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High Turnout, Record Business Transactions at Florida Huddle 2014

January 24th, 2014 — 2:55pm

Florida Huddle 2014, held Jan. 14-16 in Palm Beach County, was a resounding success in its first year of being owned and operated by VISIT FLORIDA.  Three high scores for this travel trade show tell the story: more buyers, more time for appointments, more Florida travel business transactions.  Hosted by Discover Palm Beach County, the show was sold out, filling four local hotels and reflecting the tourism industry’s revitalized interest in the re-engineered show. Continue reading »


Tracy Vaughan
Director, International Sales & Marketing
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Disney’s Randy Garfield Inducted into U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders

November 22nd, 2013 — 10:16am

I am proud to share that last night travel industry veteran Randy Garfield of The Walt Disney Company was honored as a 2013 inductee into the U.S. Travel Hall of Leaders. Garfield, and fellow honoree Mike Gallagher of CityPASS, were recognized during a dinner attended by more than 100 travel industry leaders as part of the U.S. Travel fall board meeting at the Fairmont in Washington, D.C. Continue reading »


Will Seccombe
President & CEO

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Brand USA’s Latest Efforts Spotlighted in National Publication

March 11th, 2013 — 5:08pm

VISIT FLORIDA would like to congratulate Chris Thompson and Brand USA on their success in establishing a strong national destination marketing organization that is driving increased travel to the United States.  Their latest efforts to attract visitors from around the globe are spotlighted in a  recent article by the Washington Post. Continue reading »


Will Seccombe
President & CEO

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VISIT FLORIDA Selects Will Seccombe as New President & CEO

November 27th, 2012 — 11:54am

Today, VISIT FLORIDA is proud to announce the selection of Will Seccombe as its new President and CEO.  Will, our Chief Marketing Officer since 2008, has been serving as the Acting President and CEO since Chris Thompson’s departure to head Brand USA.  Today’s unanimous vote by the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors to have Will become Chris’ permanent replacement is the culmination of a deliberate process by a six-member executive search committee in concert with the national recruiting firm SearchWide. Continue reading »


Glenn Hastings
Chair, VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors

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VISIT FLORIDA’s Chris Thompson Tapped to Head Brand USA

September 28th, 2012 — 10:31am

Today, VISIT FLORIDA held a Board of Directors meeting to establish a formal process for filling its soon-to-be vacant President and CEO position. This vacancy was created when Chris Thompson was officially announced as Brand USA’s new President and CEO, effective November 1, 2012.  As part of the meeting, a formal search committee made up of six board members was appointed. The board voted unanimously to have Will Seccombe, VISIT FLORIDA’s CMO since 2008, serve as Acting President and CEO to bridge the time between Thompson’s departure and the naming of a permanent replacement. Continue reading »


Kathy Torian
Corporate Communications Manager

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