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D.C.’s famed matchbox american kitchen + spirit is now open at Sawgrass Mills

matchbox american kitchen + spirit has officially opened its first-in-Florida location at Sawgrass Mills. D.C.’s favorite restaurant made its debut with a two-day dining preview to benefit Feeding South Florida and a packed VIP grand opening party. Restaurant donates $5,000 to Feeding South Florida as a result of its pre-opening dining previews.

 

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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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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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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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Florida Huddle se estrenó en México

VISIT FLORIDA, organismo dedicado a promover el turismo del Estado del Sol, llevó por primera vez a México la exposición B2B, Florida Huddle. La estrategia del equipo dirigido por Will Seccombe apunta a atraer más visitantes de México al Estado del Sol. El país azteca ocupa el 7mo.lugar como mercado emisor para Florida a nivel global y es es 4to. de America Latina.

 

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Florida Keys in 60 seconds

Sportfishing, boating, scuba diving, great seafood and... Hemingway.

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2016 Florida tourism industry awards announced

During the annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held September 7-9 at the Hilton Orlando, VISIT FLORIDA announced the 2016 Hall of Fame Honorees, as well as the Flagler Awards, Iris D. Larson Awards and the Film Florida Legend Award.  Each year, leaders in Florida tourism are chosen by a selection committee to receive these prestigious honors and awards.

 

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Cobra's Curse awaits you at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Get ready to snake your way through Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s ultimate family roller coaster! This one-of-akind park’s newest attraction features a menacing 30,000-pound snake king icon and a 70-foot vertical lift that takes riders within inches of its 3 foot-wide eyes and 4-foot-long fangs. Guests will experience a new spin with each ride.

 

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Terry Prather to lead Florida Council of Tourism Leaders

Will Seccombe, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, announced last week that Terry Prather, former President of SeaWorld Orlando, was appointed to serve as the Executive Director of the Florida Council of Tourism Leaders. Terry’s first effort will be to conduct a strategic assessment that will identify areas of focus for the Council and develop a “Tourism Tomorrow Roadmap” to better align the Council with the 2020 Strategic Plan of VISIT FLORIDA.

 

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