Articles tagged “florida”

Miami Officials Warn Airbnb Hosts They May Be Guilty of Tax Fraud

Miami Officials Warn Airbnb Hosts They May Be Guilty of Tax Fraud

Associated Press

A visit or call to an accountant or tax lawyer may be a wise thing to do for Airbnb hosts who are homeowners in Miami Dade County, Florida until local politicians get their act together.

1 week ago

Disney Agrees to Pay Workers $3.8 Million In Back Wages and Costume Fees

Disney Agrees to Pay Workers $3.8 Million In Back Wages and Costume Fees

Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg

Disney, a company that reported $55.6 billion in 2016 revenue should, should be ashamed of treating its workers so shabbily that it was forced to pay a penalty of $3.8 million for trying to cut some corners.

2 weeks ago

Governor Supports Embattled Visit Florida in New TV Ad

Governor Supports Embattled Visit Florida in New TV Ad

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott has become one of the most vocal U.S. governors to support tourism and the need to spend money marketing to travelers. Scott is concerned about job losses that would come with decreased tourism; his advocacy is a nice example for other politicians.

2 weeks ago

Many Destinations Use Celebrities for Marketing But Pitbull Fiasco Is a Warning Sign

Many Destinations Use Celebrities for Marketing But Pitbull Fiasco Is a Warning Sign

Dan Peltier, Skift

Choosing someone like Taylor Swift to promote tourism during the height of her career is a destination marketing windfall that doesn't come around often. Many tourism boards, though, would rather be more strategic with their marketing than picking a face and hoping for the best.

2 weeks ago

Visit Florida Loses Another Battle With State Legislators

Visit Florida Loses Another Battle With State Legislators

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

It appears that neither the Senate nor the governor will put up with this nonsense, but do expect Visit Florida to exist under more scrutiny next year.

2 weeks ago

Florida Politicians Aren’t Sure if More Gambling Is Right Step For Tourism

Florida Politicians Aren’t Sure if More Gambling Is Right Step For Tourism

Gary Fineout, Associated Press

No matter how it's sliced and diced, Florida's tourism industry is poised for significant changes this year as state politicians decide on the future of tourism marketing funds, casino and gambling expansion and more during the next few months.

3 weeks ago

Florida Politicians Push Forward Plan to Gut Tourism Funding

Florida Politicians Push Forward Plan to Gut Tourism Funding

Associated Press

Florida is more dependent on tourism than any other state in the U.S. If this goes through we'll have a wonderful case study for what happens when funding goes away.

1 month ago

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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago