Articles tagged “florida”

State Republicans Take On Visit Florida in YouTube Video

State Republicans Take On Visit Florida in YouTube Video

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Though Florida Republican state senators support the elimination of Visit Florida's funding, it seems unlikely that the most-visited state in the U.S. would eliminate its tourism-marketing funds. The fact that Florida lawmakers are divided on this bill means there will likely be a compromise.

4 days ago

Florida Had a Record 2016 For Visitors as State’s Tourism Funding is at Risk

Florida Had a Record 2016 For Visitors as State’s Tourism Funding is at Risk

Associated Press

Governor Scott and Visit Florida will no doubt use these numbers to make their case for Visit Florida's worthiness as the organization's funding faces elimination.

4 days ago

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Visit Florida Hires New CEO and Pays $73,000 to Outgoing Leader after Pitbull Controversy

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Visit Florida is facing pressure from state legislators to justify its very existence. The governor's pick of a new Visit Florida CEO who has zero tourism experience signals that fiscal controls will trump creativity in marketing the state to visitors.

1 month ago

Guns in Checked Luggage Become an Issue After Murder of 5 People at Fort Lauderdale Airport

Guns in Checked Luggage Become an Issue After Murder of 5 People at Fort Lauderdale Airport

David Koenig, Bloomberg

The U.S. Republican political establishment has already decided it would rather allow people to brutally murder innocent people than impose even the slightest restrictions on guns, so this is not going to happen.

1 month ago

Visit Florida CEO, CFO and CMO to Depart After Pitbull Marketing Deal Outcry

Visit Florida CEO, CFO and CMO to Depart After Pitbull Marketing Deal Outcry

Jason Clampet, Skift

This smells more of politics than smart planning. And we would argue it isn't a good idea to get rid of one of the more talented DMO executive teams in the U.S. just when your state is strategizing how to make up for declining visitation from Canadians, UK nationals, and others.

2 months ago

South Beach Is No Longer an Active Zika Zone, But Some Risks Remain

South Beach Is No Longer an Active Zika Zone, But Some Risks Remain

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

The timing is good for the tourism industry: South Beach is free of active Zika transmissions just in time for the busiest winter months. But health officials should remain on guard — and visitors should keep themselves informed — because there are still isolated cases of the virus.

2 months ago

Florida Visitor Arrivals Break Record Despite Zika Concerns

Florida Visitor Arrivals Break Record Despite Zika Concerns

Associated Press

These Florida tourism numbers cover the first nine months of the year so the full impact of Zika probably won't be reflected until the full-year numbers come in. Still, Florida tourism doesn't appear to have skipped a beat despite a series of potentially adverse factors and events.

3 months ago

TripAdvisor Booking Ban Concerns Dolphin Attractions

TripAdvisor Booking Ban Concerns Dolphin Attractions

Associated Press

Sure, some interactions between tourists and mammals at facilities engender an appreciation for conservation efforts. But looking at the big picture on the planet, TripAdvisor is probably right that these encounters do more harm than good.

4 months ago

Florida Faces Tourism Challenge as Hurricane Matthew Devastated Sand Dunes

Florida Faces Tourism Challenge as Hurricane Matthew Devastated Sand Dunes

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

From a tourism perspective regarding Hurricane Matthew, Florida escaped a worst-case scenario but damage to some of its beaches will be costly to fix.

4 months ago

Theme Parks Reopen in Florida After Hurricane Matthew

Theme Parks Reopen in Florida After Hurricane Matthew

Associated Press

Hurricane Matthew is a killer but could have been much worse in Florida. After closing on Friday, the state's theme parks are getting back to normal.

5 months ago

The Most Visited U.S. States Spent Less to Market to Travelers Last Year

The Most Visited U.S. States Spent Less to Market to Travelers Last Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

For some states coming in under budget is good news and for others the smaller spending signifies problems that marketing organizations are having. For now, most provisional tourism budgets increased for fiscal year 2016 and we'll soon see what impact that's had on travelers.

5 months ago

As Florida Finds Zika in Local Mosquitoes, New Poll Shows Travel Could Be Affected

As Florida Finds Zika in Local Mosquitoes, New Poll Shows Travel Could Be Affected

Curt Anderson and Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press

While the latest development — the discovery of mosquitoes carrying Zika — is not shocking, it's a fresh round of headlines for a destination that would rather see the issue fade away. A new poll showing wariness about travel to areas with the virus brings more bad news.

6 months ago