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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.



MIA celebrates inaugural Miami-Reykjavik flight by WOW air

On April 6, Miami International Airport (MIA) and WOW air celebrated the launch of first-ever Miami-Reykjavík passenger service by the low-cost transatlantic airline, which also made Miami its sixth U.S. destination and first in the southeast U.S. Additionally, the route launch marked MIA’s fourth Nordic destination, 23rd European route, and ninth low-cost carrier.



Brand USA unveils vibrant consumer website

Brand USA has launched an exciting new and revitalized website,, welcoming prospective international visitors to explore the endless travel opportunities in the USA. With social media serving as a key force in travel planning, Brand USA has designed as a consumer website to include a social-first approach.



HSMAI honors innovation at its 60th Annual Adrian Awards

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) presented the 60th Annual Adrian Awards on February 21, 2017 at the New York Marriott Marquis, recognizing excellence in travel advertising, digital marketing and public relations, and the leaders behind the work. “It’s always wonderful to be able to celebrate the innovators of our industry,” said Robert A. Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI.