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Florida’s tourism industry applauds Governor Ron DeSantis’ budget recommendations for VISIT FLORIDA

The tourism industry in Florida is working tirelessly to get back on track after the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. A $50 million budget for VISIT FLORIDA recommended by Governor DeSantis for this year has been received with cheers in the state that heavily depends on tourism and needs to continue its marketing efforts to attract visitors.



Negative COVID-19 test required for travel to the United States beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning  January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies to both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. Updated information.



Eastern began flights Miami-Asuncion

On January 5, Eastern Airlines began two weekly nonstop passenger flights between Asuncion and Miami International Airport, adding new direct service to Paraguay’s capital city of half a million people.  In addition to the two weekly Asuncion flights, Eastern currently operates charter flights four times a week to Guayaquil (Ecuador), twice weekly to Montevideo (Uruguay) and once weekly to Guatemala City (Guatemala). Eastern was one of the first airlines to resume service at MIA with repatriation flights during the pandemic.



Wyndham Destinations acquires Travel + Leisure

Wyndham Destinations has acquired the Travel + Leisure brand and all related assets from Meredith Corporation, combining the travel company’s portfolio of resort, membership, and lifestyle travel brands with the world’s most trusted travel lifestyle content curator and its travel clubs. This acquisition will accelerate Wyndham Destinations’ strategic plan to build on its leading position as the world’s largest vacation club and exchange company.



Visit Orlando hires new President and CEO

Visit Orlando, which represents 1,200 member companies comprising every segment of Central Florida’s tourism community, announced yesterday the hiring of new President and CEO Casandra Matej to lead the destination marketing organization of one of the most visited destinations in the country, also known as "the theme park capital of the world”. Matej, who assumes her new position on Feb.1, in the last 10 years has been serving as president and CEO of Visit San Antonio.



American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launch transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® have launched an optional coronavirus (COVID-19) medical-based testing trial on select flights from cities in the United States to London Heathrow (LHR), in a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate how COVID-19 testing can reopen international travel and remove the need for passengers to quarantine on arrival.