Correction: Florida is not the world’s leading travel destination

Official photo of Florida Governor Rick Scott
I previously wrote that Florida would remove red light cameras to maintain its status of being the world’s leading travel destination. I based my statement on facts provided by Florida.

However, PolitiFact reported that Governor Scott was expressing his personal opinion. Scott’s spokesman said:

The governor truly believes Florida is the 'top travel destination' in the world. It’s his personal view.

What Are the World’s Top Tourist Destinations?

The World Tourism Organization UNWTO, a division of the United Nations promotes and tracks travel data. Their UNWTO Tourism Highlights displayed information for 2012.

Top Five Travel Destinations from UNWTO

  1. France
  2. United States
  3. China
  4. Spain
  5. Italy

Where Do Tourists Spend the Most Money?

Tourists spend the most money in the USA.

The top five countries for international tourism receipts are:

  1. United States
  2. Spain
  3. France
  4. China
  5. Macao (China)

It seems that tourists spend more time in the United States, to spend more money.

Florida Will Remove Red Light Cameras for Tourists

I should not have written that Florida was the world’s leading travel destination. However, I still believe that Florida will remove red light cameras to maintain its position as a popular travel destination.

Florida wants tourists to return, without spending an additional $158 for a red light camera ticket during their vacations.