Articles tagged “florida”

Labor Day Travel Plans: Anywhere But Florida

Labor Day Travel Plans: Anywhere But Florida

Will Wade and Natalie Wong, Bloomberg

Hurricane Dorian is expected to hit Florida over the holiday weekend; travelers are scrambling to alter their plans ahead of it. Hospitality revenue will take a hit as hotels slash rates, even as they become a refuge for regional residents. But discounting rates is the right thing to do.

3 weeks ago

Disney Unveils Star Wars Hotel That Isn’t a Hotel

Disney Unveils Star Wars Hotel That Isn’t a Hotel

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

OK, if this isn't a hotel we'll have to put "space cruise" under the umbrella of alternative accommodations.

4 weeks ago

Visit Florida Secures $50 Million Lifeline — For Now

Visit Florida Secures $50 Million Lifeline — For Now

Associated Press

The good news is that the Sunshine State’s official tourism marketing body can continue operations. The not-so-good news is that it’s only a one-year reprieve — and on a slashed budget, at that.

5 months ago

Florida Sees Tourism Gain Despite Another Decline in Overseas Visitors

Florida Sees Tourism Gain Despite Another Decline in Overseas Visitors

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Florida's tourism picture is still setting records, but the persistent drop in overseas visitors is troubling — especially for a warm-weather destination with global appeal.

7 months ago

Why Airlines Can’t Get Enough of the Sunshine State

Why Airlines Can’t Get Enough of the Sunshine State

Jay Shabat, Skift

Florida is a giant market for U.S. and even some non-U.S. airlines, with tourism, population, and economy all growing. But for some carriers, it’s a chief determinant of their financial performance.

9 months ago

Visit Florida CEO Is Leaving to Join New Governor’s Administration

Visit Florida CEO Is Leaving to Join New Governor’s Administration

Dan Peltier, Skift

Ken Lawson did what he could to turn the ship around and tried to bring more transparency to Visit Florida. But many in Florida's tourism industry remain skeptical of the organization and its work.

9 months ago

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Virgin Is Lending Its Name to a High-Speed Train Line in Florida

Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg

Let's hope Virgin is only lending its branding skills here: The Virgin-run rail line in the UK is a poster child for incompetence.

10 months ago

Florida Extends Tourism Boost to Gulf Coast Locales Hurt by Red Tide

Florida Extends Tourism Boost to Gulf Coast Locales Hurt by Red Tide

Dan Peltier, Skift

Much of Florida's beaches remain pristine and algae-free and other parts of the state are seeing a boost as tourists relocate their vacations. This year's red tide is the latest wake-up call to climate change that the state's tourism industry has had to grapple with.

12 months ago

Florida Addresses Its Business Travel Slump by Adding Leisure to the Mix

Florida Addresses Its Business Travel Slump by Adding Leisure to the Mix

Dan Peltier, Skift

Florida probably has a better chance than most states to convince business travelers to turn into tourists for a couple days, but it will also take more employers to give the thumbs up to this trend.

1 year ago

Extreme Weather Is Making It Harder for Some Tourism Workers to Live Near Their Jobs

Extreme Weather Is Making It Harder for Some Tourism Workers to Live Near Their Jobs

Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg

As many destinations recover and rebuild from violent storms brought on by climate change, tourism workers are increasingly getting left behind.

1 year ago

Trump Administration Grants Florida a Reprieve From Offshore Drilling

Trump Administration Grants Florida a Reprieve From Offshore Drilling

Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Bloomberg

Would this exemption have been given if President Trump didn't own, and spend a lot of his time, at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach? Whatever the reason, it's good news for Florida and its tourism industry.

2 years ago

Florida Beach Access Imperiled in Clash With Panhandle Landowners

Florida Beach Access Imperiled in Clash With Panhandle Landowners

Eric Staats, Melissa Nelson Gabriel and Thaddeus Mast, Associated Press

Who will will the turf war on Florida beaches between landowners and vacationers trying to spread out their towels to enjoy some fun in the sun? The courts will have to figure it out, and there will be big tourism dollars at risk in the outcome.

2 years ago