Tag Archive: Visit Florida

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Crux of Visit Florida funding fight: Do you need to sell tourism in state?

June 28, 2019 5:46 pm After a pitched battle in Tallahassee over the importance of the public-private agency’s marketing efforts, state lawmakers slashed funding for Visit Florida to $50 million for the budget year that starts July 1, down from $76 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year. With visitor counts shattering records year after year, Florida’s tourism sector has emerged […]
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2nd Annual #BookDirect Guest Education Day

December 30, 2018 8:55 pm Set for February 6, 2019 The Second Annual #BookDirect Guest Education Day, recurring on the first Wednesday in February, is set for February 6, 2019. With a multitude of new travelers searching for vacation rentals, vacation rental managers and homeowners will join forces for one day with a singular message to let travelers know that […]
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How to donate after Hurricane Michael

November 1, 2018 7:37 pm “If you can be patient as you are generous, we can make it through this wonderfully.”   As images of Hurricane Michael’s devastation in Bay County and surrounding areas spread in the days following the storm, groups motivated by compassion began sending supplies to the storm-hit areas. That generosity is appreciated, but the trailer-clogged roads […]
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Tourism marketing backed after Hurricane Michael, red tide

November 1, 2018 7:28 pm The crisis-response campaign, which is something Visit Florida officials admit they have had to become experts at the past few years, will expand as counties still digging out from Michael are able to start welcoming visitors.   The state’s tourism-marketing arm wants to send a message to potential visitors: Hurricane damage and fish-killing red tide […]
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Florida Extends Tourism Boost to Gulf Coast Locales Hurt by Red Tide

September 27, 2018 4:44 pm Much of Florida’s beaches remain pristine and algae-free and other parts of the state are seeing a boost as tourists relocate their vacations. This year’s red tide is the latest wake-up call to climate change that the state’s tourism industry has had to grapple with. — Dan Peltier   Red tide, a naturally occurring toxic […]
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Beach Warning Flags

June 29, 2018 6:25 pm Stay safe. Know the beach flags. When swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, safety should be your top priority. In Panama City Beach color-coded beach flags are in place to keep the public aware of sea conditions at all times. Remember, double red means stay out of the water – you could be arrested for […]
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Do You Like To Travel?

June 29, 2018 4:04 pm OPMA Travel Circle is giving you exclusive deals and the absolute best rates.  Resort Collection is a member of the most prestigious organization in our industry, the Onsite Property Management Association (OPMA). OPMA is a membership-based association that joins like-minded property management companies together with vendors/suppliers in order to protect, regulate, and advance the vacation rental […]
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Fourth of July on Tap To Be Busiest Air Travel Day in U.S. History

June 28, 2018 8:31 pm Many U.S. travelers have become accustomed to long security lines in recent years, but new technologies could make the experience somewhat faster and more bearable this summer. — Dan Peltier Buckle up. The Friday before July 4 may approach a record for the busiest day ever for U.S. airports, the head of Transportation Security Administration […]

Have You Seen This Child?

June 28, 2018 7:22 pm Chances are you have…on trucks, billboards, and more! The boy (we call him Goggles) is the face of our 2018 marketing campaign and is already turning heads—in a very good way. His bright smile and colorful, orange goggles give the perfect picture of what it’s like to go to the beach. Look for him locally […]

AAA: Summer Gas Prices Expected To Start Dropping

June 1, 2018 3:14 pm Short term gas prices may have peaked. The American Automobile Association predicted Tuesday prices at the pump should soon start dropping because oil and gas futures plunged after Russia and Saudi Arbia expressed interest in raising the oil supply. “The drop in crude should amount to a discount of at least 10 cents at the […]