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City leaders are trying to make Jacksonville one of the top destinations for sporting events.

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“We wanted to build something that’s an experience, not just another activity,” said Jax Rides co-owner Katie Derringer as she launches the fat-tire e-bike tour service in Jacksonville's urban core with her wife, Amy.

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Bolstered by U.S. and Canadian tourists, Florida’s visitor count continued at a record pace through the second quarter of 2019, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office said Thursday.

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Visit Jacksonville has launched a new app to help tourists and natives alike.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect featured guest host David Cawton, reporter for The Jacksonville Daily Record. Ahead of Wednesday’s Downtown Investment Authority meeting he spoke with DIA Executive Director Aundra Wallace and Visit Jacksonville President Michael Corrigan. The DIA will be evaluating three submitted proposals for a new convention center (01:28).    

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Visit Jacksonville is partnering with several local attractions and restaurants to offer special deals for Hurricane Florence evacuees this weekend.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Dan Scanlan from the Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Dave Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record (01:13).

We heard about this weekend’s STEM and Health Expo and River City Science Academy with coordinator Sarah Niss (46:00).


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Tourism marketing agency Visit Jacksonville has unveiled its newest advertising campaign, titled “Jax. It’s Easier Here.”

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Visit Jacksonville CEO Paul Astleford (1:02) about THE PLAYERS Championship’s impact on the region and concerns about the funding of Visit Florida. Attorney Wayne Hogan, Donna Orender and Director of Development at the ALS Association Florida Chapter Carmen Stokes (21:24) spoke about May 21  ALS fundraiser at the Baseball Grounds. Our new segment “Moveable Feast,” hosted by Women’s Food Alliance founder Leigh Cort, spoke with Casa Marina Hotel General Manager Mark Vandeloo (32:45), and this month’s First Coast Connect Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring (40:53) discussed the book “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. 

 

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

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The city’s tourism marketer, Visit Jacksonville, now has an official mobile app to help the millions of people who visit each year figure out what to do and where to go when they’re in town.

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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.


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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Jacksonville officials kicked off National Tourism Week on Monday with a new campaign highlighting the River City.

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Destination Bristol

Jacksonville has a new partner when it comes to attracting tourists.

Bristol, England, is more than 4,000 miles away from Jacksonville, but tourism officials think that the two cities may be able to work together.

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