Today, (Feb. 14) we made the exciting announcement that Florida has experienced another record year for tourism. According to preliminary estimates released by VISIT FLORIDA, nearly 95 million visitors came to Florida in 2013. This exceeds the previous high of 91.5 million in 2012. The number of direct travel-related jobs was also a record high, with 1,088,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry in 2013.
More visitors to the Sunshine State means more jobs for Florida families. In fact, every 85 visitors to Florida equals one job in our state. That is why our ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget’ recommenders record investments for VISIT FLORIDA to ensure we continue to attract even more visitors and grow more Florida jobs.
Florida state employees are working hard for Florida families.
I would like recognize Caroline Bartha from Broward County and Loretta Slaven, of the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), for being the first two FDOH employees to complete the Public Health Financial Management certification program. This newly created certification program will equip Caroline and Loretta with the knowledge and skills to more effectively serve Florida families.
I would also like to congratulate Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Jeremy Fillie for being recognized by U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida for his recent fraud case work. Special Agent Fillie’s diligence and dedication plays a large role in protecting the financial security of Floridians and those who do business in the Sunshine State.
Thank you for all your great work for Florida families and have a great weekend!
Gov Rick Scott