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Sharpen Your Focus at 2016 Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism

By on June 24th, 2016 — 1:27pm

GovConf_Cvent-graphic (1)VISIT FLORIDA’s signature event, the annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, is quickly approaching September 7-9 at the Hilton Orlando.  Register now to attend the industry’s premier educational conference.  Get inspired, engaged and energized by some of the industry’s top thinkers and receive business insights that lead to big ideas.  Below is a sampling of this year’s keynote speakers.  Click here to see the current list, with more speakers being added regularly.

Sheen A-Photo_UpdatedAlex Sheen – Founder, Because I Said I Would
As founder of a social movement and non-profit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept, Sheen’s organization has sent more than 3.1 million “promise cards” to 153 countries.  The promises written on these cards have made headlines around the world.  His charitable projects and awareness campaigns have been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR and many other programs.   For more details.

Molavi A-Photo_UpdatedAfshin Molavi – Senior Global Advisor, Oxford Analytica
Currently serving as an advisor to one of the world’s leading geopolitical risk and advisory firms, Molavi’s expertise in Middle East politics, economics, policy, and culture is staggering.  His prolific knowledge of the region’s complicated political climate has been tapped for briefings by Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Hilary Clinton, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and dozens of other senior officials in Washington and abroad.  For more details.

Dave-Barry-picDave Barry – professional humorist, newspaper columnist and author
Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.  He wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005 that appeared in more than 500 newspapers, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.  He has also written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City.  For more details.

Visit this page for a stellar schedule of events packed with innovative educational sessions led by top industry experts, an interactive marketplace, amazing keynote speakers and exciting networking events.  Register now at FloridaTourismConference.com and follow #GC16 for updates.  We look forward to seeing you in Orlando!


Steven Bonda
Senior Manager, Corporate Meetings & Events
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VISIT FLORIDA Interacts with 2,000+ Travel Trade at Cruise360 2016

By on June 23rd, 2016 — 2:45pm

Florida BoothThe travel trade market, including travel agents, tour operators and other buyers and sellers of travel products, is a vital distribution network for Florida’s tourism industry.  Research shows that nearly five percent of domestic visitors to Florida use a travel agent to book accommodations and seven percent use a travel agent to reserve their air transportation.  To stay top of mind with travel trade representatives who book pre and post stays to our cruise destinations, VISIT FLORIDA recently exhibited at the Cruise Line International Association’s Cruise360 in Vancouver, B.C. Read more of this post »


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VISIT FLORIDA Introduces Inaugural Florida Huddle Mexico

By on June 17th, 2016 — 1:51pm

Florida Huddle Mexico logoVISIT FLORIDA is introducing a brand new signature event, Florida Huddle Mexico.  The inaugural event will be held at the Camino Real Polanco in Mexico City on October 9-11, 2016.  Florida Huddle Mexico will be a contracting cornerstone for Mexico-based tour operators and wholesalers.  Every region of Florida will be there, under one roof, with destinations, attractions and properties prepared to network and conduct business. Read more of this post »


Alfredo Gonzalez
Vice President, International Sales & Market Development

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Join Us as We “Dine Out for Orlando United”

By on June 16th, 2016 — 2:32pm

These are unprecedented times.  Few of us have ever experienced anything approaching this situation before.  The outpouring of assistance and support for the victims, their family and friends and the Orlando community has been heartwarming and inspirational. Read more of this post »


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Florida Tourism Leaders Well Represented on National Stage

By on June 10th, 2016 — 4:27pm

John Sprouls head shotWith today’s announcement by Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker of the new Travel and Tourism Advisory Board members for the coming year, Florida’s tourism industry continues to be well represented at the national level.  Congratulations to John Sprouls, CEO & EVP of Universal Parks and Resorts in Orlando, who was named Chair.  Other members from Florida include George Aguel, President & CEO of Visit Orlando; Olga Ramudo, President & CEO of Express Travel of Miami and William D. Talbert, III, CDME, President & CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.  The tourism and travel advisory board serves as the leadership council for the International Trade Association, whose mission is to help strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry. Read more of this post »


Will Seccombe
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