VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, serves as Florida's official source for travel planning to visitors across the globe. VISIT FLORIDA is not a government agency, but rather a not-for-profit corporation created as a public/private partnership by the Florida Legislature in 1996.
As the Sunshine State's No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 106.6 million visitors in 2015 who spent $89.1 billion and employing 1.2 million Floridians. According to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, for every $1 the state invests in VISIT FLORIDA, $3.20 in tax revenue is generated.
Each year, the Florida Legislature appropriates public funding to be allocated for tourism marketing. VISIT FLORIDA is required to match those public funds dollar-for-dollar, which is done by actively recruiting the state's tourism industry to invest as Partners through cooperative advertising campaigns, promotional programs and many other pay-to-play ventures. Through this public/private partnership, VISIT FLORIDA serves more than 12,000 tourism industry businesses, including major strategic alliance partnerships with Busch Gardens Tampa, Disney Destinations, The Hertz Corporation, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, Simon Shopping Destinations and Universal Orlando Resort.
VISIT FLORIDA facilitates tourism industry participation in domestic and international travel trade and consumer shows, as well as media missions to the top global visitor markets. VISIT FLORIDA also works closely with travel agents, tour operators, meeting and event planners, and is responsible for operating Florida's five Official Welcome Centers.
VISIT FLORIDA has 136 full- and part-time positions in Florida and an international team of contracted staff covering Canada, China, India, Germany, Latin America and the United Kingdom. VISIT FLORIDA's corporate office is located at 2540 W. Executive Center Circle, Suite 200, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. The office can be reached at (850) 488-5607.
To order an Official Florida Vacation Guide and other planning materials, please click here. If you have specific questions regarding your Florida vacation, contact Jack Forsythe. To speak to a VISIT FLORIDA representative about specific questions regarding Florida tourism, you may call 850-488-5607 or toll-free 866-972-5280.
If you are a journalist seeking media information, please go to VISITFLORIDA.com/media.
Information on linking with VISIT FLORIDA, including our linking policy, can be found by clicking here.
If you are in the Florida tourism industry, please go to VISIT FLORIDA.org. To find out about becoming a VISIT FLORIDA Partner and having your business listed on this web site, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org