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2016 Florida tourism industry awards announced

During the annual Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, held September 7-9 at the Hilton Orlando, VISIT FLORIDA announced the 2016 Hall of Fame Honorees, as well as the Flagler Awards, Iris D. Larson Awards and the Film Florida Legend Award.  Each year, leaders in Florida tourism are chosen by a selection committee to receive these prestigious honors and awards.



United Airlines expands its leadership team and names Scott Kirby as president

The same day American Airlines announced the appointment of Robert Isom as the airline´s new president replacing Scott Kirby, United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) revealed its own move, saying that Scott Kirby was named president of United Airlines. The move is surprising, as senior executives of major U.S. airlines rarely go from one airline directly to another.



American Airlines Group names Robert Isom as president

American Airlines Group Inc. (Nasdaq:AAL) today announced that Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom will become president, effective immediately. In his new role, Isom, 52, will report to Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, 54. “Robert is a world-class executive, and extremely well-qualified to assume the role of president,” said Chairman and CEO Doug Parker. Isom succeeds J. Scott Kirby.



Don´t miss one of the best beer events in the US

Toast to the end of summer at the seventh annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival in sunny Galveston Island, Texas. Named as USA Today’s “Best Destination Event” and ranked as the “Best International Event” by Thrillist, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is an immersive multi-day event over Labor Day weekend that lets visitors tap into the world of craft beer on island time.



Florida hits all-time record high for tourism

Governor Rick Scott announced Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors of any six months in the state’s history with 57.4 million visitors.  This record amount represents a 4.3 percent increase over the year.  In the second quarter of 2016, 27.3 million visitors came to the state, an increase of 3.1 percent over the year.



Spirit Airlines announces new executive appointments

Spirit Airlines, ultra-low-cost airline headquartered in Miramar, Florida, has named two new executives to its leadership team. Matt Klein joins Spirit as the Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer effective August 11, 2016 and Rocky Wiggins joins as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer effective September 26, 2016.