Through news releases, statements and listings, when tourism and industry news happens, we've got the scoop.
Through news releases, statements and listings, when tourism and industry news happens, we've got the scoop.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Experience a city that sparkles extra bright during the holiday season as Jacksonville lights up and invites visitors from across the nation to spend their Winter on our Waters.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Fall is family time in Jacksonville! After a successful inaugural year in 2014, Visit Jacksonville and its tourism partners are bringing back “Kids Free November,” a month-long special promotion for families to discover and explore Jacksonville’s most entertaining attractions at a fraction of the regular costRead More
TAMPA, Fla. -- Visit Jacksonville is once again very proud to announce a big recognition for its marketing efforts of Jacksonville as a premier tourism destination. Monday night, during the 15th Annual Flagler Awards at the Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Visit Jacksonville won a Henry Award for Niche Marketing of the Jax Ale Trail.Read More
PORTLAND, OR -- Visit Jacksonville, the city’s certified Destination Marketing Organization, has been recognized by the U.S. Travel Association with a Destination Council Destiny Award for niche targeting of the Jax Ale Trail. The award was presented during the annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) in Portland Tuesday night.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Let’s be honest, the best part of a vacation is making unforgettable memories, then sharing the photos of those memories with everyone on social media. Well now, doing just that could make one lucky person the winner of Visit Jacksonville’s interactive summer postcard contest “Vacations Should Be Shared.”Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 17, 2015) -- Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has approved Visit Jacksonville for accreditation as part of their Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). This prestigious honor recognizes Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVB) and Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO) that meet the highest level of quality and performance standards within the industry.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- From the beaches in the coast to the river in the urban core, Jacksonville is going all-out this Independence Day and we want you to celebrate with us! The “River City by the Sea” is offering multiple ways to enjoy America’s birthday and you still have plenty of time to book a getaway to our natural water wonderland and enjoy the biggest patriotic party our city has even thrown.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 26-- Jacksonville will be the host city for more than 25 meetings and conventions this July, the visiting groups and their convention attendees will create an estimated economic impact of $30 million in new revenue for our city.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- The summer is shaping up to really sizzle with exciting new happenings in Jacksonville!Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 11, 2015 -- After a nationwide search, Visit Jacksonville has filled its open Visitor Center Operations Manager position by promoting Visitor Center team member, Vicky Koele-Bryan. Koele-Bryan will be responsible for managing all of Visit Jacksonville’s Visitor Centers and the centers staff.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- June 4 marks six months since Visit Jacksonville kicked off the highly successful Jax Ale Trail and its Craft Beer Passport showcasing Jacksonville’s thriving craft beer industry to visitors from all over the nation and world.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville is kicking off National Tourism Week 2015 by celebrating our city’s extraordinary attributes in a series of new infographics with information on Jacksonville’s nature, water, attractions, dining, nightlife, sports and arts scene.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville is proud to announce two big recognitions for our Marketing team and our destination.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville, the City’s Official Tourism Marketing Office, and its local medical partners, including Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute, Ackerman Cancer Center and Market Staging Inc., were awarded a $99,200.00 matching grant by Visit Florida to promote Jacksonville’s award winning medical industry to new patients and medical convention planners.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- From new dining options, new festivals, new hotels, new meeting venues, and a major revitalizing of the Downtown district, 2015 is shaping up to be quite the year for Jacksonville!Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Tennessee College Football Fans and Alumni are cordially invited to ring in the New Year in Jacksonville for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field, where the Tennessee Volunteers will square off against the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 2, in the Southeastern Conference vs. Big Ten showdown.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- University of Iowa College Football Fans and Alumni are cordially invited to ring in the New Year in Jacksonville for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl at EverBank Field, where the Iowa Hawkeyes will square off against the Tennessee Volunteers on January 2, in the Southeastern Conference vs. Big Ten showdown.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The TaxSlayer Bowl schedule has been set and the teams have been announced, now it is time to plan your getaway to support the Vols and experience all that Jacksonville has to offer. Here are six reasons why you should book your visit now:Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The TaxSlayer Bowl schedule has been set and the teams have been announced, now it is time to plan your getaway to support the Hawkeyes and experience all that Jacksonville has to offer. Here are six reasons why you should book your visit now:Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- When your city has tons of award winning craft brews you want to make sure everyone, especially those visiting from out of town, gets a chance to enjoy all of them, that’s why on this December 4, Visit Jacksonville and Jacksonville’s craft breweries are unveiling the new Jax Ale Trail and the Jax Ale Trail Brewery Passport!Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Thanksgiving holiday has left the Jacksonville Tourism Industry extra thankful, as we celebrate 12 months of consecutive gains in both visitation and hotel revenue in Duval County.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The votes are in and they bring great news for Jacksonville! This summer, ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for those who plan events and meetings held within the South, asked readers and Facebook fans to vote for the cities they felt were the best places to hold a meeting based on their culture and music scene, the results are now in and Jacksonville was chosen #4 in the “South’s Top 10 Music Spots for Meetings & Events,” and our city, along with the rest of the Northeast Florida area, was also voted “Best City for Culture” for meetings and conventions.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Sept. 17, 2014 -- Visit Jacksonville celebrated a successful year for the local tourism industry during the ‘Destination Celebration: Wave of Impact” event at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. Close to 400 tourism, city, and community leaders join the city’s official tourism organization to celebrate the achievements and the positive impact of the industry in Jacksonville.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What a summer! Jacksonville’s spring and summer vacation season has come to an end, but it leaves behind great successes for our destination. Duval County’s hotel occupancy tracking system, Smith Travel Research, released numbers showing hotel occupancy was up across the city, and earnings were up to levels not previously seen in the 10 years the company has been tracking tourism in the county. Jacksonville is on trend with the rest of the state in reporting record-breaking visitation numbers for the spring and summer seasons in 2014.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blown away, that’s how Visit Jacksonville feels about the support, reaction, and engagement behind its summer social media campaign #OnlyInJax.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. July 29, 2014-- Visit Jacksonville, the city’s Destination Marketing Office, has appointed three distinguished industry professionals to its board of directors for 2014.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- International Pageants has found a new home, as Visit Jacksonville brings International Pageant’s Mrs. International, Miss International, and Miss Teen International pageants to Jacksonville for the next three years. This year’s edition of the International Pageants will be held July 24 through August 2 at the Moran Theatre at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a successful phase one, Visit Jacksonville is ready to kick off part two of its summer “#OnlyInJax” social media campaign. Starting on July 9, Jacksonville’s Destination Marketing Office is asking visitors and locals to tag images of their Jacksonville vacations and unique Jacksonville experiences with the hashtag #OnlyInJax.Read More
-Inaugural Event Attracts More than 27,000 Out-Of-Town Visitors to Jacksonville-Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. June 30-- Jacksonville’s 450 years of French heritage is coming alive this month with Sesquiquadricentennial Commemoration events. Visit Jacksonville is honoring this historical year by unveiling the “French-Florida Cultural Center” as part of its Downtown location.Read More
Jacksonville, Fla. June 17, 2014 -- Research funded by Visit Jacksonville and conducted by a research team from the University of North Florida (UNF) has concluded that visitors from outside the Jacksonville community accounted for 33 percent of all attendees to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and generated nearly $2.83 million in economic impact to our destination.Read More
Jacksonville, Fla. June 18, 2014 -- Visit Jacksonville launches its first major tourism campaign on Instagram, encouraging residents and visitors to highlight all the special attractions, places and sights that can be found only in Jacksonville by posting images to the social network with the hashtag #OnlyInJax.Read More
Website redesign incorporates latest technology and enhancements to market destinationRead More
City’s Destination Marketing Organization will Promote 2014 USA Rugby Championship at UNFRead More
The new season brings changes and new projects for Jacksonville, including renovations at local hotels, an expansion of our shopping mecca - the St. Johns Town Center-, a major milestone for the local cruising industry and the popular Florida vs. Georgia Football Classic. This is the time to visit Jacksonville and explore all there is to see and do in Florida’s most vibrant destination!Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We want you to show us how much you know about our unique and vibrant “River City by the Sea” and in response we will show you a great time in Jax!Read More
JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- The upcoming seasons bring new and exciting changes to our city including an all new JAXtoberfest celebration, a new NFL season, the return of the dining series Eat Up Downtown and affordable options for big conventions and fun attractions to take your getaway from fun to fantastic!Read More
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bonjour! From April 25- May 4, join the City of Jacksonville, the National Parks Service, Visit Jacksonville and Downtown Vision as we come together for a special week-long soiree in honor of Jacksonville’s French roots. The entire community is invited to taste the flavors of Paris during French Dinning Week, relive the moment Jean Ribault first spotted Jacksonville with a Living History presentation at Fort Caroline and stroll though the French Quarter during May’s ArtWalk. So let’s celebrate our French heritage. Oh là là!Read More
If you have ever wondered “What makes Jacksonville special? What sets us apart?” then you need to visit www.OnlyInJax.com and find out all the unique, exciting and special things, places and sights that can only be experienced here in the best destination in Florida.Read More
Jacksonville boasts plenty of delicious farmers markets. So get out there and support your local farms with this guide to regional markets.
Over the past two years, Shad Khan and the leadership of the Jacksonville Jaguars have made extensive efforts to transform the team from relative obscurity (for those outside Duval) into one of the most visible franchises in the league.
Out with the old, in with the bold! Bold Bean Coffee Roasters has just opened its second location in South Jacksonville Beach, ironically where the old Starbucks was located. Bold Bean specializes in handmade, single-origin coffee, espresso beverages, craft beer and a community-orientated atmosphere.
What makes a restaurant romantic? If you’re not sure, you probably ought to ask someone female. When I asked my husband for his suggestions for this article, he said, “Is Guzzle Pipes and Gutty Works open yet?” Having an excellent beer list is not usually high on the list of most women’s romance requirements.
We all love a nice summer night with friends and a cool beer in our hand. This list will be your locally-brewed beer guide for the summer, no matter the occasion.
Spend your Winter on the Water in Jacksonville with a month of festive days and nights.
Fall doesn’t just mark the return of pumpkin spice season, fall in Jacksonville is beer lovers season with a wide variety of fun events that feature national and local craft brews.
September strikes the perfect balance between Summer and Fall in Jacksonville.
Need one last trip to finish out your summer? Not ready to send the kids back to school yet? Well Summer is going strong in Jacksonville, and August is the perfect time for one last hurrah!
Apex predators, misunderstood sea creatures, oversized fish – the shark gets called a lot of things these days, but one thing is for sure, people are fascinated by them.
Sometimes finding a place where the kids can eat can cause parents nightmares. You find a spot with a kids menu, but the adult choices are not so hot. Or you see a fabulous menu in a spot that’s just a bit too hoity-toity to accommodate your grilled cheese needs. Fortunately Jacksonville is full of great spots to make the whole family happy.
In recent years, craft beer has exploded in popularity, and more and more great restaurants are adding craft beer to their drink selections.
Dinner and drinks, a combination that goes together like… well, red wine and red meat. Whether you like to cozy up to your favorite Cabernet, sip on a classic Manhattan or partake in a fine Belgian Tripel, Jacksonville is full of restaurants that pair delicious food menus with top-notch wine, beer or cocktail lists.
They say great dining experiences engage more than just your sense of taste. The way the scent of cookies baking will make your dessert that much more delightful, or how just the sizzling of bacon will make your mouth water.
From down home fish camps by the sea to trendy gastropubs in hip neighborhoods, you’re sure to find a delightful meal in any corner of the city.
Get Hooked on Fishing at Mayport! There’s no better way to see the beauty of Jacksonville’s beaches than to fish its waters – and no lack of opportunities to do it, either.
Has anyone ever said to you “What’s there to do in Jacksonville?” or “What makes Jax so special?”. Here's an easy answer...
The Light Boat Parade is a uniquely Jacksonville experience and there's fireworks! Be sure to make plans to watch.
I love trying new things - why not clay shooting?
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a big cat rescue here in Jacksonville, is a great unique attraction, the likes of which I've never seen before. Read more.
One nickname you could attach to Jacksonville is the “City of Bridges”.
On Saturday October 10th, 2015 at 12:30pm, there is a special Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony in Mayport, Florida. Congratulations to St. Augustine on their 450th celebration, however, It All Began in Mayport!
This year’s Downtown Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display is on the actual anniversary, Saturday July 4, 2015.
Walk into Downtown Jacksonville’s Merrill House and step back in time to the year 1903
If the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville had a greeting card, the Riverdale Inn would be on the cover