Florida's economy might not exactly be fully recovered, but one of our main industries broke a record last year. Tourists spent a combined $71.8 billion in Florida in 2012. That's an all-time record, and a 6.8 percent increase from 2011, which was also a record year.
2011 was a banner year for tourism in Miami-Dade as records were set not only for the number of tourists who stayed overnight in the county, but also for how much money they left behind. According to numbers released today by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau 13.4 million tourists sta ... More >>
Yeah, yeah, we all know the Fox News Channel is hardly an accurate or impartial news source and is practically an official wing of the Republican Party (or is the GOP a wing of Fox News? Who knows anymore), but rarely is one of their employees so blatant about it as Dick Morris. The former Clinto ... More >>
Food Tours of MiamiEnjoying a toast at Food Tours of MiamiStephen Rosenthal is a social worker by trade, but his true passion is food, drink, and stories. So, about a year ago, he started Food Tours of Miami, which conducts walking tours for foodies.The food tour business seems to be thriving in ... More >>
To hear the story repeated from fine bastions of journalism like the New York Times, NPR, and CNN, you'd be lead to believe that the chimpanzee who played Cheetah, Tarzan's ape companion in the famed 1930s movie series, recently died in an animal sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida. Don't believe e ... More >>
TEA in Space's logo.Have you ever listened to Tim McGraw... in zero gravity?
The Tea Party -- those jolly maniacs who use this communist, liberal, Rosie O'Donnell-edited rag to line their iguana solariums -- has already conquered 'Merica. Evidence: You recognize the name Todd Palin.
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We might equate tequila with lime chasers, tropical cocktails, and a hazy night or two. But to Francisco Gonzalez, president of the National Chamber of the Tequila Industry, it means a taste of Mexico, even when he's far away from home.Home for Gonzalez is Los Altos, the highlands of Jalisco, a stat ... More >>
James Cooper and James Kouzaris were found dead in a public housing project near Sarasota.Residents of "Knifecrime Island" might become increasingly wary of traveling to the "Gunshine State." The brutal murder of two British tourists in Sarasota has shocked the United Kingdom, and now the country ... More >>
Duane Hanson's Tourists II12.6 million paid an overnight visit to Miami-Dade in 2010, and according to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau that is an all time record.Yep, despite a still downtrodden economy, the local tourism industry is apparently thriving.
We're not big fans of having to drive to venues. Quite frankly, looking and paying for parking downtown, the Design District, or anywhere in Miami, really, is a big pain in the ass. So when we heard about the Rock the Bus Tour happening every Thursday during Miami Live Music month, we became gidd ... More >>
Tourism officials in both New York City and Miami announced today a joint promotion to encourage travel between the two cities. In conjunction with American Airlines, flights during certain dates this winter will cost only $79 each way. That's a decent, if not exactly unbelievable deal, but we ca ... More >>
Bill TalbertEven if experts warn that oil could already be off the coast of Miami and a University of Central Florida study estimates that the Gulf disaster could end up costing Florida $11 billion in lost tourism spending and 200,000 jobs, Bill Talbert, president of the Greater Miami Convention ... More >>
"The gringos can't help but spend their money. They are the easiest tourists to sell to. They never ask for discounts," Daniel Garcia, a used book seller who hawks his inventory to tourists on the streets of Old Havana, tells Bloomberg news. He's not the only person in Cuba hoping that a potentia ... More >>
Tourists complain Miamians are rude. Locals complain tourists are dumb. So it goes. We'll readily admit to being rude at times, but it's time for tourists to admit they're a bit clueless. William Hageman recently rounded up the dumbest questions tourism professionals have ever been asked. Obviously, ... More >>
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Yesterday, Lee Klein called Miami Spice annoying. Today, we're giving the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau an opportunity to respond. I asked Rolando Aedo, Senior VP of marketing and tourism what makes Miami Spice special if it happens every season. ... More >>
We've learned so much more since we posted the trailer for Dostana, the first Bollywood feature to be shot entirely in Miami: It's faux-homosexual content makes it something of a revolution for Indian culture (it is their Brokeback Mountain, kinda), it's on track to being a blockbuster, and appare ... More >>