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Miss Sarasota’s best beaches? Slide them into your Zoom background.

Idyllic backgrounds can still color your video conferences.                 You can’t visit Siesta Key Beach right now, but co-workers in your Zoom meeting don’t need to know that. A global pandemic has shut down Southwest Florida’s beaches. But it has dramatically increased use of video conferencing as Floridians work from home. So […]

Florida’s February jobless rate is already a distant memory

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s jobless rate in February was 2.8 percent, but that doesn’t reflect a coronavirus-fueled spike in claims that has overwhelmed the state unemployment-compensation system during the past two weeks. The Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday posted the February unemployment rate, which was unchanged from January. But that was based on information from […]

Survey finds 99% of Florida lodging businesses are suffering

One in three report having to lay people off due to coronavirus crisis. A full 99% of Florida’s lodging businesses are seeing bookings drop because of the coronavirus crisis, according to a new survey commissioned by the Florida’s destination marketing advocacy group Destinations Florida. The survey, conducted of 995 businesses in 37 Florida counties, finds […]

New Study Shows How Coronavirus Crisis has Devastated Florida’s Tourism Industry

The coronavirus crisis has devastated Florida’s tourism industry, a new study shows. On Friday, Destinations Florida, which defines itself as the “unifying voice representing Florida’s destination marketing organizations and strives to increase the effectiveness of local tourism promotion organizations’ efforts,” released some of its findings from a study looking at how coronavirus has hit the Sunshine […]

New Study by Destinations Florida Tracks COVID-19 Impacts on Florida’s Tourism Industry

STUDY OUTLINED SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATES, REVENUE LOSSES AND EMPLOYEE LAYOFFS LISTEN TO REPLAY: The Brevard County Tourism Development Council conducted via telephone the monthly meeting of the volunteer advisory board, which provides direction to the Space Coast Office of Tourism county staff on how to manage the annual tourism tax proceeds and market […]

Mr. Speaker, COVID-19 should end the war on VISIT FLORIDA

It’s time to quit kicking the VISIT FLORIDA can down the road. For the last couple of years, the state’s tourism marketing arm has faced an uncertain future as lawmakers have debated whether it should even exist. We have all watched the war rage on, with Speaker José Oliva leading the effort to end the agency. So far, Oliva […]

Senate declares August as “Amblyopia Awareness Month”

On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution declaring August as “Amblyopia Awareness Month.” Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as “lazy eye,” is the most common cause of permanent vision loss in children. It is caused by a number of eye disorders but it is preventable if caught and treated early, so the Florida Society of […]

Destinations Florida urges lawmakers spare VISIT FLORIDA in Valentine’s Day card

Canning tourism marketing didn’t work so well in Colorado and Washington Destinations Florida, coalition of tourism marketing organizations, is hoping to convince lawmakers to keep VISIT FLORIDA around with a round of not-so-warm-and-fuzzy Valentine’s Day cards. The cards warn lawmakers of what’s at stake if VISIT FLORIDA is allowed to sunset on July 1 — […]