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2017 Hospitality Training Workshops

RiverWay South Apalachicola Choctawhatchee (RWSAC) and Goodwill Industries Big Bend, Inc. are co-sponsoring a series of hospitality training workshops that will provide high-quality, nationally-certified training to frontline tourism industry professionals and create “Ambassadors” for the RiverWay South region. You have three opportunities to attend this training: (more…)

VISIT FLORIDA Trade Show Program Helps Promote “Unexplored Florida”

avatarBy on November 15th, 2016 — 12:17pm

In an effort to showcase Florida’s diverse destinations by bringing attention to the state’s less visited rural areas, VISIT FLORIDA began a travel trade show partnership in 2014 with the Original Florida Tourism Task Force, doing business as Visit Natural North Florida.  As a result, the task force, which represents 14 counties in North Central Florida, was able to show a 16 percent increase in tax revenues for the region between July 2015 and February 2016.

Editorial: A River (of Money) Runs Through It

By:   Homer Hirt

Immediate Past President, RiverWay South, Apalachicola-Choctawhatchee

One of the legends of West Florida relates that Mr. Ed Ball, who ruled the vast holdings of St. Joe Company, was approached by some California businessmen.  They had a need for  land and St. Joe controlled a million acres in West Florida.  After listening  as they related their plan for a tourist destination center, he, in measured tones, said:  “I don’t hold much with carnival rides”.