TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Visit Florida, the state's tourism agency under fire from lawmakers, hired a German company in March to market the state to travelers from Syria, one of the countries identified as a state sponsor of terrorism and included in President Trump's temporary travel ban. A contract between the tourism promotion agency and Munich-based AviaReps was signed March 19 to market the state in 10 Middle Eastern countries, including Syria.
TALLAHASSEE - Already under fire from lawmakers, VISIT FLORIDA hired a German company to market the state to Syrian travelers, one of the countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban. The contract between VISIT FLORIDA and Munich-based AviaReps was signed March 19 to market the state in 10 Middle Eastern countries, including Syria. Florida's embattled tourism promotion agency canceled the contract Wednesday after the Naples Daily News began asking questions about it.
TALLAHASSEE - Although three days late, the Legislature on Monday night approved the $83 billion state budget it proposed for next year, which included more money for charter schools, a plan to vastly expand a popular teacher bonus program and $180 million in tax cuts. The budget package approved by the House and Senate also slashes money for VISIT FLORIDA and Enterprise Florida and eliminates 21 other corporate incentive programs Gov. Rick Scott had asked them to spare.