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Gov. Scott: Virgin Voyages to Create 300 New Jobs at New Headquarters in Broward County

February 14, 2018

PLANTATION, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Virgin Voyages, a new cruise company by the global Virgin brands, has selected Plantation for their new headquarters, which will create 300 new jobs. The company will also invest $15.9 million in the local community. Earlier today, Governor Scott also announced Lockheed Martin would be expanding in [...]

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Ken Lawson Meets With Keys Leaders to Discuss the Importance of Fully Funding VISIT FLORIDA Following Hurricane Irma

February 08, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Yesterday, during Florida Keys Day in Tallahassee, VISIT FLORIDA President & CEO Ken Lawson met with leaders and residents from Monroe County to discuss the impact Hurricane Irma had on Florida’s tourism industry and of importance of fully funding VISIT FLORIDA.  Ken Lawson, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA said, "The Florida Keys is one [...]

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Hotel Pipeline Data Shows Importance of Fully Funding VISIT FLORIDA

February 05, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Today, VISIT FLORIDA released data indicating strong growth projections for Florida’s hotel industry. As tourism fuels record visitation and out-of-state spending numbers, construction in Florida’s hotel industry will continue to boom through 2020. This growth is directly correlated to VISIT FLORIDA’s strong marketing efforts that have led to record visitation numbers to the state.  According [...]

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Statement from Ken Lawson on VISIT FLORIDA Funding

January 24, 2018

“While it’s still early in the process, the Florida Senate’s initial proposal to cut VISIT FLORIDA’s funding to $50 million is disappointing. Over the past year, we’ve restructured VISIT FLORIDA to ensure we are completely transparent, accountable, and efficient from top to bottom. At the same time, we’ve developed some of the most cutting-edge marketing [...]

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VISIT FLORIDA Releases New Economic Impact Figures

January 18, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla—Today, VISIT FLORIDA released new figures on the economic impact of visitors to Florida. In 2016, out-of-state visitor spending in Florida reached a record $112 billion, an increase of 2.7 percent over the previous year. Visitors generated $88 billion, or roughly 10 percent, of Florida’s total Gross Domestic Product (GDP), up 4.2 percent over [...]

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Gov. Scott: Florida Hits All-Time Record High for Tourism

November 20, 2017

MIAMI, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another tourism record by welcoming the highest number of visitors of any nine months in the state’s history with 88.2 million visitors, according to VISIT FLORIDA. This represents a 3.3 percent increase over the 85.4 million visitors from the same period in 2016. This includes 77.6 million [...]

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