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May 28, 2018

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| 4/24/2018

Focus on Canada pays off for Florida tourism

Florida’s tourism arm is touting marketing efforts that attracted an increase in travelers from America’s northern neighbor, less than a year after admitting the state had taken its Canadian visitors for granted. The rise in Canadians comes as the state continues to experience a decline in overseas travel, which has fallen more than 6 percent over the past two years. More from the Orlando Sentinel, the Bradenton Herald, and Florida Politics.

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» Tourism grew in March

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Sports business: The WWE is grapplin' with the future

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The problem facing the WWE, which began in the early 1950s as Capitol Wrestling, is that it has already captured the entire segment of male Americans who are likely to become fans. To address that, WWE is cultivating a new generation of foreign and female wrestlers at its training center in Orlando. Full story here. (This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on the business of sports in Florida.)

Coming tomorrow to Florida Trend.com:
» Turning radius: NASCAR is trying to respond to the challenge faced by almost all spectator sports - how to engage Millennials.

Florida contractors see benefits of Sunshine Protection Act

At least a few Florida contractors have warmed to the idea of permanent daylight saving time and getting an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon — even if it means working another dark hour in the morning. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

Florida businesses looking forward to summer tourism season

Every year, hundreds of small Floridian communities will suddenly feel a bit more crowded as millions of travelers descend upon their tropical towns. Even with snowbirds returning to their more temperate climates at the end of spring break, Florida communities are looking forward to a profitable summer of tourism. [Source: Flagler Gargoyle]

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» Which type of tourists benefit your business most: Snowbirds, spring breakers or summer tourists? (Or, none?)

What’s behind the amazing revival of Florida’s wading birds?

Bellwethers of Everglades health balance on long skinny legs the color of driftwood at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands west of Delray Beach. Wood stork nests are a key clue in the progress of restoring Florida’s iconic river of grass, and in the past year, success rates have been something to crow about. [Source: Palm Beach Post]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› The Republican National Committee spent over $250,000 at Trump-owned Florida properties in March
Donald Trump isn't the only Republican who likes to spend time at his Florida golf courses. The Republican National Committee spent more than a quarter-million dollars at Trump National Golf Club Mar-a-Lago and Trump National Doral Miami in March, according to FEC filings.

› Shuttle-era astronauts join Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center
It’s been nearly seven years since a space shuttle launched from Kennedy Space Center, and now more of that program’s astronauts are joining the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.

› Texas-based logistics systems firm opens Jacksonville office
Texas-based Bourque Logistics, an industrial logistics systems provider, announced it will be opening a Jacksonville office to handle growth in the Southeast region.

› Lucky’s Market hosting job fairs in St. Petersburg ahead of June opening
Job fairs to fill more than 100 jobs open at Tampa Bay’s first Lucky’s Market start this week, the organic grocer announced on Monday. The growing Colorado-based chain was started by two chefs and specializes in natural and organic foods.

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