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• Gov. Rick Scott blasted House Speaker Richard Corcoran and other House Republicans, saying they don’t care about people’s jobs. Scott and Corcoran have traded jabs in recent weeks over funding the state’s tourism and economic development agencies, Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida. Read More »
• Florida’s seeing the highest nine-month total number of tourists. So far, 85 million of them have visited the state this year. They came amid federal warnings about Zika in the Miami area, smelly, toxic algae in south Florida, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, and two hurricanes. Read More »
• The head of Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity is calling her agency’s pending audit of Visit Florida “standard.” Gov. Rick Scott last month ordered a review of the state’s tourism arm amid concerns over how the agency is spending taxpayer dollars. Read More »
• 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. Read More »