Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Surf Expo 2016 in Orlando.
The Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism is hosted by Visit Florida and draws influential people in the tourism industry from all over the state. This includes tourism bureaus, resorts, advertising agencies. and more.
The purpose of the conference is to analyze, discuss and improve Florida’s robust tourism industry.
Bass2Billfish with Peter Miller is considered a key asset in drawing fishing tourism to Florida.
Here are some key stats:
-105 million tourists visited Florida in 2015
-Florida is the first state to surpass 100 million out-of-state visitors
-Out of state visitors spend $300 million every single day in Florida
-Over 1.25 million people are employed in tourism related jobs in Florida
According to the most recent National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation, here are some facts on Florida fishing.
-Florida has over 3 million anglers
-Total expenditures by anglers was over 4.6 billion
-Over 57.5 million days of fishing were spent in Florida
I’m proud to do all that I can to promote fishing and Florida tourism! To learn more about Florida tourism, head over to visitflorida.com
ICAST 2016 did not disappoint! Here’s a short recap.
YETI is always at the forefront of innovation. This year they unveiled
the new YETI Hopper Flip 12. The Flip 12 is airtight and watertight. Like the other models in the hopper line, the inside is antimicrobial and food grade. It has 3.2 gallons of capacity and instead of stitching, the seams are welded together…which helps durability and makes it leak-proof. The zipper is also very heavy duty. The YETI Hopper Flip 12 also won “Best Fishing Accessory” at the show. This is the ultimate small cooler bag! Learn more about the YETI Hopper Flip 12 here YETI Hopper Flip 12
Salt Life has been making high-quality apparel for a number of years now, and they are constantly developing new designs. I had the chance to stop by the booth and meet with Jeff Stillwell and Larry Laska to talk about their new line of products coming out for Spring 2017. Salt Life’s SLX UVapor performance gear are 88% polyester, 12% spandex and treated for UV30 sun protection. Furthermore, they are anti-microbial and utilize ultra light quick reaction fabric for built in cooling and ventilation. To learn more about Salt Life click here www.saltlife.com
Stopping by the Raymarine booth, I had the chance to talk about some of my favorite features on the new gS and eS units on my new Yellowfin 24 bay boat. One of the best features is the new switch panel. This adds a new level of functionality and ease of use. I can control the nav lights, washdown, bait well etc. from both stations on my bay boat. Here’s a short video about the switch panel. For more info on Raymarine products, click here: www.raymarine.com
Costa’s #FixFlorida Campaign
There has been a lot of talk in the news lately about the degradation of the Everglades and the estuaries surrounding it.
Costa sunglasses has released a new video explaining the recent events that have put three of Florida’s estuaries in danger. The damage was caused by development, agriculture and water mismanagement.
I support Costa, in that it’s important to work on positive change and restore the Everglades and also to educate on the importance of conservation. Costa’s concept is called #FixFlorida.
You can sign a declaration to support this initiative here <a href=”http://www.gladesdeclaration.org”>http://www.gladesdeclaration.org</a> Also to learn more, please watch this video.