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February 21, 2017

Travel & Tourism

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

Brexit and what it means for Florida

Yesterday, citizens of the U.K. voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The historic vote has now made the British exit from the EU (dubbed “Brexit”) a reality. So, what does this mean for Florida? Read more »
Published on 6/30/2016

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

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

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