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St. Johns County's State of the Tourism Industry event shows tourism works

When the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau kicked off the 8th State of the Tourism Industry summit May 17, it presented proof positive that tourism works in St. Johns County. More than 200 people turned out for the annual event. Richard Goldman, President and CEO of the Visitors and Convention Bureau, reported that record numbers of tourists are visiting Florida's Historic Coast.



First quarter of 2017 sets Florida visitation record

Governor Rick Scott announced today that Florida set another record by welcoming the highest number of quarterly visitors in the state's history with 31.1 million visitors in the first quarter of 2017. This represents a 2.5 percent increase over the same period in 2016. Even though Florida's tourism industry is booming, the Florida Legislature cut VISIT FLORIDA's budget by 67 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.



Expedia announces agreement to acquire majority of SilverRail

Expedia, Inc., (NASDAQ: EXPE), the world's largest online travel company, and SilverRail Technologies, Inc., the world's first unified platform for global rail distribution, yesterday announced entry into a definitive agreement in which Expedia® will acquire a majority stake in SilverRail. The transaction is anticipated to close in the middle of 2017 pending satisfaction of closing conditions.



Norwegian Cruise Line reveals great entertainment line-up on Norwegian Bliss

Norwegian Cruise Line revealed that its award-winning entertainment programming will reach new heights on Norwegian Bliss, which will sail to Alaska and the Caribbean beginning in June 2018. Norwegian Bliss to feature Tony Award®-winning musical Jersey Boys along with an original Broadway-style musical, reimagined comedy club and more.



D.C.’s famed matchbox american kitchen + spirit is now open at Sawgrass Mills

matchbox american kitchen + spirit has officially opened its first-in-Florida location at Sawgrass Mills. D.C.’s favorite restaurant made its debut with a two-day dining preview to benefit Feeding South Florida and a packed VIP grand opening party. Restaurant donates $5,000 to Feeding South Florida as a result of its pre-opening dining previews.



U.S. travel and tourism exports total $21 billion in February

The National Travel and Tourism Office today announced that international visitors spent $21.1 billion in January and $21.0 billion in February on travel to, and tourism-related activities within, the United States setting a new record for U.S. travel and tourism exports. International visitors spend more in January and February than ever before.