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June 28, 2016

Travel & Tourism

Florida Consumer Alert: Vacation Scams

With tourism hitting record numbers in the Sunshine State, vacation and travel plans become even more popular in the summer months. Visit Florida recently reported an increase of more than four percent in tourists in the first quarter of 2016. The Florida Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) encourages Floridians and visitors to be on guard for common scams involving vacation and travel plans. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2016

AAA forecasts record-breaking Independence Day travel

Fourth of July travel volume will be highest on record with 43 million Americans traveling, five million more than Memorial Day Read more »
Published on 6/28/2016

Talking tourism: The Keys enjoy a jump in visitors

Tourism accounts for 54% of all jobs and 60% of all spending in the Florida Keys. Read more »
Published on 6/28/2016

Florida Chamber of Commerce analysis on the impact of Brexit

Florida Chamber's Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish: “Brexit will cause volatility in financial markets, will likely slow down the number of U.K. visitors to Florida and reduce foreign direct investment in our state…but there is good news for Florida's imports.” Read more »
Published on 6/24/2016

The bed tax never sleeps in Florida

How tourist development taxes should be used has become a running battle in Tallahassee. Read more »
Published on 5/25/2016

In the bag: Handling luggage on a grand scale

Starting with valet parking, Craig Mateer expanded into handling luggage -- now on a grand scale. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

In the market for a 14-bedroom home?

All Star caters to a growing market for mega-home vacation rentals. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

Virgin berths: Creating a cruise line for Virgin Group

In a suburban office building near Fort Lauderdale, a small group of executives is creating a cruise line from scratch as part of the Virgin Group. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

All cylinders: St. Johns grows its base beyond tourism

The historic sites of St. Augustine and the golf resorts of Ponte Vedra Beach make tourism a driving force in the St. Johns County economy. Read more »
Published on 4/27/2016

Accommodations and Restaurants

Industry interviews, charts, profiles and a by-the-numbers sector overview. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2016

MIA is Miami-Dade's biggest economic engine

A look at the economic impact of Miami International Airport – by the numbers. Read more »
Published on 2/26/2016

Florida had a record 105 million tourists in 2015

This is the fifth consecutive record year for tourism in Florida. The 2015 numbers were up 6.6 percent over 2014. Read more »
Published on 2/18/2016

Florida leaders react to the record 105 million tourists in 2015

Today, Florida business leaders applauded Governor Scott's announcement thatFlorida set another record in tourism by welcoming 105 million visitors in 2015, according to VISIT FLORIDA. Read more »
Published on 2/18/2016

AAA: Number of holiday travelers expected to top 100 million for the first time

Nearly one in three Americans to take a holiday trip this year Read more »
Published on 12/16/2015

State of the cruise industry - outlook

Continued evolution of cruise travel drives industry growth Read more »
Published on 12/3/2015

Florida continues all-time tourism record

Florida on pace for fifth consecutive record year with over 79.1 million visitors in first three quarters of 2015 Read more »
Published on 11/19/2015

Marriott to buy Starwood to create world's biggest hotel chain

­Marriott International Inc will buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc for $12.2 billion to create the world's largest hotel chain with top brands including Sheraton, Ritz Carlton and the Autograph Collection. Read more »
Published on 11/16/2015

Global cruise industry contributed $7.95 billion to Florida's economy in 2014

The $7.95 billion number is up 8.4 percent in one year. Florida ranks first in state economic benefits from cruise industry. Read more »
Published on 10/20/2015

37.2 million Americans planning a Memorial Day getaway

Strong economy and low gas prices drive 4.7 percent increase in holiday travel over 2014 Read more »
Published on 5/11/2015

Cuba's economic backbone

Cuba's economy is based on four mainstays: Read more »
Published on 4/28/2015

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