Issue 7, February 12th

Last week our guest speaker was Paul Astleford, President and CEO of Visit Jacksonville. I learned so much from his presentation to our members. Did you know in 2015 there were 3.2 billion dollars spent in Jacksonville by visitors who live 50+ miles away? In 2016, we had 53,000 jobs directly related to the tourism industry.


We should all be proud of these recent accolades confirming that Jacksonville is a wonderful destination for work and play:

  • Convention South, a top-notch meeting planning/media group, awarded our city with the Readers’ Choice Award for the 2016 Best Meeting Site in the South
  • Forbes’ Top 20 Best Cities for Travel (2017)
  • # 5 on Forbes Travel Guide’s Surprising Foodie Cities to Visit Right Now

Next week our guest speaker is Mary Kelli Palka, the Managing Editor of the Florida Times Union.  Mary Kelli has been a journalist for more than 20 years and became the managing editor in January.

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