Category Tourism

Do we really need Visit Florida? YES!

Last Friday, the State House voted to place restrictions on the flexibility with which Visit Florida can spend its resources. House Speaker Richard Corcoran had originally wanted to kill the tourism promotion agency much like he has tried to do with Enterprise Florida, but backed off instead opting to put provisions on how Visit Florida […]

What we are reading: Emirates bookings down 35% to the United States after first travel ban

Emirates Airline, one of the world’s largest international air carriers reported that booking to destinations in the United States dipped 35% after President Trump’s first travel ban. Emirates CEO Tim Clark said the new travel ban issued last week which is less broad led to some recovery but still less than prior to the initial […]

El Clasico coming to Miami – historic yes, but will it stimulate south Florida interest in local pro soccer?

For the first time in over thirty years, arguably the biggest rivalry world club soccer will be played outside Spain – Miami being the choice of venue. On Friday it was announced that the stadium formerly known as Joe Robbie will play host to Real Madrid CF vs FC Barcelona – known as “El Clasico.” […]

Could Trump negatively impact Florida’s tourism industry?

Donald Trump’s elevation to the Presidency is no doubt impacting the reputation of the United States abroad. Last week, a group of soccer supporters in Vancouver that regularly travel to away games in the US stated they would not organize trips south of the border (even to nearby Seattle or Portland) this season due to the […]

Delta bringing A330 service to Fort Myers

Delta Airlines is bringing one of its biggest planes, the Airbus A330 to Fort Myers in the first quarter of 2017. The A330 has flown to Fort Myers before on Delta, but due to increased bookings, the airline will be resuming A 330 service from Minneapolis/St Paul to Fort Myers on February 17.  Southwest Florida […]

Are Visit Florida and Experience Kissimmee’s English football sponsorships worthwhile?

In August 2015, Fulham FC, the oldest professional football (soccer) club in London began sporting shorts with the “Visit Florida.” What was originally a one-year deal was extended into 2016/2017 after tourism officials in the state made great boasts about the return on investment. The amount Visit Florida paid to Fulham, owned by Shahid Khan, […]