Last week, Governor Rick Scott issued Executive Order 18-221 declaring a state of emergency due to impacts of naturally occurring red tide in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Following Governor Rick Scott's emergency order, VISIT FLORIDA launched two programs, the Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Red Tide and Red Tide Recovery Marketing Program, to assist the counties.
Through the Red Tide Recovery Marketing Program, the following programs are available immediately at no cost to core tourism businesses located in the affected counties. For additional information about red tide, click here.
Complimentary Brochure Distribution at all
five Official Florida Welcome Centers
Complimentary Lobby Booth Program at four Highway Welcome Centers
location and time.
Complimentary VISIT FLORIDA Marketing Partnership
Core tourism businesses located within the affected areas of Florida have the opportunity to get a Small Business Marketing Partnership free of charge through February 28, 2019. With the Marketing Partnership, businesses receive an Enhanced Web Listing on VISITFLORIDA.com, the ability to submit social media posts for consideration, ability to promote Partner-to-Partner specials and more. To submit your enrollment application, click here.
Exposure on VISIT FLORIDA's Media Website
If you are in one of the affected counties, please be aware that you are eligible for other assistance. Businesses are encouraged to visit VISITFLORIDA.org/work-together/red-tide-support/ to learn about additional resources.