Bill would eliminate 2 Florida tourism agencies


TO ORLANDO IF THEY CLOSE SHOPS? WE FOUND OUT. REPORTER: TOURISM IS NOT ONLY ORLANDO’S BREAD AND BUTTER, BUT FLORIDA’S. THERE IS SUCH INTENSE DEBATE OVER LEGISLATION IN TALLAHASSEE THAT WOULD ABOLISH VISIT FLORIDA, THE AGENCY THAT MARKETS THE SUNSHINE STATE. >>THEY ARE THROWING THE BABY WITH THE BATH WATER. REPORTER: THE CONTROVERSY IS IN PART OVER PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. THEY RECEIVE $78 MILLION. RATHER THAN TAXPAYERS FOOTING THE BILL, IT SHOULD BE THE TOURISM INDUSTRY THAT PONIES UP THE MONEY. THE GOVERNOR RECENTLY FORCED OUT THE HEAD OF VISIT FLORIDA FOR DOING TOO MUCH FREE SPENDING ON MILLION DOLLAR CAMPAIGNS FEATURING THE RAPPER PITBULL. BUT TO GET RID OF IT WOULD BE A HUGE MISTAKE WITH CENTRAL FLORIDA SUFFERING THE MOST. >>WE DEPEND ON WHAT FLORIDA DOES BECAUSE WE ARE PART OF FLORIDA. SO WHEN VISIT FLORIDA PROMOTES FLORIDA, GUESS WHO IS THE MAIN BENEFICIARY? WE ARE. REPORTER: THERE IS AN AGENCY THAT PROMOTES TOURISM SPECIFICALLY HERE IN ORLANDO. IT’S CALLED VISITORLANDO. DECLINED TALKING ON CAMERA BUT PROVIDED ME WITH A WRITTEN STATEMENT. THE MARKETING OF TOURISM IS IMPORTANT. OUR ORGANIZATION IS FOCUSED ON ORLANDO AND HAVING THE BENEFIT OF MAKING FLORIDA MORE ATTRACTIVE IS MORE BENEFICIAL.

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