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Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Travel professionals, majorly from the Latin America and the Caribbean will participate in a travel industry networking conference at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club. This is the first time the conference, which has always taken place in Florida, will be held on the Gulf Coast, said Rick Still, the managing director and founder of La Cita.
Travel industry suppliers, operators, buyers and marketers will attend this three-day conference to meet and make the best deals. Visit Florida and Visit St. Pete-Clearwater are supporting the conference, Still said, which has helped draw the largest delegation of tour operators in the conference’s history.
One of the most growing sectors for Florida’s tourism industry are the Latin American travellers. While Canada is still the top international market for tourism in Florida, Brazil was Florida’s No. 3 largest international market, followed by Argentina at No. 4, Colombia at No. 5 and Venezuela at No. 8, according to 2016 data from Visit Florida. Interestingly, the Latin American travellers are also one of the biggest vacation spenders.
In 2013, Copa Airlines announced it would begin offering nonstop service four times a week to Panama from Tampa International Airport, which opened up Tampa Bay as a gateway to Latin American countries for the first time.