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Articles tagged “florida”

Spring Break Faces Sobering Lockdown as Public Beaches Close in Florida

Spring Break Faces Sobering Lockdown as Public Beaches Close in Florida

Brad Brooks and Zachary Fagenson, Reuters

Right as spring break would normally be at its peak, gatherings of more than ten people were restricted in Miami.

3 weeks ago

‘Stay It Forward’ Campaign Sees Tourists Rebuilding Beach in Florida

‘Stay It Forward’ Campaign Sees Tourists Rebuilding Beach in Florida

The Associated Press

With natural disasters becoming so regular, “Stay it Forward” campaigns that see tourists helping to rebuild destroyed towns and beaches will be the new norm.

3 months ago

White House Drops Plans for Summit at Doral Resort After Outcry

White House Drops Plans for Summit at Doral Resort After Outcry

Zeke Miller and Jill Colvin, Associated Press

As Skift first reported in September, meetings and events planners found President Trump's decision to host the G7 summit at his own resort flawed in numerous ways. A little over a month later, backlash to the choice has forced the hard-headed president to reverse course.

6 months ago

Why Is Visit Florida Still Fighting for Its Survival?

Why Is Visit Florida Still Fighting for Its Survival?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Destination marketer Visit Florida could find itself on the chopping block — again. Its perilous future is a symptom of what some call the "weaponization of travel" in political funding battles.

6 months ago

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.

7 months 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.

8 months 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.

11 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

2 years ago