Articles tagged “florida”

Visit Florida’s $76 Million Budget Gets Legislative Approval After 4-Month Battle

Visit Florida’s $76 Million Budget Gets Legislative Approval After 4-Month Battle

Dan Peltier, Skift

At long last, Florida's tourism industry knows its fate. While Visit Florida will have enough funding to keep the lights on in the coming year, it faces a litany of new procedures and restrictions that will likely send reverberations to other state capitals across the U.S.

1 month ago

Visit Florida Would Maintain Current Funding Under Tentative Agreement

Visit Florida Would Maintain Current Funding Under Tentative Agreement

Dan Peltier, Skift

After a long, drawn-out political process, Visit Florida's chances of maintaining its current funding level look decent. The debate helped spawn conversations among stakeholders at many other tourism boards about their own budgets and operations. Hopefully, everyone learned something.

2 months ago

Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Robust Meetings Business

Visit Florida’s Budget Cuts Could Seriously Impact Florida’s Robust Meetings Business

Jaimie Seaton, Skift

How much of an impact the slashed Visit Florida budget will have on the state's meetings and conventions industry is an open question. The answer depends on whom you ask.

2 months ago

Florida’s Governor Touts Tourism Numbers While Considering Marketing Cuts

Florida’s Governor Touts Tourism Numbers While Considering Marketing Cuts

Associated Press

Expect the governor to make a lot of noise about the role of tourism in the coming weeks as he prepares the state for his veto of a spending bill that will drastically cut Visit Florida's budget.

2 months ago

Miami Is a Cautionary Tale for Airbnb Regulation

Miami Is a Cautionary Tale for Airbnb Regulation

David Smiley, Miami Herald/Associated Press

This is exactly why it's so difficult to enact regulations on short-term rentals that essentially, well, keep everyone happy.

3 months ago

Visit Florida Hires New CFO to Restore Confidence as Budget Battle Rages

Visit Florida Hires New CFO to Restore Confidence as Budget Battle Rages

Dan Peltier, Skift

Many tourism boards across the U.S. are closely watching what happens with Visit Florida's funding as CFO Hefren works to instill confidence that the organization will be more diligent with its finances.

4 months ago

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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 months ago