Tourism News

Conexión October

Here’s the Conexión Florida article for October. There have been changes in tourism here along the Northern Gulf Coast. They are subtle, but you may have noticed them all the same. Those changes are going to continue, too. First of all, remember Snow Birds? They come from the northern states of the USA and Canada, … Continue reading Conexión October

Conexión September

Here’s the Conexión Florida article for September. One of the great things about being in the Tourism Industry is that you work with people who like to travel. So much so, that they often move to take up new jobs, frequently in other parts of the world. As a result—providing you keep in touch—you’ll find … Continue reading Conexión September

Conexión Florida – August

Here’s the Conexión Florida article for August: I’m not only hooked on traveling, I’m hooked on watching travel programs on television. I’m not talking about the shows that are trying to get you to book a vacation with the sponsor, but the real behind the scenes, genuine and authentic versions. There’s been a great series … Continue reading Conexión Florida – August

Conexión Florida – July

Here’s the Conexión Florida ‘Let’s Talk about Tourism’ article for July… About 20 years ago, it was predicted that workplace automation, the rise of the internet, and the ability to work from nearly anywhere would lead to a massive increase in leisure time. And as a result, we would see an increase in tourism worldwide. … Continue reading Conexión Florida – July

Conexión Florida – May

Here’s the Conexión Florida ‘Tourism in the Gulf’ article for May. Why do you go on vacation? Certainly, it is to rest and recharge your batteries. According to a multi-lingual friend of mine a phrase like “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is used in many different cultures, so getting away … Continue reading Conexión Florida – May

Conexión Florida April 2018

Here’s our Conexión Florida Tourism column for April.

Last month we discussed how tourism developed and how it contributes to local economies. Over the past few weeks there have been some developments to tourism here on the Northern Gulf Coast that I thought you’d find interesting.

Tourist Development Tax (TDT), commonly known as Bed Tax, was set up to be paid only by tourists and to fund the promotion of tourism in the areas where it’s collected. Now, you may think that that just means it can only be spent on advertising a destination, but that’s far from the case. Bed tax, certainly in Florida, can be used for a whole range of projects. This ranges from providing life guards on beaches, creating museums, running convention centers, developing artificial reefs, building beach access, repairing beaches where weather or tides have caused erosion, through, of course, marketing a destination.

As TDT can generate substantial amounts of revenue, it has attracted the attention of some legislators who would like to use it for non-tourist related uses, for example paving roads in non-tourist areas for example. Consequently, proposals have been put forward in the Florida Legislature to change the rules.

Read the rest of the column HERE

Conspiracy theory?

I received a comment recently from a visitor who was asking if there was a ‘coalition of local Hotel/Motels that controlled prices during the summer season’.  The gentleman thought that as rates were as low as $120 in the winter season and as high as $600 in the summer it must be a plot to … Continue reading Conspiracy theory?

Conexión Florida March 2018

Here’s our Conexión Florida article for March. Don’t you just love tourists? Well, we probably should as not only do they provide income directly for many of us here along the northern Gulf Coast, but also contribute a huge amount in taxes to our areas. More than that, whenever we travel to a new area … Continue reading Conexión Florida March 2018