Governor Rick Scott believes the numbers prove "Visit Florida" works, and the increase in visitors is also reflected here in Palm Beach County.
Our Florida legislature is being very short-sighted.
"In business, you would never stop marketing when you start to see great results", Scott said in a prepared statement. People from other USA states accounted for 27 million of Florida's visitors during the first three months of this year. Even though Florida's tourism industry is booming, the Florida Legislature cut VISIT FLORIDA's budget by 67 percent for the upcoming fiscal year, putting Florida's incredible growth and the many families and businesses that rely on the tourism industry at risk. "When [other destinations] see a wounded animal on the side of the road, which is what we're going to be, they're going to continue to ride and grab the money and find places to market".
Asked if Scott should veto the budget's item regarding Visit Florida, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau president William D. Talbert, III, said "absolutely".
"I am proud to announce today that Florida set another record by welcoming 31.1 million visitors during the first quarter of 2017, the highest number of quarterly visitors in the state's history", said Scott.
Florida Senator Jack Latvala, R-Pinellas, said at the event Monday that he "wasn't happy" with the legislature's decision to cut Visit Florida funds.
Overseas tourism dropped for the third quarter in a row. "It's not like we're convincing people to come to some remote corner where nobody goes".
She earned her bachelor's degree from Tulane University and her master's and doctorate degrees from the Florida State University College of Education.
A record number of tourists are coming to Florida.
"B follows A in the alphabet, but that does not mean A caused B to happen", he said. People may cease to engage in staycations and take a vacation to Florida. "So we've got to play to those to get more jobs".
"Despite these challenges, we have also had great success this year, and she has worked every day to make sure Florida remains the top place for families to succeed and live their dreams", he said.
Tourism is one of the county's largest industries, contributing more than $7 billion to the local economy.
Pennington-Gray added: "If there is significant impact to arrivals, then it's going to hit all of us".
McDougal, 54, began her public service with the State of Florida in 1989 and served in each role as an at-will state employee.