by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 29, 2017
The U.S. Travel Association today presented its Distinguished Leadership Award to Florida Gov. Rick Scott for his staunch support of travel and tourism in the state. During the ceremony, held during the Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism, which runs Aug.-28-30 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, U.S. Travel's president and CEO Roger Dow praised Scott's success in attracting visitors to the Sunshine State, as well as his efforts on behalf of the tourism industry.  
 
"Throughout his term, Gov. Scott has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to travel as a critical pillar of the economy and jobs base," said Dow. "Faced with numerous natural and man-made challenges, he realized the importance of sending a message of welcome both domestically and internationally, reminding both domestic and international travelers of all that Florida has to offer visitors. In particular, Gov. Scott's efforts to protect Visit Florida's funding from misguided political challenges have paid dividends for the state."
 
Dow added, "In 2016, Florida enjoyed a record of nearly 113 million visitors. More importantly, the dollars those visitors spent during their trips supported 1.4 million jobs for Florida workers, making the state one of America's strongest examples of the economic power of travel. The travel industry is very proud of all that Governor Scott has been able to accomplish during his years in office. Other states should be as fortunate to have such a travel champion in the top job."