Visit Florida predicted the budget cut will negatively impact its ability to market the state as a tourism destination and in so doing put the industry and the jobs it creates at risk.
"This historic number would not have been possible without the significant funding we have invested in Visit Florida over the past few years", Scott said. He has hinted he may veto the entire state budget because legislators ignored many of his top priorities this year.
- Florida's marketing agency "Visit Florida" has been under fire from House Republican leaders for controversial promotional deals, including paying rapper Pitbull a million tax dollars to tout the state. This represents a 2.5 percent increase over the same period in 2016.
Scott on Monday will visit Miami's Jungle Island where he will announce that 31.1 million people visited the state during the first three months of the year. She also worked under former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., and in the state Legislature's Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability in the Florida Legislature.
"In business, you would never stop marketing when you start to see great results", Scott said in a prepared statement.
Visit Florida President and CEO Ken Lawson said in a release from the governor's office that, at the proposed funding level, his agency won't be able to compete for tourists against California and Texas. But the number of visitors from overseas and Canada came in at 2.7 million and 1.3 million respectively, which marked declines of 1.8 percent and 2.2 percent from a year ago. Kim has proudly served Florida families for almost three decades and her years of experience will be missed in my office.
The Naples Daily News first pointed out the provision of the contract with a German marketing firm that targets travelers from Syria.
Corcoran and other members of the Legislature from both parties have also pounced on questionable spending and management operations the past couple of years at Visit Florida.