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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.



Avianca named the Best Airline in Latin America

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced today the winners of its first annual Travelers' Choice® awards for airlines, recognizing travelers' favorite carriers around the globe. Avianca was named the Best Airline in Latin America in 2017. User reviews for Avianca highlight different aspects of their flight experience, such as the comfort level of aircraft, in-flight entertainment and the price/quality relation.