Airports offer VISIT FLORIDA lift in support

Florida’s airports wants to keep VISIT FLORIDA as a co-pilot for marketing Florida as a destination.

Lisa Waters, president and CEO for the Florida Airports Council, said the Legislature should fully fund the agency.

She penned a letter to Senate President Bill Galvano thanking the chamber for “continued strong support” of VISIT FLORIDA. In another letter to Speaker of the House Jose Oliva, she asks the House follow suit.

The Capitolist first reported on the letters.

“Florida’s more than 120 airports recognize that our state’s economy is flourishing, thanks in no small part to our innumerable assets as a tourism destination,” Waters wrote to Oliva.

“But the memories of the recent recession are still fresh, and we recognize that tourism is a fragile industry. We therefore need to do everything possible to support this vital economic engine, which supports some 1.4 million jobs in our State.”

The House right now plans to fund VISIT FLORIDA only until Oct. 1 with about $19 million, then expects the agency to sunset. The Senate, meanwhile, has budgeted $50 million.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ budget called for the agency to receive $76 million.

Neither chamber right now plans to meet that

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