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July 17, 2018

Travel & Tourism

Sens. Nelson and Rubio File Bill to Extend Canadian Snowbirds' Stay

Florida's U.S. Senators — Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio — introduced legislation Thursday to extend the stay of some Canadian citizens who vacation in the U.S. Read more »
Published on 7/17/2018

Gov. Scott Takes Executive Action to Protect Access to Beaches

Signs Executive Order Calling on Counties to Not Limit Access to Beaches Read more »
Published on 7/13/2018

Summer gas prices are highest in four years

Gas prices are holding steady in Florida, while inching higher in Georgia and Tennessee. Robust refinery output helped keep the market well-supplied and prices relatively steady, while a record-setting 39.7 million Americans hit the road for Independence Day. Read more »
Published on 7/10/2018

AAA Removes "Traffic Trap" Designations for Lawtey and Waldo, FL

AAA's long-term efforts, a disbanded police department, a new police chief and legislative action have yielded reasonable traffic law enforcement practices warranting removal of the designations Read more »
Published on 7/10/2018

Bluegreen Finalizes Exclusive Agreement to Acquire the Manhattan Club, Opening a New Sales Center in the Big Apple

Bluegreen Vacations Corporation (NYSE:BXG) is a leading vacation ownership company that markets and sells vacation ownership interests (VOIs) and manages resorts in top leisure and urban destinations. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2018

AAA: Nearly 47 Million Americans Will Set New Independence Day Holiday Travel Record

INRIX predicts travel times during the holiday week will double compared to normal trips Read more »
Published on 6/22/2018

Florida's tourism industry hits new highs in first quarter of 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida welcomed an all-time record 33.2 million visitors to the Sunshine State in the first quarter of 2018. This represents an... Read more »
Published on 6/5/2018

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa Undergoing $700 Million Expansion

Economic impact means thousands of jobs for Tampa Bay region Read more »
Published on 5/30/2018

JetBlue Announces Fort Lauderdale as the New Home for Its Travel Products Subsidiary

JetBlue Travel Products to Set Up Shop in Thriving Travel Market of Broward County Read more »
Published on 5/29/2018

2018's Best Summer Travel Destinations

With summer approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's Best Summer Travel Destinations to supplement its Best Travel Credit Cards and Currency Exchange studies. Read more »
Published on 5/17/2018

A New Record for U.S. Travel: Orlando First to Surpass 70 Million Annual Visitors

Solidifies Rank as America's Most-Visited Destination Read more »
Published on 5/11/2018

Demolition Begins to Make Way for New Hi-Tech Cruise Terminal at Port Canaveral

New $150 million Cruise Terminal 3 is the largest single project in the history of Port Canaveral Read more »
Published on 4/30/2018

Florida seniors earned $150 million through Airbnb in 2017

Airbnb Florida, the Sunshine State's leading community driven hospitality company, released a report today documenting the economic impact of home sharing and vacation rentals for Florida's senior community. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2018

Florida Sets Another Tourism Record in 2017

116.5 million visitors came to Florida in 2017, even with major storms impacting the state Read more »
Published on 3/20/2018

TPA prepares for record spring break travel period

Tampa International Airport expects its busiest spring break on record with an estimated 3.1 million passengers traveling through the airport, a 7. 1 percent increase compared to last year's spring break. TPA's spring break travel period officially begins Friday, March 2, and runs through Monday, April 16. Read more »
Published on 3/1/2018

Exhilarating Playlist Production Shows among Array of Entertainment Options aboard New Carnival Horizon

For its newest ship, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line's talented in-house entertainment team has partnered with leading creative directors from Broadway, Los Angeles and London's West End to create three brand new shows that are designed to raise the bar on cruise ship entertainment. Read more »
Published on 2/28/2018

AAA's Top 10 Spring Break Destinations; Half of Florida Travelers to Take a Spring Fling

AAA Unveils Top 10 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations Read more »
Published on 2/26/2018

Florida's Clearwater Beach Tops U.S. -- Siesta Beach is #2

Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos Claims #1 World Ranking -- Lists are Based on Reviews from Millions of Travelers Read more »
Published on 2/22/2018

Virgin Voyages to Create 300 Jobs at New Headquarters in Broward County

On Wednesday, Governor Rick Scott announced that Virgin Voyages, a new cruise company by the global Virgin brands, has selected Plantation for their new headquarters, which will create 300 new jobs. The company will also invest $15.9 million in the local community. Read more »
Published on 2/15/2018

Airbnb Releases 2017 Florida Tax Report

$45.7 Million Collected and Remitted to State/Local Government in 2017 Read more »
Published on 2/13/2018

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

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