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VISIT FLORIDA Announces Additional $229K to Promote Tourism in Communities Affected by Hurricane Michael

March 21, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, announced another round of hurricane recovery grants totaling nearly $230,000 to communities recovering from Hurricane Michael. These grants have been awarded to the Tourism Development Commission of Franklin and Holmes counties based on the amounts requested. Since February, VISIT FLORIDA has awarded $1,087,000 to [...]

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VISIT FLORIDA Announces $860K to Promote Tourism in Communities Affected by Hurricane Michael

February 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – VISIT FLORIDA announced today that more than $858,000 has been awarded to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael to promote tourism to their area. These grants have been awarded to the Panama City Community Development Council, the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tourism Development Councils of Gulf, Jackson and Washington [...]

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VISIT FLORIDA Announces an All-Time Record 126 Million Visitors in 2018

February 20, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, VISIT FLORIDA announced that Florida welcomed an all-time record number of visitors last year with 126.1 million out-of-state visitors coming to the Sunshine State in 2018. This announcement marks the eighth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous record of 118.8 million visitors in 2017 by an astounding 6.2 [...]

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Florida Landmarks Now Part of U.S. Civil Rights Trail

January 22, 2019

Tallahassee, Fla.–Today, VISIT FLORIDA announced that five of the six new sites added to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail by the U.S. Civil Rights Trail Marketing Alliance on Martin Luther King Jr. Day are Florida landmarks. Launched in January of last year, the U.S. Civil Rights Trail is a collection of more than 100 sites [...]

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VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors Appoints Dana Young as New President and CEO

January 07, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, VISIT FLORIDA announced the appointment of Dana Young as its new President and CEO. The announcement was made following a unanimous vote of the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors during a meeting this afternoon. Dana Young will assume her role as VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO on Wednesday, January 9. Governor-elect Ron DeSantis [...]

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Gov. Scott Announces the Launch of Tourism Assistance Programs Following Hurricane Michael

December 07, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the launch of two VISIT FLORIDA Hurricane Michael assistance programs to aid local tourism businesses in the counties that were included in the FEMA major disaster declaration on October 11. The Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Michael Recovery Marketing Program are available to Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, [...]

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VISIT FLORIDA Partners with JetBlue for One-Day Florida Fare Sale to Support the Florida Tourism Industry Following Hurricane Michael and Red Tide

December 07, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, in an effort to promote tourism to the Sunshine State, VISIT FLORIDA and JetBlue announced a fare sale and trip giveaways to select Florida destinations. Both business and leisure travelers can experience all that Florida has to offer through the JetBlue Sunshine State of Mind Fare Sale, valid for travel to Jacksonville, Fort [...]

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VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Ken Lawson Named to 2018 EBONY Power 100

November 29, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, VISIT FLORIDA is excited to announce that Ken Lawson, VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO, has been named to the 2018 EBONY Power 100. The EBONY Power 100, compiled by the editors of EBONY magazine, honors the work, accomplishments and influence of African American leaders in various sectors. Listed as "Power Player," [...]

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