Published on : Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Recently at a rally in the Capitol, Gov. Rick Scott along with other tourism-industry officials influenced and pressurized the lawmakers to keep the funding of Visit Florida fixed at $76 million in the midst of a push by House Republican leaders to inflict oversight and transparency measures on the state tourism marketing group in the coming years.
To quote the governor, ‘’ Go talk to your House member and go talk to your Senate member. We cannot stop at 113 million tourists. We need 120 million tourists, 125 million tourists. Guess what happens? They come down here, they pay our taxes.’’
All through the rally, he shouted ‘’save our jobs’’ along with boisterous laughter applauding Scott and Ken Lawson, suggesting the need to keep tourism-marketing spending fixed at $76 million. However, job becomes the major concern for Scott.
To quote Scott, ‘’ we have entry-level jobs and we’ve got general managers — all sorts of jobs in tourism. We need to remain the tourist capital of the world — 1.4 million people in this state have a job because we market our state.’’
Matt Tuchman, marketing and sales manager said that majority of his employees are dependent on VisitFlorida in order to increase the marketing budget and expanding their business to potential customers and visitors.
To quote Tuchman, ‘’ our success right now could not be done without Visit Florida’s support. Our budget is small. We are a small business.’’
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