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VISIT FLORIDA Receives $10.5 Million Increase in Public Funding

May 3rd, 2014 — 8:22am

Last night, the Florida Legislature passed the state budget which included a $10.5 million increase in VISIT FLORIDA funding for a record $74 million in FY 2014-15.  This allocation includes $5 million for medical tourism marketing and $1.3 million to promote the Sunshine State to veterans and active duty military.  I would like to thank Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature for their visionary leadership and for their extraordinary support of VISIT FLORIDA and the state’s tourism industry. Continue reading »

Will Seccombe
President & CEO
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Florida’s Tourism Industry Building on Momentum

June 10th, 2013 — 12:40pm

Two consecutive years of record visitation.  A record 26 million visitors in Q1 2013.  Thirty-six consecutive months of job growth and a record 1,080,000 Floridians employed in the hospitality industry.  Florida is the No. 1 domestic vacation destination, the top family vacation destination, the top U.S. beach destination, the top vacation destination for Baby Boomers and Millennials, the  No. 1 destination for African American leisure travelers and one of the top international travel destinations. Continue reading »

Will Seccombe
President & CEO

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VISIT FLORIDA Awards Record Number of Tourism Industry Grants

June 5th, 2013 — 11:08am

I am pleased to announce that VISIT FLORIDA has recently awarded $378,353 to Florida tourism industry organizations as part of our 2013-2014 grant program.  The grants are given in four program categories, including Advertising Matching Grants; Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Tourism Grants; Minority Convention Grants; and Small Business Grants.  This year, VISIT FLORIDA received a record 126 applications and was able to award grants to 85 deserving businesses. Continue reading »

Eileen Forrow
Vice President, Sales and Marketing

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Registration for Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism Now Open

June 4th, 2013 — 9:55am

Attendee registration for the 46th Annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism is now open.  This year, VISIT FLORIDA’s signature event and Florida’s premier educational conference for the tourism industry, will be held September 11 – 13 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando. Continue reading »

Steven Bonda, CMP
Senior Manager, Corporate Meetings & Events

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VISIT FLORIDA Prepares for Start of 2013 Hurricane Season

May 31st, 2013 — 2:45pm

With the 2013 Hurricane Season beginning tomorrow, I wanted to share the resources and action steps VISIT FLORIDA has developed to ensure Florida’s visitors have access to consistent, real-time, statewide information.  It is our hope that these efforts will allow our visitors to make the most informed travel planning decisions possible in preparation for a potential weather threat that might impact the state. Continue reading »

Meredith DaSilva
Vice President, Executive Operations and Administration

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