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Thank You for Helping VISIT FLORIDA Achieve Full Funding

By on June 14th, 2017 — 12:00pm

MiamiAs you may have seen, Governor Scott traveled the state yesterday celebrating VISIT FLORIDA receiving full funding and thanking the tourism industry for their hard work and hospitality in welcoming more than 112 million visitors last year. This victory would not have been possible without the help of the Governor, the Legislature and all of our Industry Partners. Read more of this post »


Ken Lawson
President & CEO
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Gov. Scott: First Quarter of 2017 Sets Florida Visitation Record

By on May 15th, 2017 — 2:08pm

Q1 2017 Visitor Numbers Press Conference photoI am proud to share that during a press conference at Jungle Island in Miami this morning, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record by welcoming 31.1 million visitors in the first quarter of 2017, the highest quarterly number ever. This represents a 2.5 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Even though Florida’s tourism industry is booming, the Florida Legislature cut VISIT FLORIDA’s budget by 67 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, putting Florida’s incredible growth and the many families and businesses that rely on the tourism industry at risk. Read more of this post »


Ken Lawson
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VISIT FLORIDA Honors Arthur Hertz’s Contributions to the Tourism Industry

By on May 5th, 2017 — 1:36pm

arthurhertzToday the Florida tourism industry mourns the passing of one of its greatest leaders.  Arthur Hertz was a pioneer in local and state tourism development, including serving as Vice Chairman of the Florida Commission on Tourism and was part of the team that led to the formation of VISIT FLORIDA.  Arthur served as VISIT FLORIDA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1998-1999, was inducted into the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame in 2004 and continued his service as a member of the Florida Council of Tourism Leaders.   Read more of this post »


Ken Lawson
President & CEO

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2017 Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism Registration Now Open

By on April 24th, 2017 — 9:30am

GC17 imageOne of VISIT FLORIDA’s signature events, the annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, will be held this year at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood August 28-30, 2017. I am pleased to share that registration for GC17 is now open. Click here to make your plans to attend. Read more of this post »


Steven Bonda, CMP
Senior Manager, Corporate Meetings & Events

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VISIT FLORIDA to Showcase Historic Florida Main Street Communities

By on April 12th, 2017 — 2:59pm

FAFToday, VISIT FLORIDA announced a new initiative to showcase Florida Main Street communities. In partnership with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) and the Department of State’s Florida Main Street Program, VISIT FLORIDA has begun including these historic Florida communities on the Florida Attractions Finder – a popular online tool where visitors can personalize their Florida experience. Read more of this post »


Nelson Mongiovi
Interim Chief Marketing Officer

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