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2017 Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism Registration Now Open

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.

This premier educational conference for the Florida tourism industry attracts representatives from DMOs, hotels, resorts, amusement parks, advertising agencies and other suppliers to the tourism industry. GC17 gives attendees the opportunity to continue professional and personal development by featuring dozens of specialized speakers, with a conference structure designed to allow participants to remain constantly engaged with their peers. The networking functions coupled with the educational opportunities make GC17 the perfect place for the state’s No. 1 industry to do business.

Well known for its outstanding speaker line-up, the registration fees for Governor’s Conference are one of the lowest in the country compared to other state conferences on tourism.

Interested in exhibiting in the Marketplace, the central hub of the conference? Booth space starts at $1,500, which includes one full conference registration. Registration to exhibit is also open now. Visit this page for more information.

Did you know many sponsorship opportunities include a Marketplace booth? To learn more, visit the Sponsorship Opportunities page or contact VISIT FLORIDA’s Sponsorship Sales Team at adsales@VISITFLORIDA.org or 850-205-3815.

Make plans now to join your industry peers at GC17. For more information and to register today, please visit FloridaTourismConference.com.

Steven Bonda, CMP
Senior Manager, Corporate Meetings & Events
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VISIT FLORIDA to Showcase Historic Florida Main Street Communities

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. Continue reading »

Nelson Mongiovi
Interim Chief Marketing Officer

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VISIT FLORIDA Still Fighting for Full Funding

April 5th, 2017 — 2:59pm

Our fight in Tallahassee to fully fund VISIT FLORIDA continues.  We still need our Industry Partners to help us in this important endeavor.  Recently, the Florida Senate included Governor Scott’s full $76 million for VISIT FLORIDA in their budget.  The Florida House, however, has cut our organization’s funding by 67 percent to $25 million, an amount that would cost tens of thousands of jobs.  Please contact your local legislators to respectfully tell them why fully funding VISIT FLORIDA is critical to 1.4 million jobs in our state. Continue reading »

Ken Lawson
President & CEO

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Tallahassee Area Yellow Cab Shows Support for VISIT FLORIDA

March 21st, 2017 — 12:55pm

FullSizeRTo show support for a fully funded VISIT FLORIDA, Tallahassee area Yellow Cab has equipped 30 taxi cabs with toppers to share the message to Tallahassee residents that “Tourism Works for Florida.”  The company placed the advertisements to promote the 1.4 million jobs created by the tourism industry in Florida.  The toppers, which are being provided by Yellow Cab at no cost to VISIT FLORIDA, will remain on the taxi cabs throughout the 2017 Legislative session. Last year, Florida welcomed a record 112.8 million visitors.  To learn more, go to www.tourismworksforflorida.org.

Ken Lawson
President & CEO

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Importance of Our Industry on Full Display at Florida Tourism Day 2017

March 15th, 2017 — 1:01pm

Fight for Florida Jobs Rally at Florida Tourism Day 2017Yesterday, VISIT FLORIDA and nine other statewide organizations hosted the industry’s annual Florida Tourism Day at the Capitol. This year, there is no doubt that because of the participation of more than 600 of our Industry Partners from 44 counties, Tourism Day was a complete success.  The strength and importance of our industry was on full display for lawmakers in the Capitol.  Without the support of the job creators in our tourism industry, we would be fighting an uphill battle on our own. Continue reading »

Ken Lawson
President & CEO

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