Visit Florida and tourism simply create jobs; they bring extra tax revenue to our state, and they have helped make our economy what it is today.

 

As an independent hotel operator, my team and I rely on the strong partnership of Visit Florida and Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau to bring tourism to Amelia Island.

Due to our limited budget, small businesses have very little money to put toward marketing.

No marketing means no business.

And no business means no jobs.

Because of Visit Florida’s Small Business Grant and Advertising Matching Grants programs, we’re able to welcome guests to our businesses and help create jobs.

I am very grateful for Visit Florida and its outstanding support during Hurricane Matthew.

It partnered with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association by visiting destinations in North Florida that were affected by the damaging storm and met with local business owners to find how it could help.

My employees and I were busy cleaning up the property, so we could reopen and start welcoming our guests. Our staff needed time and resources to get back on their feet as many were badly affected as well. So how could a small property like ours afford to get the word out that we’re open for business after losing so much income from this damaging storm?

Thankfully, Visit Florida has stepped in. Working in partnership with the state restaurant and lodging association and our local convention and visitors bureaus, Visit Florida has worked tirelessly to market our destinations worldwide — and to announce that Florida is still “open for business.”

In the wake of this decision-making process, uncertainty and concern surrounds my business. We rely on Visit Florida to ensure that we can continue to operate at a high standard that tourists from around the world can expect from Florida’s hospitality industry.

We need Visit Florida to remain competitive and attract visitors to the Sunshine State.

Olivia Hoblit, general manager, Seaside Amelia Inn