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Joe Henderson: Corcoran tourism threat isn’t a bluff

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House Speaker Richard Corcoran is right on the money, so to speak, with his latest fiscal gambit. Corcoran has put 12 tourism development agencies throughout Florida on notice that they better have an accurate and public accounting of how they spend taxpayer dollars — and quickly. That includes big ones in Miami, Orlando and Tampa Bay.

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Tourism trends on tap at Tampa Downtown Partnership event May 2

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As Florida’s largest industry, tourism is a major economic driver in both downtown Tampa and the entire region. Official estimates put the number of visitors to Hillsborough County at nearly 22-million annually, with $3.6 billion in spending and supporting more than 48,000 hospitality-related jobs, making it a significant sector of Tampa Bay’s economy. The Tampa Downtown Partnership will examine the latest trends in tourism and future growth in “Downtown Debriefing Series: Trends in Tourism,” scheduled Tuesday, May 2, at the…

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Pirate invasion to mark Hillsborough Day at Florida State Capitol

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Members of the Hillsborough County Legislative Delegation will celebrate Hillsborough Day at the State Capitol in Tallahassee March 22. The daylong event will bring many of the county’s most beloved attractions and traditions to the capitol for Florida lawmakers to enjoy, while showcasing all that the community has to offer. Visitors to the State Capitol will include local city and county officials, prominent area business people and representatives from the Hillsborough County Public Schools. Several nonprofit organizations, Visit Tampa Bay,…

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