On Thursday, Ron DeSantis announced that Florida experienced record tourism visitation during the third quarter of 2022.
According to VISIT FLORIDA, 35.1 million people visited the state between July and September of this year, marking a 6.9 percent increase from the third quarter of 2021.
This also marks the fifth consecutive quarter of overall visitation surpassing pre-pandemic levels.
So far this year, Florida has welcomed 104.5 million people, an increase of 4.1 percent from the same period in 2019 and over 15.3 percent more than in 2021.
“Our freedom first policies continue to bring visitors to Florida from across the country and around the world,” DeSantis said. “This increase in tourism will support our entire economy, especially small businesses that have been built from the ground up by hardworking Floridians.”
Hotel rooms sold, a key revenue generator for the state, increased by nearly 10 percent compared to the same period last year, with the overall occupancy growing by a rate of 6.2 percent.
“We are thrilled to cap off more outstanding growth for Florida’s tourism industry in the third quarter of 2022,” VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Dana Young said. “Even as more destinations have become available, Florida has firmly maintained the top spot on every traveler’s list. Looking ahead, VISIT FLORIDA is wholly focused on continuing the momentum we have created, and further reinforcing that we are the No. 1 vacation destination in the world.”
Ron DeSantis made a bold decision to push his pro-freedom policies even when faced with nasty opposition.
And Floridians are benefiting thanks to his bold leadership.
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