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September 26, 2018

Travel & Tourism

Report: Rural Florida Experiencing Explosive Airbnb Growth

Airbnb, the Sunshine State's leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that Floridians in rural counties earned $24.7 million in supplemental income while welcoming 125,000 guests through the Airbnb vacation rental platform over the past 12 months, representing a remarkable 110% rate of year-over-year growth. Read more »
Published on 9/24/2018

73% of Floridians to Take a Fall Vacation

Fall foliage, cool weather, and low prices attract post-summer travelers Read more »
Published on 9/21/2018

All-New Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular to Replace IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth as Part of the Transformation of Epcot

After nearly 20 years of delighting Epcot guests through music, fireworks, fire torches and more, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will be ending in the second half of 2019. Read more »
Published on 9/18/2018

Busch Gardens: Get ready to #takeonTigris!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay brings a new level of excitement with FLORIDA'S TALLEST LAUNCH COASTER to open spring 2019. Read more »
Published on 9/13/2018

Florida Continues to Break Visitation Records

65.5­­ million visitors came to Florida in first half of 2018 Read more »
Published on 9/13/2018

The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club Acquired by SCG Hospitality

SCG Hospitality, LLC is pleased to announce its acquisition of the historic 362-room Vinoy® Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, a venerable resort hotel located on the Tampa Bay waterfront, along with an adjacent marina and an 18-hole golf course. Read more »
Published on 8/29/2018

Travel and Leisure's 'Top 10 Best Hotels in Florida' (excluding Miami Beach)

This year's top spot went to a World's Best newcomer, the Pearl Hotel, a tony, European-inspired property in the resort town of Rosemary Beach, in the Panhandle. The fresh, contemporary spin on traditional glamour makes it stand out from the crowd, and stellar amenities — including access to golf and tennis facilities and a selection of spacious pools at St. Joe Club & Resorts — put this year's winner over the top. Read more »
Published on 7/25/2018

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

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