Public funding for VISIT FLORIDA so that Florida’s tourism
industry can produce jobs, sales tax revenue, fuel taxes and economic growth
into our state economy. FADMO
supports funding VISIT FLORIDA at $62.5 million to enable it to accomplish the
organization’s strategic plan endorsed by the tourism industry.
of Tourist Development Tax
FADMO is against the expansion of the legal uses of Tourist Development Taxes
for purposes other than tourism marketing.
The FADMO supports preserving the current
uses of Tourist Development Taxes and opposes any expansion of those uses
outside of tourism marketing activities.
Retailer Tax Exemption
sale of discounted hotel rooms over the Internet by Internet intermediaries,
such as Priceline.com and Expedia.com, has skyrocketed in the last decade. As a
result, both state and local governments are losing significant amounts of revenue
due to the way internet intermediaries choose to calculate the taxable amount
of their hotel room transactions. State of Florida sales tax laws should be
clarified to state that taxes shall be collected based upon "the total
consideration charged and collected from the guest for the hotel room.” The FADMO estimates that the state is losing
at least $37 million annually in unpaid sales and Tourist Development
FADMO supports collecting tax on the full amount charged to the guest staying
in the room.
lawmakers are considering enacting Arizona-type immigration reform in
Florida. As travel and tourism marketers
we strive to remove as many obstacles as possible for meeting planners consider
making Florida the destination for their conference or tradeshow. Meeting planners are focused on hosting their
events in locations which will draw the greatest possible number of
attendees. If a meeting planner is
concerned a segment of his or her potential attendees will be less likely to
travel to Florida because of a new immigration reform law, our state could lose
business in a highly competitive market.
of Florida’s springs have suffered damage from high nitrites. Scientists believe the proliferation of
septic tanks in spring recharge basins is a leading contributor to high nitrite
levels in springs. To ensure septic
tanks are working properly the 2010 legislature passed a law requiring
homeowners with septic tanks to have professional inspections every 5 years and
replace or repair their septic tank if it isn’t working properly. The FADMO supports practices that will reduce
nitrogen and phosphorous levels that affect the health of Florida’s springs.
FADMO recognizes the springs as important natural resources comparable to
Florida’s beaches, and supports possible financial incentives for groups that
take steps to keep these natural resources clean.
Attacking County Tourism Promotors
Rep. Jason Brodeur and Rep. Matt Gaetz sponsored
amendments to the internet retailer bill which would have been punitive to
county tourism promotion agencies. It’s
important to educate these legislators that while we may disagree on one issue,
county tourism promotion agencies bring customers and the jobs those customers
generate to businesses within their districts and throughout the state.