October 23, 2016

Travel & Tourism

Virgin Cruises sets sail under new moniker "Virgin Voyages"

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson revealed Virgin Voyages as the inspiring new identity for the company's cruise line. Read more »
Published on 10/19/2016

Coast Guard sets port condition X-ray for south Florida Ports

The Coast Guard captain of the port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for Port Miami, Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Fort Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by Hurricane Matthew that may arrive within 48 hours. Read more »
Published on 10/4/2016

SeaWorld unveils major new attractions for 2017

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company with 12 destination and regional theme parks, announced its extensive line-up of new attractions, shows and events for 2017. Read more »
Published on 9/28/2016

Innisfree Hotels acquires Hotel Indigo in Sarasota

New hotels under development and construction will lead to $100 million investment in coastal community. Read more »
Published on 9/8/2016

Carnival Corporation to build three new LNG-powered cruise ships with Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku

World's largest leisure travel company signs new agreement with leading German and Finnish shipbuilders to deliver two new cruise ships for Carnival Cruise Line and one new cruise ship for P&O Cruises UK through 2022 Read more »
Published on 9/7/2016

Zika spreads to Miami Beach, U.S. expands travel warning

Federal health officials on Friday warned pregnant women not to travel to trendy Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquitoborne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. Read more »
Published on 8/22/2016

HEI Hotels and Resorts -- Notice of Data Breach

HEI Hotels & Resorts (“HEI”) recently became aware of a security incident possibly affecting the personal information of some customers who made payment card purchases at point-of-sale terminals, such as food and beverage outlets, at certain HEI managed properties. Read more »
Published on 8/15/2016

Florida hits all-time record high for tourism

Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors of any six months in the state’s history with 57.4 million visitors.... Read more »
Published on 8/12/2016

Visitors concerned about Zika but still plan to travel to Florida, UF study shows

With more than 20 cases of non-travel related Zika reported in South Florida, tourists express more concern with travel to the state but still plan to come, a new study shows. Read more »
Published on 8/11/2016

Bloom and bust: Algae takes a heavy toll on Florida tourism

The harmful algae bloom affecting some South Florida beaches has driven away half of people considering visiting the Sunshine State and could deter nearly three-fourths of those thinking of traveling to the affected counties, a new study shows. Read more »
Published on 8/5/2016

UK urges pregnant women to reconsider travel to Zika-hit Florida

British health officials have urged pregnant women to consider postponing non-essential travel to Florida after the southern U.S. state confirmed the first cases of the Zika virus that were not linked to travel. Read more »
Published on 8/1/2016

Drawing a line in the sand

Walton County grapples with beach public access questions. Read more »
Published on 7/27/2016

Royal Caribbean signs agreement with Miami-Dade County to build world-class cruise terminal

Cruise line plans to sail an Oasis-class ship out of the state-of-the-art terminal. Read more »
Published on 7/6/2016

Gov. Scott welcomes new Royal Caribbean project at PortMiami

Project expected to add 4,000 new jobs. Read more »
Published on 7/6/2016

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

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