St. Johns County's State of the Tourism Industry event shows tourism works

When the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau kicked off the 8th State of the Tourism Industry summit May 17, it presented proof positive that tourism works in St. Johns County. More than 200 people turned out for the annual event. Richard Goldman, President and CEO of the Visitors and Convention Bureau, reported that record numbers of tourists are visiting Florida's Historic Coast.

 

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VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors appoints Ken Lawson as new President & CEO

VISIT FLORIDA announced the appointment of Ken Lawson as its new President and CEO.  The announcement was made following a unanimous vote of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors during a meeting this morning in Orlando.  Lawson, who currently serves as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), will assume his new position with VISIT FLORIDA on January 11.

 

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First quarter of 2017 sets Florida visitation record

Governor Rick Scott announced today that Florida set another record by welcoming the highest number of quarterly visitors in the state's history with 31.1 million visitors in the first quarter of 2017. This represents a 2.5 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Even though Florida's tourism industry is booming, the Florida Legislature cut VISIT FLORIDA's budget by 67 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

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MIA celebrates inaugural Miami-Reykjavik flight by WOW air

On April 6, Miami International Airport (MIA) and WOW air celebrated the launch of first-ever Miami-Reykjavík passenger service by the low-cost transatlantic airline, which also made Miami its sixth U.S. destination and first in the southeast U.S. Additionally, the route launch marked MIA’s fourth Nordic destination, 23rd European route, and ninth low-cost carrier.

 

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Florida sets another tourism record with 112.8 million visitors in 2016

Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors in the state’s history with 112.8 million visitors in 2016. This is the sixth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 106.6 million in 2015 by 5.9 percent. Tourism jobs also hit a record high in 2016 of 1.4 million jobs, exceeding the previous record in 2015.

 

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Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau launches Hello Sunny TV

In a world first for destination marketing, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched the 24/7 digital TV network – “Hello Sunny TV” – to highlight its growing appeal to affluent and millennial travelers. The major initiative to deliver exciting new content and exposure for Greater Fort Lauderdale was launched on Saturday, December 3.

 

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85 million tourists visited Florida during first 9 months of 2016

Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors of any nine months in the state’s history with 85 million visitors. This record amount represents a 5.5 percent increase over the year. In the third quarter of 2016 (July - September), 26.9 million visitors came to the state, an increase of 5.1 percent over the year. This marks Florida’s largest third quarter for visitation ever.

 

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Visit Tampa Bay celebrates another record year

Visit Tampa Bay celebrated another record year for tourism in Hillsborough County and launched “Talk Up Tampa Bay,” a program that rewards local residents who help bring meetings and conventions to the destination. The annual luncheon was held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. The 600-person gathering showcased the highlights of the year and tourism’s positive impact on Tampa Bay.

 

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St. Augustine Recognized with Condé Nast Traveler's 2016 Reader's Choice Award

Condé Nast Traveler has announced the results of its 29th annual Readers' Choice Awards with St. Augustine, Florida, recognized among the Best Small Cities in the World. St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, is located in the northeast area of Florida, and placed 9 out of 15 in the category of Best Small Cities in the United States. If you visit the Sunshine State, Florida's Historic Coast is a must.

 

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