Florida Craft Brewers applaud Gov. Scott’s budget boost for tourism

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A group representing craft brewers and beer-makers across Florida is saluting Gov. Rick Scott for nearly doubling the money to the state’s tourism agency as part of next year’s “tax cut” budget.

“On behalf of the Florida Brewers Guild, we applaud Gov. Scott’s strong commitment to our state’s tourism industry,” said Josh Aubuchon, executive director of the non-profit Tallahassee-based group. “Like many industries in the state, Florida’s craft breweries benefit from tourists.  So these additional marketing dollars are sure to translate into more jobs at our breweries.”     

Scott announced Friday that Visit Florida would receive a record-breaking $100 million in his 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget,” nearly $40 million more than the $63 million the agency received last year.

The historic levels of funding will be used by Visit Florida to promote the Sunshine State as a year-round destination for domestic and international visitors, as well as support communities in attracting direct international air service to Florida.

“We are thankful to Gov. Scott and hopeful for legislative support of Florida’s tourism industry, which continues to play a vital role in our economy,” Aubuchon added.

According to research by the Brewers Association, the trade association representing a majority of U.S. breweries, small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.

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