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Jacksonville Jaguars

If you’re looking for a tourist attraction to take visiting family or friends to this holiday season, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a suggestion: EverBank Field.


Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

Gov. Rick Scott would like to see storm-battered Key West “open for business” within two weeks, but tourism officials marketing the southern end of U.S. 1 indicate it could take longer.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Amelia Island has broken another tourism record. According to its Tourist Development Council, more people than ever stayed in hotels there this June.


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Florida continues to see record numbers of visitors while the state's tourism-marketing agency has been forced to reinvent its approach after months of legislative turmoil.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT Public Broadcasting

In observance of National Travel and Tourism Week, Northeast Florida officials are celebrating the tourism industry as an economic engine.

John Burr

As diplomatic relations improve between Cuba and the U.S., more and more people are traveling to the island nation.  Among them is WJCT business analyst John Burr, who traveled there recently with a group from his church. 


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Ryan Benk / WJCT News

A hurricane that hit North Florida, the continued spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a horrific massacre in Orlando haven't slowed the appeal of the Sunshine State for tourists, according to state officials.

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City of Jacksonville

Jacksonville’s share of the tourism market in Florida has grown every month for nearly three years.

And Tourism officials expect the growth to continue.


Allie George / WJCT News

With temperatures in Northeast Florida regularly soaring to the upper nineties during the summer, a blacksmith shop might seem like the last place someone would want to visit.

But that’s precisely what St. Augustine’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Park added to its historical attractions last weekend.

Tourism

Tourism in Jacksonville is a $2.2 billion industry that employs more than 22,000 people.

The past two years have been record-breaking for visits to the First Coast. Jacksonville is ranked as one of the top 50 convention destinations in the country.

Jacksonville officials are marking  National Travel and Tourism Week with a series of events highlighting tourism’s growing importance to the city's economy.

Visit Jacksonville CEO Paul Astleford joins us with a look at what's being to done to bring more visitors to the First Coast.

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