Central Northern states lead regional visitors to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in South West Florida.
Most visitors (47%) come from central northern areas. That is according to new figures for the first three months of the year.
In total, 88% of all visitors to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel from January-March 2019 were from the United States.
There are also 22% of visitors from the North East, 7% from central southern states, 3% from the west and 4% from Florida.
Most visitors (9%) came from Minneapolis, with 6% from New York and 5% from Boston and Chicago.
Canada on 8% heads visitors from other countries, with Germany and the UK both on 1%.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Southwest Florida includes Cape Coral, Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero, Pine Island, Boca Grande & Outer Islands, North Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres.
As a whole, visitor numbers reached 1,311,900, down 4% on a year earlier. But the Total Economic Impact was up 5% at $2,032,969,600.
The Economic impact includes indirect and induced effects of visitor spending. Indirect effects are increased business spending from tourism dollars, while nduced effects are increased household spending from tourism dollars.
Two-thirds (64%) of visitors flew to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel and four out of five of them went through Southwest Florida International Airport.
On average, visitors spent 13.4 nights in The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. However, 23% stayed more than 30 nights. Around a quarter were first time visitors.
The figures are published in the Visitor Tracking & Occupancy Study.