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Federal Action Needed to Protect Florida’s Tourism Industry

As every Floridian knows, tourism is critical to our state’s booming economy. This $111.7 billion industry represents 1.4 million employees, and one out of every four people in the Sunshine State work in hospitality. With more than 850 miles of beautiful coastline, seemingly endless options for entertainment and warm sunshine, it’s no wonder that millions Read More

Gov. Scott Issues Emergency Order for Red Tide

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-221 declaring a state of emergency due to impacts of red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Red tide is a naturally occurring algae that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s and occurs nearly every year. Governor Scott said, “As Read More


[Tallahassee, Fla] Today, representatives from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced the hire of Guilherme Cunha as Regional Director for the nonprofit’s Central Florida Chapter. Cunha brings extensive experience in event management and fundraising as well as a proven track record in tourism development to the association promoting the Sunshine State’s largest industry. Read More


[Tallahassee, Fla] Today, representatives from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced the hire of Amanda Handley, APR, as Press Secretary. Handley brings expertise in media relations and strategic message development to the state hospitality trade industry’s association. “Amanda’s experience, work ethic and passion for communication and community will bring exceptional value to our Read More

Governor Scott Speaks at FRLA Board Meeting

[Key West, Fla] (June 12, 2018) – Today, Governor Rick Scott spoke to members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) at the organization’s summer board meeting. In a speech focused on the significant gains for tourism in the sunshine state, the Governor praised FRLA members for their contributions to the state’s number one Read More