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January 23, 2018

Travel & Tourism

Fight for vacation rental regulations heats up in Tallahassee

Republicans Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) are pushing back against local ordinances that regulate vacation rentals. The battle for home rule is heating up at the capitol. Read more »
Published on 1/18/2018

Visit Florida releases new economic impact figures

VISIT FLORIDA released new figures on the economic impact of visitors to Florida. In 2016, out-of-state visitor spending in Florida reached a record $112 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year. Visitors generated $88 billion, or roughly 10 percent, of Florida's total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up 4.2 percent over 2015, and visitors generated $11.6 billion in state and local taxes, up 3.3 percent. Read more »
Published on 1/18/2018

Florida Airbnb Hosts Earned $450 Million, Welcomed 2.7 Million Guests in 2017

Airbnb Florida, the Sunshine State's leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that its Florida vacation rental hosts earned a combined $450 million in supplemental income while welcoming approximately 2.7 million guests to the state in 2017. Read more »
Published on 12/28/2017

Public Support For Visit Florida Split

Just months after seeing the budget for the state tourism marketing agency cut to $75 million amid a cantankerous political fight, Gov. Rick Scott is asking again for a major boost. Read more »
Published on 12/20/2017

Port Canaveral to host new Royal Caribbean International Ships - Harmony of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas

Harmony of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas will homeport beginning 2019-2020 season Read more »
Published on 11/9/2017

Hot water: SeaWorld faces class-action lawsuits and investigations

In June, Orlando-based Sea-World Entertainment disclosed that it has received subpoenas from both the DOJ and the SEC. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2017

AAA: Americans Are Falling for Autumn Travel

Fewer crowds, mild weather and budget-friendly options attract fall travelers Read more »
Published on 9/22/2017

Three LEGOLAND® Parks to Transform Roller Coasters into Supercharged Virtual Reality Adventure

The Great LEGO® Race to Immerse Families in Exhilarating New Experience at Malaysia, Florida and Deutschland Resorts in 2017-2018 Read more »
Published on 9/20/2017

Irma's Stamp On Florida Brand Could Be Costly

Hurricane Irma's state-engulfing radar signature and widespread damage will be a hard image to shake, but tourism experts say Florida's biggest industry will rebound. Read more »
Published on 9/15/2017

Florida Sets All-Time Tourism Record in First Half of 2017

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record by welcoming the highest number of visitors of any six months in the state's history with 60.7 million visitors, according to VISIT FLORIDA. This represents a 4.1 percent increase over the same period in 2016, and includes 53.2 million domestic visitors, 5.3 million overseas visitors and 2.2 million Canadian visitors. Read more »
Published on 8/15/2017

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Reports Second Quarter and First Half 2017 Results

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today reported its financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2017. Read more »
Published on 8/8/2017

Wyndham Worldwide Announces Plan to Become Two Publicly Traded Hospitality Companies

Wyndham Hotel Group to Become Pure-Play Hotel Company; Wyndham Vacation Ownership Will Be World's Largest Publicly Traded Timeshare Business Read more »
Published on 8/3/2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Enhances Summer 2018 Deployment In Alaska And The Caribbean

New for 2018, Norwegian Sun will reposition to Port Canaveral and offer all-inclusive four day cruises to Havana, Cuba and Key West, and three-day cruises to the Bahamas. Read more »
Published on 7/13/2017

Panama City Beach Reports Record-Breaking Tourism for May

Fourth consecutive month of double-digit growth Read more »
Published on 7/12/2017

Head to head: The Universal/Disney battle heats up

For nearly a decade now, Walt Disney World and Universal have been engaged in an increasingly expensive arms race. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2017

A mall theme-park in Miami-Dade?

Trust Miami to attract the latest jaw-dropping real estate project to Florida. Read more »
Published on 5/24/2017

CEO of Visit Florida makes case why defunding agency will cost Florida thousands of jobs

Ken Lawson, CEO of Visit Florida, makes a case why defunding the agency will cost Florida thousands of jobs. Below is a letter he sent to Florida Trend: Read more »
Published on 4/26/2017

Airbnb Announces Florida Spring Training Economic Impact Results

Airbnb Florida announced the economic impacts of home sharing during Spring Training in Florida. Read more »
Published on 4/13/2017

On Call International Reveals the Best U.S. Cities for Business Travel

New study from travel risk management provider ranks major cities based on several key factors that contribute to a seamless business travel experience Read more »
Published on 3/31/2017

Port Everglades and Royal Caribbean Sign MOU

Broward County's Port Everglades has negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that provides the framework for a new long-term business agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCL) that will include complete, customized renovations of the Port's Cruise Terminal 25 targeted for completion by October 31, 2018. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2017

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