The Iowa Parks and Recreation Department is predicting that the state will be able to attract more than 1 million visitors next year.
The department released the 2016 visitor outlook on Tuesday.
The state’s tourism board estimates that 2.4 million visitors will visit the state this year.
That’s an increase of more than 20 percent from 2015, when the total number of visitors to Iowa exceeded 1.1 million.
The department anticipates that the number of tourists expected to visit the entire state this summer will be close to that figure.
The Iowa Tourism Board estimates that Iowa will have an annual visitor count of more 2.8 million by 2020.
The projected growth rate is more than double the average for the nation.