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State’s Tourism Agency Touts Visitor Increase

24 million tourists visited Florida in the second quarter of 2014. According to the state’s tourism promotion agency, Visit Florida, that’s a 3% increase from this time last year. Of the 24 million tourists who visited from April to June  2.8 million came from overseas and just over a million from Canada. Visit Florida says it’s the biggest second quarter visitation ever. In the second quarter of 2013, just over 23 million tourists came to the Sunshine state. Governor Rick Scott has set a goal of 100 million visitors per year to the Florida, and he’s pushed for the state to invest more in promoting Florida as a tourism destination. Last year just under 60 million tourists visited Central Florida.
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Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind of Fishkind & Associates

Fishkind Commentaries | Florida’s Employment Divide: Why Are Bigger Cities Outpacing Smaller Ones?

A new trend is emerging in Florida’s employment numbers, and it’s caught the attention of 90.7 economic analyst Hank Fishkind. There’s a clear difference in how Florida’s larger cities are faring in terms of job creation and employment and how smaller cities are doing. This week, Fishkind looks at the factors pushing the state’s major metropolitan areas forward, and holding other regions back.
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Fishkind Economic Commentaries

Fishkind Commentary | Checking the Math on Healthcare Costs

Recent analysis from the state shows healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act could rise in Florida, but White House analysis of the same data shows out-of-pocket costs could drop.  90.7 Economic Analyst Hank Fishkind sorts through the numbers with 90.7’s Amy Kiley.  He starts with the larger question, not of healthcare premiums, but of healthcare costs.  You can hear his commentaries on the Central Florida economy every Tuesday morning at 7:33.
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