DEO’s Ken Lawson Shares Importance of Investing in VISIT FLORIDA, the QTI Program, and Communities Impacted by Hurricanes

With the Florida Legislature currently putting finishing touches on Florida’s next state budget, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity CEO Ken Lawson tells the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line that Floridians enjoy a friendly tax climate because of Florida’s visitors contributing to the economy.

“By virtue of tourism, we’re not paying a state income tax. Out-of-state tourists are investing in Florida, spending money across the state, that means that’s increasing our tax base. So, it’s very important that VISIT FLORIDA is funded to help market the state across the country and the world.”

-Director Ken Lawson
CEO, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Director Lawson, Florida’s top economic development leader, also shared the importance of not letting the Qualified Targeted Industries (QTI) program sunset.

“QTI is a great tool for small, medium and large communities across Florida. This tool causes companies to create jobs in aerospace, finance and diversified areas,” he explained about the program that allows job creators who invest in their business, create jobs and pay their taxes, to seek tax refunds based on their investment.

Director Lawson also highlights how DEO is playing a vital role in helping with long-term hurricane disaster recovery.

“Under Governor DeSantis’s leadership, DEO is fully committed to long-term disaster recovery, ensuring they put funds out across the State of Florida,” Lawson said. “With Hurricane Irma, we awarded $300 million so far, with Hurricane Michael we are working on our state action plan.”

Call, Text, Email Your Lawmaker

Florida’s businesses need your support. Reach out to your lawmakers and encourage them to support continuing Florida’s QTI program and VISIT FLORIDA. Find your Representative HERE. Find your Senator HERE.

The Florida Chamber also has a goal for every community to have resiliency plans in times of natural disaster. Tell us HERE about your community’s resiliency plan.

URGENT: VISIT FLORIDA is in Jeopardy

On February 13, 2020, the Florida Senate passed legislation to reauthorize VISIT FLORIDA and recommended full-funding.

But, the future of VISIT FLORIDA is still in jeopardy.

The Florida House of Representatives is recommending shutting down the state’s tourism marketing program.

Please take 10 seconds to send a message to your members of the Florida House, and ask them to join the Florida Senate in reauthorizing and investing in VISIT FLORIDA.

Click HERE to email your representative a brief message, or click HERE to tweet a message to your representative.

Florida can’t afford to lose the state’s tourism marketing arm.

Gov. DeSantis’s Legislative Director Gives Insights on Enterprise Florida, Legal Reform & VISIT FLORIDA

When Governor Ron DeSantis outlined his 2020 legislative priorities during his annual State of the State speech just five weeks ago, he encouraged lawmakers to continue improving on Florida’s bottom five legal environment by passing meaning lawsuit abuse reforms.

On the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line, Stephanie Kopelousos, Legislative Affairs Director for Governor Ron DeSantis explains why it’s important to improve on Florida’s bottom five legal climate.

“I think you see legislation this session that are going through that I think will make a difference. But the Governor’s made it a clear priority, just look at how many judicial appointments he’s made in really trying to get us from the bottom – we are at the bottom – in making that climate better for Floridians,” Kopelousos says.

Additionally, with a budget battle brewing between the House and Senate, Kopelousos explains why it’s important for the legislature to invest, as Governor DeSantis has recommended, in Florida’s tourism marketing and economic development programs by funding VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida, Inc.

Ron Jon Surf Shop Exec: Don’t Gamble with Florida’s Successful Tourism Marketing Program

 

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By Debra Harvey | March 25, 2019 | The Daytona Beach News Journal

VISIT FLORIDA has routinely demonstrated the value of tourism marketing.

Recent debate in Tallahassee has left many in the business community scratching our heads. That’s because the Florida House of Representatives is undertaking a dangerous exercise to shutter VISIT FLORIDA and end Florida’s tourism marketing efforts. Gambling with Florida’s number one economic engine is a bad bet that jeopardizes more than 1.4 million jobs as well as Florida’s income tax free status.

Almost every state in the nation and every developed tourism destination in the entire world markets its tourism product. Yet the Florida House believes that the Sunshine State — the number one tourism destination in the world _ should stop. Instead, lawmakers in the House are poised to allow VISIT FLORIDA to disappear on October 1, 2019.

This is an irresponsible move. When it comes to return on investment, VISIT FLORIDA has routinely demonstrated the value of tourism marketing. Just last month, they announced Florida’s eighth consecutive record year for visitation with 126.1 million people traveling to Florida. Strong visitation numbers like these help to ensure hotels remain occupied, restaurants stay full, and most importantly, that our taxes are being paid with money from outside of the state through sales tax.

According to the Florida Chamber of Commerce, visitors to Florida contribute more than $12 billion in state and local tax revenue annually. And, every 76 visitors to Florida creates one new job.

Eliminating VISIT FLORIDA means Florida will lose business, market share and tax dollars to competing destinations. Look no further than Colorado, Texas and Pennsylvania to see how their states were impacted when tourism marketing investments were cut.

More importantly, decreases in visits to Florida will also mean lost jobs. Even a two percent drop in Florida’s visitor spending would cost the state 18,000 jobs, nearly $500 million in payroll associated with those jobs, and over $130 million in state and local tax revenue. In communities impacted by hurricanes, red tide and other natural disasters, it’s absolutely vital that VISIT FLORIDA help ensure the world knows that Florida is open for business.

If you’re among the 1.4 million Floridians whose job is inextricably linked to the tourism industry, you should be concerned. Now is not the time to gamble with Florida’s future.

Please contact your state representative and let them know that we can ensure Florida remains competitive by reauthorizing and fully funding VISIT FLORIDA.

— Harvey is president and chief operating officer of Ron Jon Surf Shop of Florida.

Florida Chamber Bottom Line: VISIT FLORIDA’s Dana Young Shares Tourism Update

 

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Florida Tourism Equals Dollars

In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber Bottom Line, we sat down with Dana Young, the newly appointed President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, to discuss Florida’s growing tourism and the positive economic effects of welcoming record-breaking numbers of visitors to the Sunshine State.

“What tourism means to Florida is dollars,” said Young. “For every dollar the state gives to VISIT FLORIDA we generate two dollars back to the state… that means we live in a state with no corporate income tax, that means that our cost of living is lower.”

 

Florida Breaks Tourism Record for Eighth Year

During the Florida Chamber’s 2019 Legislative Fly-In, Dana Young announced that Florida had once again broken a tourism record, with more than 126 million visitors coming to Florida in 2018. Help us continue breaking records and creating economic opportunity for Florida by signing our petition today.

Series on Free Enterprise: No Pit Stop in Sight for Daytona International Speedway’s Success

 

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Year after year Florida has set annual tourism records that help support over a million jobs in the Sunshine State. In our latest Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise we sat down with Chip Wile, President of Daytona International Speedway to discuss the positive economic impacts the Speedway has on Florida, as well as the busy weeks of racing still ahead.

“We’re a $1.6 billion economic driver annually to the state of Florida, which is an incredible number,” said Wile. “We are really proud to know that we have provided 18,000 permanent jobs to the state of Florida both directly and indirectly from the operation not only at the Speedway but through the International Speedway Corporation.”

Click below to listen to the full podcast.

 

 

Three Ways to Help Secure Florida’s Tourism Industry

  1. Sign the petition to help create economic opportunity for Florida.
  2. Register for the Florida Chamber’s annual Legislative Fly-In, where business leaders can get an overview of the upcoming 2019 Legislative Session.
  3. Check out the Florida Chamber Foundations Florida 2030 report which outlines key targets and strategies to help plan for Florida’s future, today.

The Future of Tennis is Being Developed at USTA’s National Campus in Lake Nona

 

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As much as the Florida Chamber is focused on securing Florida’s future, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is focused on making the U.S. a global leader in tennis.

We recently visited the new USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Fla., and saw a major sports operation that is developing the nation’s top tennis talent, engaging youth and using the latest science and technology to make sure U.S. players have every advantage needed to achieve greatness.

Leaving nothing to chance, the USTA brought in clay from Europe to create an exact replica of the clay courts professional athletes play on overseas. It’s this level of detail that is helping U.S. tennis professionals become more successful in the world’s largest tournaments.

During our tour, Virgil Christian, the USTA’s Senior Director of Market Development and Collegiate Tennis, touted the organization’s partnership with the University of Central Florida and shared that many of the nation’s top tennis professionals are relocating to Lake Nona to be closer to the training facilities that help improve their game. Additionally, many large tournaments are being held at the expansive Lake Nona facility, which helps boost the local economy via hotel room nights and more.

 

IBM was on-site filming a video, highlighting how technology is at the forefront of the USTA’s Player Development program. During our tour, we met with several USTA staff members who were using IBM technology and AI-powered solutions to analyze images, video and other data to help players take advantage of small details that are helping them contend for major championships.

Although many of the nation’s top tennis stars were practicing at the facility during our visit, several hundred kids attending one of the many tennis camps frequently held at the National Campus brought into focus the importance of engaging the next generation of tennis players. The USTA recently launched Net Generation, a bold new youth tennis brand designed to make the sport more accessible than ever before.

 

The USTA’s new National Campus in Lake Nona has created something special and has plans to do more in the near future. The Florida Chamber looks forward to continuing to support this great partner and applauds them for developing a world-class facility here in the Sunshine State.

To learn more, visit www.USTANationalCampus.com

Tourism is Key to Florida’s Competitiveness

In 2017, 116.5 million visitors came to Florida, an increase of 3.6 percent of visitors in 2016. If you believe Florida’s tourism industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today.

Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Featuring Kurt Kamperman, USTA

 

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In the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Series on Free Enterprise, Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) discusses the role tourism plays in helping to shape the Lake Nona area, as well as the important innovations USTA is taking to attract even more visitors to Florida.

“We would absolutely pick Florida again,” said Kamperman. “The collaborative business climate here in Orlando, the proximity to the airport, the weather, without a question Florida was the right choice and Orlando was the right choice.”

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Tourism is Key to Florida’s Competitiveness

In 2017, 116.5 million visitors came to Florida, an increase of 3.6 percent of visitors in 2016. If you believe Florida’s tourism industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today.

 

 

Gov. Scott: Florida’s Tourism Industry Booming, Achieves Highest Quarter Ever

On June 5, 2018, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida welcomed an all-time record 33.2 million visitors to the Sunshine State in the first quarter of 2018. This represents an increase of 7.4 percent over the same period in 2017 and is the largest quarter for visitation in Florida history.

Governor Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Florida set an all-time record by welcoming over 33 million visitors to our state during the first quarter of 2018. This historic tourism number represents a 7.4 percent increase over last year and demonstrates the momentum that our state has built. Since December 2010, Florida has created more than 1.5 million jobs, and a large part of this growth is because of the incredible success of our state’s tourism industry. I appreciate the team at VISIT FLORIDA and their help making these historic numbers possible.”

VISIT FLORIDA estimates that a record 29.1 million domestic visitors traveled to Florida in Q1 2018, an 8.5 percent increase in domestic visitors over the same period last year. Following efforts by VISIT FLORIDA and Governor Scott to better market Florida visitation in Canada, 1.4 million Canadians came to Florida in Q1 2018, an increase of 2.5 percent from Q1 2017, continuing Florida’s strong growth of 4 percent in calendar year 2017. Total enplanements at Florida’s 18 major airports in Q1 2018 increased 7.6 percent over the same period the previous year, with Orlando International Airport reporting the most enplaned passengers at nearly 6 million. Of total enplanements, 80.1 percent were domestic, up 1.4 million compared to Q1 of last year. The number of rooms sold and the hotel occupancy rate in Q1 2018 also grew by 3.3 percent and 1.9 percent respectively.

Ken Lawson, President and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA, said, “This record setting quarter of 33.2 million visitors to our state, the largest quarter in our state’s history, shows that VISIT FLORIDA is marketing our state like never before. With the help of our 12,000 industry partners, we saw a historic 7.4 percent increase over last year, which is fantastic news. We will continue developing more innovative and cutting-edge marketing programs to build on this success across the country and across the world. I am very proud of our team’s efforts as we continue to market Florida as the number one global destination.”

 

To view additional Florida visitor data, go the research page on VISIT FLORIDA’s media website.

Tourism is Key to Florida’s Competitiveness

Florida reached another record-breaking year for tourism, by welcoming more than 116 million visitors from other states and countries in 2017.

Tourism is key to Florida’s competitiveness. The truth is that visitors to Florida help “pay the bills” and help ensure Floridians don’t pay a personal income tax.

Florida’s tourism industry brings in more than $6 billion in state taxes, and more than $5 billion in local taxes which in turn helps fund schools, improve healthcare and support other government services.

During tough economic times, investments in tourism marketing helped lift Florida up while also creating jobs for families. In fact, for every 85 visitors to Florida, one job is created.

Interestingly, first time visitors become long-term residents after learning of Florida’s welcoming and competitive business climate, and no personal income tax. And tourism is helping diversify Florida’s economy by increasing our international exposure – or increasing international trade in services.

However, one of the greatest benefits of Florida’s competitive advantage in tourism is that jobs in the tourism and hospitality industry are among the biggest training grounds for the skills employers are looking for.

At a time when Florida’s job creators are increasingly concerned with workforce quality, these are the very skills that will move Florida forward and support the 398,000 people looking for jobs.

While some jobs created are entry-level positions, Florida must continue to create an entry point into the workforce. This is especially important for helping the 2.9 million Floridians in poverty, by providing our residents with work-based solutions. We must keep in mind that the economic benefits of helping people into the workforce includes the opportunity to gain skills and earn an income – reducing dependence on social programs.

Through on-the-job training, internships and apprenticeships, employees learn valuable skills that contribute to a quality workforce in the future. Florida’s tourism and hospitality industry takes on-the-job training to new levels, and according to the U.S. Travel Association, two out of five workers that start their careers in hospitality end up earning six figures.

There’s little doubt that those who have moved to Florida – more than 100,000 in just the last year from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut – were first exposed to Florida as tourists. Florida will see increasing amounts of new residents from these states and others because of the change in tax laws benefiting Florida’s families and businesses. Florida Chamber Foundation’s Chief Economist Dr. Jerry Parrish expects Florida’s population to expand by at least 400,000 residents during the next year. This means nearly 1,100 net new residents a day.

Florida’s tourism and hospitality industry are vital to Florida’s economy, and as Florida’s population continues to grow, so must our focus on making Florida the best place to live, work, and visit!

What Others Are Saying

  • Ken Lawson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA: “Florida is open for all tourists from all the states and all countries.”
  • Q&A with Jim Dean, President of SeaWorld, Orlando
  • Expedia: A Partner in Florida Tourism

Help Secure Florida’s Tourism Industry

Florida welcomed 116.5 million visitors from other states and other countries in 2017. As the third largest state in the nation, how does tourism impact Florida’s long-term future? When visitors come to Florida, they help create jobs and pay $6 billion in state taxes and $5.3 billion in local taxes. Sales and other taxes paid by visitors help keep Floridians from having to pay an income tax. In fact, visitors to Florida pay in taxes the equivalent of $1,535 per Florida household. Tourism in Florida not only helps create jobs, but also allows Floridians in those jobs to acquire employability skills.

If you believe Florida’s tourism industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today.

Expedia is a Partner in Florida Tourism

By: Amanda Pedigo, Vice President, Government & Public Affairs, Americas, Expedia Group

As the summer vacation season begins, more tourists will be scouring “.com” websites to find the best lodging options for their family’s budgets. Some will opt for a traditional hotel experience and others will seek a home-like accommodation with room for the whole family. Both options, including the latter whole-home vacation rental, are critical to Florida’s thriving tourism economy.

Expedia Group, along with our family of travel brands like Expedia.com, HomeAway, VRBO, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Orbitz, and others have been and continue to be a strong partner in Florida tourism. Expedia Group platforms have made it easier than ever for consumers to compare and book travel, so it’s no surprise that thousands of travelers from all over the world come to Florida via advertising on one of the Expedia travel platforms. In just the first quarter of 2018, Expedia will see gross bookings of 322 million room nights around the world, resulting in $92 billion in gross bookings.

Expedia Group has been a longtime partner with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and we take immense pride in our positive engagement with fellow Florida Chamber partners. Expedia has a home here in Florida and has supported economic growth related to tourism and advocated for less burdensome regulation on travel and tourism across the state. Additionally, Expedia has been a strong advocate of private property rights, supporting Florida homeowners who choose to rent out their homes on a short-term basis to accommodate the growing interest in visiting the Sunshine State.

Prior to 2011, vacation rentals had been targeted by local governments considering either prohibiting or heavily regulating them. In response, and considering the economic benefits of these rentals, the Florida Legislature passed policy which prohibited local governments from passing outright bans on short-term rentals. The legislation required local governments to regulate the disruptive behavior rather than the use of the property. In 2014, the law was amended to allow local governments to again regulate the use of private property as a short-term rental but not limit the frequency or duration of the activity. As a result, in recent years, there has been an onslaught of local government activity regulating short-term “vacation” rentals.

In the legislative back-and-forth, Expedia has consistently demonstrated its commitment to working with state and local officials to craft short-term rental policies that create reasonable regulations and an enforceable system. The Florida Chamber shares Expedia’s view that there are common sense regulations that ensure communities and local governments continue to benefit, and that a ban or severely limited regulations would harm Florida’s residents and our economy.

The Sunshine State has long relied on tourism as an economic driver. For example, in 2016, Florida welcomed 112.8 million visitors who spent $109 billion and supported a record 1.4 million Florida jobs. Homeowners are part of this equation and should be allowed to contribute to Florida’s record tourism revenues by offering their home as a vacation rental.

Expedia’s commitment to promoting Florida tourism will continue to protect the ability of a traveler to choose how they want to experience our state and to protect the ability for a Florida homeowner to exercise their private property rights and keep Florida open for business.

 

Did You Know Florida Had Another Year of Record Breaking Tourism?

According to tourism numbers, Florida welcomed 116.5 million visitors from other states and other countries in 2017. If you believe Florida’s tourism industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today.

Q&A with Jim Dean, President, SeaWorld, Orlando

SeaWorld, a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce since 1975, has been inspiring and educating guests to take care of the world around them since their founding in 1964. Today, with more than 50 years of experience under their belt and three parks nationwide, SeaWorld is ready to reinforce their commitment to environmental conservation and…fun.

Recently we sat down with Jim Dean, President of SeaWorld, Orlando to discuss the importance of the tourism industry to Florida’s economy, as well as the new and exciting innovations that are transforming this unique park into a leader for environmental change.

 

Q1: Florida and its connection to the environment are very important. Along those lines, SeaWorld recently announced its “Park to Planet” mission. Tell us more about this new effort.

Park to Planet is the idea that you can “See it here. Save it there”. We want every guest to know that when you visit SeaWorld, you’re supporting conservation efforts for wild animals and habitats across the globe. You’re also supporting SeaWorld’s world-renowned animal rescue program, which to date has come to the aid of more than 31,000 ill, injured and orphaned animals to give them a second chance at life. Simply put, we’re on a mission, and it’s big. But together it’s not impossible. Together we’re going to protect marine life and the oceans they call home. With partners like Coca-Cola and the Everglades Foundation, we’re able to not only educate our guests on these important environmental issues, while they have a fun and exciting time, but we’re also able to make a real impact in conserving these natural resources.

Q2: The summer tourism season is about to kick off in Florida. SeaWorld has unveiled several new rides, attractions and events and is set to open more in the near future. What’s been your focus as you look for new and innovative ways to provide exciting experiences for your guests?

We’ve got a lot for our guests to be excited about. Our focus is on providing meaningful experiences that inspire our guests to learn about and protect wild animals and the places they live. We also want to provide experiences that bring families together for fun in positive, meaningful and exciting ways. To that end, we’ve introduced some new, and returning, events and attractions this year. Ray Rush just opened at Aquatica Orlando – this promises to be an amazing water adventure that will combine three unique slide elements, never before seen at Aquatica, into one action-packed attraction the entire family can enjoy together. At nearly 60 feet tall, Ray Rush is where family and friends can take on three exciting thrills as they slide, splash and soar like never before.

Additionally, this summer we’ll open Infinity Falls at SeaWorld Orlando. Infinity Falls will take guests on an adventure through a lush rainforest environment inspired by some of the world’s most incredible freshwater ecosystems. The new attraction will feature the world’s tallest drop on a river raft ride and allow visitors to experience the feel of exhilarating rapids. The ride will also feature an innovative elevator lift designed to transport the rafts to the top of the ride’s 40-foot drop before plunging into churning whitewater.

For more information on the exciting attractions and entertainment options for guests this summer, feel free to visit www.Seaworld.com/Orlando

Q3: Animal protection and conservation is at the core of what SeaWorld does. Tell us about some of the conservation partnerships and initiatives SeaWorld has launched here in Florida.

For more than 50 years, animal rescue and rehabilitation has been the heart of SeaWorld. From habitat protection and supporting ocean health initiatives to our many rescue and rehabilitation efforts SeaWorld is part of conservation projects across the globe. SeaWorld supports worldwide conservation initiatives through funding, expertise, onsite support, education, and more.

One exciting partnership is with renowned artist and conservationist Guy Harvey. He is actively working with SeaWorld to help raise awareness on protecting sharks and their natural habitats. Another recent partnership is with shark tagging experts OCEARCH. SeaWorld and OCEARCH are brands focused on the global conservation of marine animals and the world’s oceans. We’re both purpose-driven organizations; we love the ocean and want to ensure an abundant resource for future generations. Together, we will focus on bringing everyday people closer to the water by sharing real-time data, content, and park experiences.

We’re also excited to announce that we just renewed our partnership with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation on important initiatives, like the Killer whale Research and Conservation Program, which works to protect and sustain the endangered Southern Resident killer whale. This is part of SeaWorld’s $10 million pledge to fund conservation efforts for wild killer whales. And there’s so much more. Through the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund alone, we have supported more than 1,200 conservation projects on all 7 continents. Animal conservation is at the heart of who we are, and we want to share that passion with each and every guest so they are inspired to join us in our mission.

 

Did You Know Florida Had Another Year of Record Breaking Tourism?

According to tourism numbers, Florida welcomed 116.5 million visitors from other states and other countries in 2017. If you believe Florida’s tourism industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today.

 

Ken Lawson on the Importance of Tourism Industry

 

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“Florida is open for all tourists from all the states and all countries”

According to research from TheFloridaScorecard.org, in 2017 Florida welcomed 116.5 million visitors who spent $111.7 billion in our stated. We caught up with Ken Lawson, President & CEO of VISIT FLORIDA who shared his thoughts on the importance of tourism to Florida’s economy.

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“People depend on tourism for their jobs, that creates more opportunities… Tourism ensures that our state is competing against other states and countries for those dollars that drive our economy.”

Ken Lawson, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA

Record 116.5 Million Visitors to Florida in 2017

 

Did you know that according to new numbers released today, Florida has reached another record-breaking year for Florida tourism? In 2017, 116.5 million visitors came to Florida, an increase of 3.6 percent of visitors in 2016, according to recently released numbers by VISIT FLORIDA.

When visitors come to Florida, they help create jobs and contribute billions of dollars in state and local taxes. In fact, every 85 visitors supports one job in Florida. Visitors to Florida also create jobs for the tourism and hospitality industry and leave Florida having paid more than $11 billion in state and local taxes.

Tourism is Key to Florida’s Competitiveness

How will the future of work impact this industry? What skills are businesses looking for in their workforce to allow them to continue to create jobs and economic opportunity? Join the conversation at the 2018 Learners to Earners Workforce Summit, where business leaders from around the state will discuss the future of work, skills and what Florida needs to get right for 2030 and beyond.

Infrastructure and Tourism Funding Key to Florida’s Competitiveness

 

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Representative Clay Ingram (R-Pensacola) discusses how infrastructure and tourism investments effect Florida’s economic development, on the latest edition of the Florida Chamber’s Bottom Line public affairs program.

With the third year of funding for the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) five-year plan underway, Representative Ingram believes the FDOT and its many projects are running smoothly.

“The plan as of now, at least from the House, is to fund that work program at the full level once again. The FDOT does such a wonderful job. They do a very good job of making sure projects are run well and run on time,” Representative Ingram said.

And when it comes to renewing VISIT FLORIDA’s $76 million budget, Representative Ingram believes it’s a program that benefits Florida.

“We had a report come out and it showed the return on investment that VISIT FLORIDA brings back to the state. Obviously, it is one of the highest returns on investment of any of the economic development programs that we fund,” Representative Ingram said.

                                      

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