News Releases

Through news releases, statements and listings, when tourism and industry news happens, we've got the scoop.


  • Jacksonville Vacations Should Be Shared!

    July 22, 2015 10:11 am EDT

    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.”

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  • Visit Jacksonville Awarded International Accreditation

    July 17, 2015 9:22 am EDT

    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.

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  • It’s an All-American Party in Jacksonville!

    July 01, 2015 4:16 pm EDT

    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.

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  • July Conventions Mean Big Business for Jacksonville

    June 26, 2015 3:44 pm EDT

    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.

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Summer 2015

    June 21, 2015 5:12 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- The summer is shaping up to really sizzle with exciting new happenings in Jacksonville!

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  • Vicky Koele-Bryan Promoted to Visit Jacksonville Visitor Center Operations Manager

    June 11, 2015 2:12 pm EDT

    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.

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  • The Jax Ale Trail is a Big Hit with Visitors

    June 04, 2015 10:19 am EDT

    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.

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  • Get All The #FactsOnJax

    May 04, 2015 9:22 am EDT

    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.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Receives Two Major Recognitions During Marketing Awards Season

    February 09, 2015 2:37 pm EST

    JACKSONVILLE, FL. -- Visit Jacksonville is proud to announce two big recognitions for our Marketing team and our destination.

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  • Jacksonville Awarded State Grant to Promote Local Medical Industry

    February 05, 2015 3:27 pm EST

    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.

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Spring 2015

    February 03, 2015 9:29 am EST

    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!

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  • Jacksonville Welcomes the Tennessee Volunteers to the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 09, 2014 10:17 am EST

    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.

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  • Jacksonville Welcomes the Iowa Hawkeyes to the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 09, 2014 10:11 am EST

    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.

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  • UT Fans: Six Reasons to Come to Jax for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 08, 2014 10:00 am EST

    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:

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  • Iowa Fans: Six Reasons to Come to Jax for the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl

    December 08, 2014 9:44 am EST

    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:

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  • It’s Time to Hop On the Jax Ale Trail!

    December 04, 2014 9:36 am EST

    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!

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  • Record Breaking Tourism Year in Jacksonville

    December 01, 2014 10:19 am EST

    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.

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  • Jacksonville Recognized as Top City For Culture and Music

    September 25, 2014 3:22 pm EDT

    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.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Celebrates Local Tourism Industry

    September 18, 2014 9:22 am EDT

    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.

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  • Spring-Summer Vacation Season Sets Records in Jacksonville

    September 04, 2014 2:00 pm EDT

    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.

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  • “#OnlyInJax” Instagram Campaign is a Big Hit!

    August 14, 2014 4:27 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Blown away, that’s how Visit Jacksonville feels about the support, reaction, and engagement behind its summer social media campaign #OnlyInJax.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Welcomes New Board Members

    August 01, 2014 12:14 pm EDT

    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.

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  • Jacksonville Is the New Home of the International Pageants

    July 25, 2014 4:20 pm EDT

    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.

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  • It’s Time to Show Us Your “#OnlyInJax” Moments

    July 09, 2014 9:52 am EDT

    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.

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  • Visitors Leave Big Economic Impact After Florida Country Superfest

    July 02, 2014 12:48 pm EDT

    -Inaugural Event Attracts More than 27,000 Out-Of-Town Visitors to Jacksonville-

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  • Sesquiquadricentennial Commemoration Events Begin at Visit Jacksonville

    June 30, 2014 9:47 am EDT

    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.

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  • Research Shows Jacksonville Jazz Festival Is A Hit With Visitors and Locals

    June 19, 2014 2:28 pm EDT

    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.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Launches “#OnlyInJax” Instagram Campaign

    June 18, 2014 10:07 am EDT

    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.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Introduces New Look, Functionality at visitjacksonville.com

    June 16, 2014 11:36 am EDT

    Website redesign incorporates latest technology and enhancements to market destination

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  • Visit Jacksonville Enters Marketing Partnership with Axemen

    April 30, 2014 10:36 am EDT

    City’s Destination Marketing Organization will Promote 2014 USA Rugby Championship at UNF

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Fall-Winter 2013

    October 16, 2013 4:39 pm EDT

    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!

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  • Show Us How Much You Know About JAX!

    July 08, 2013 10:51 am EDT

    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!

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  • WHAT’S NEW IN JAX: Summer-Fall 2013

    June 21, 2013 11:49 am EDT

    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!

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  • You are invited to celebrate FRENCH WEEK in Jacksonville!

    April 22, 2013 2:14 pm EDT

    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!

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  • OnlyInJax.com

    March 14, 2013 10:01 am EDT

    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.

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Eco-Shrimping Tour

Amelia River Cruises

An interactive exploration of the St. Marys River Basin, our guests will be coached on the operation of an Otter Trawl shrimp net. Historically developed in Fernandina, this net is similar to the nets used by the commercial shrimp industry today. Deploying and retrieving the net is part of the hands-on experience. The catch will then be displayed in an on-board aquarium and each of the creatures will be identified and released back into the wild. We continue to explore the backwaters and tidal creeks that make up this estuary before returning to historic Fernandina Beach.

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Cumberland Island Tour

    One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Beach Creek Tour

    2:30 pm, 7 days per week This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    MOSH After Dark: BYOB Painting Workshop

    Gather a group of friends or grab your significant other for a night on the town…on top of the town actually! Unleash your creativity at this rooftop painting party. …

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise

    Departure time varies seasonally*, Thursday through Saturday This sunset cruise is designed especially for adults and is one of the finest ways to end the day or begin…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Free Thursday Tours at MOCA Jacksonville

    MOCA Jacksonville is partnering with FIS™—a global leader in banking and payments technology solutions as well as consulting and outsourcing solutions—and Fidelity…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Family Friendly Sunset Cruise

    7 days per week This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area. Reservations are…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Chapel Concert Series-John Primer

    Beaches Museum Chapel Concert Series is proud to present John Primer, "The Real Deal". John is a Living Legend and has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award many…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    John Primer at the Beaches Museum & History Park

    Beaches Museum Chapel Concert Series is proud to present John Primer, "The Real Deal" This event is part of the Museum's ongoing Chapel Concert series and is generously…

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  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Indie Pop Dance Party at the Loft

    TheLOFT Thursdays Indie.Pop.Dance.Party. with DJ Wes Reed & Josh Kemp

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  • Go fishing! Jacksonville offers fantastic fishing options for the beginner fisherman to the advanced angler.

    Kids Fishing Trips in Jacksonville!

    April 21, 2015 11:44 am EDT

    I hear it all the time. "We're coming to Jacksonville, staying at the beach, at a nice hotel with a fancy swimming pool, because the kids are out of school and wondered what else can we do with our kids?"

  • It’s All About “Sport Fishing”

    August 05, 2014 1:58 pm EDT

    July was, and August will be too..... Teeth Month, aboard Capt Dave's Jettywolf. From Barracuda's to Sharks, it's all about "Sport Fishing" for the BIG ONES!

  • Summer Fishing

    July 10, 2014 3:31 pm EDT

    Hello Anglers! Summer has been here for quit a while in N.E. Florida. Most of you don't really care what month the calendar says. As a fisherman, I call it summer when the Spanish Mackerel show up at the inlet. And that happened back in May!

  • Redfish are Biting!

    May 29, 2014 5:01 pm EDT

    Hello Folks, Captain Dave Sipler here.....I'm going to tell you all about Jacksonville's fishing opportunities every month for the next six months.

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  • August Trip Worthy Events

    August 01, 2015 9:18 am EDT

    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!

  • Celebrate the Shark in Jax

    July 05, 2015 1:44 pm EDT

    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.

  • July Trip Worthy Events

    June 28, 2015 10:32 am EDT

    Fireworks, fishing, festivals and fun abound this July in Jacksonville.

  • Experience a beachside music festival that defines the local culture in Jacksonville. Come have fun in the sun this June in Jax!

    Jacksonville Trip Worthy Events: June

    June 04, 2015 2:53 pm EDT

    June in Jax is action packed. With the heartpumping speeds of powerboats zipping along the mighty St. Johns at the P1 Jacksonville Grand Prix and the aerial acrobatics performed by daring skateboarders in honor of Go Skate Day, there’s plenty of excitement to go around.

  • Jacksonville Tripworthy Events: May

    May 01, 2015 8:43 am EDT

    There are plenty of reasons to visit Jacksonville in May. The weather is warm, the ocean is inviting, the flowers are in bloom, and the farm-to-table restaurants are getting ready to change their seasonal menus from Spring to Summer.

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  • One of the oldest theaters in Jacksonville where you can wine and dine your sweetheart!

    Jacksonville’s Trendiest Spots

    July 27, 2015 4:39 pm EDT

    Jacksonville is the perfect destination to have an authentic Florida experience, and there is no better way to explore it than to enjoy the tastes, the flavors and the sites that the locals love.

  • Don’t Miss Jacksonville’s Spring Line-Up of Festivals

    March 27, 2015 1:22 pm EDT

    Whether you’re looking for a family friendly spring-break destination, or the ideal spot for a quick fun getaway, Jacksonville has the perfect mix of Florida Flair, Southern Hospitality, and exciting festivals to put a spring in your step this new season!

  • I RUN this city

    March 10, 2015 1:22 pm EDT

    Running. You either love it or you hate it, but sometimes you hate a little less and get the inspiration you need from a city and its running paths.

  • Top 5 Romantic Things to do In Jacksonville

    February 06, 2015 7:01 pm EST

    Every day can be Valentine's Day, create your perfect romantic getaway to Jacksonville, the “River City by the Sea.” Whether you’re looking for romantic strolls on the beach, candlelit dinners, or an eco-adventure for two, couples can craft a picture-perfect time together in Jax!

  • Five Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Jax

    October 20, 2014 10:17 am EDT

    Unless you’re an expert on our fine city (and who knows, you might be - it is pretty awesome here) here are some things you probably didn’t know about Jacksonville, Florida.

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  • Jacksonville is Bursting with Flavor

    August 14, 2015 12:49 pm EDT

    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.


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