Florida Tourism Industry mourns passing away of Thom Stork

Published on : Thursday, January 5, 2017

florida-tourism-industryThe passing away of Thom Stork was mourned by the Florida Tourism Industry. Stork played a major role in the development of regional and state tourism and even served as part of the team that led to the formation of VISIT FLORIDA. He served as VISIT FLORIDA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2005-2006, was a member of the Florida Council of Tourism Leaders and continued to be a current member of VISIT FLORIDA’s Audit Committee before his death.

Thom held major marketing and leadership roles with Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando and The Florida Aquarium throughout his wonderful 40-year career and was pivotal force behind shaping the future of Florida tourism. He contributed a lot to Florida ecology and conservation. His passion for tourism extended to his leadership roles at the state level where he engaged with legislators on the critical importance of the tourism sector and worked for revamping tourism in the wake of the 9/11 disaster and the recent Gulf oil spill.


Thom was an powerful force in the development of tourism marketing in the Sunshine State and a staunch advocate for the importance of selling the entire Florida destination. His tireless efforts have resulted in attracting major events in the Tampa Bay area and allowing visitors enjoy a trouble-free travel experience.


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