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  • Jacksonville Voted #10 TOP DESTINATION ON THE RISE by TripAdvisor

    December 08, 2016 4:52 pm EST

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- 2016 has been another record breaking year for Jacksonville’s Tourism industry, and the year is not over just yet! This month, millions of Tripadvisor users have chosen Jacksonville as the Top 10 Destination on the Rise in the U.S. during the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.

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  • Let’s Celebrate Families in Jax with “Kids Free November”

    September 27, 2016 11:24 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. September 27, 2016 -- In November we celebrate families in Jacksonville! Once again the city’s top family attractions have partnered with Visit Jacksonville for Kids Free November, a special month-long promotion that offers free admission and other freebies for children at local museums and attractions.

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  • It’s Time To Sip & Savor Jax!

    September 12, 2016 3:52 pm EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It’s the perfect time to dine at that restaurant your friends keep talking about because Sip & Savor Jax: Jacksonville’s Dining Week is underway and the best restaurants in town are offering three-course meals for great prices that are sure to make you skip the grocery store and dine out every day!

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  • Visit Jacksonville Takes Home Flagler Award During 2016 Governor’s Conference

    September 12, 2016 11:03 am EDT

    ORLANDO, Fla.-- Visit Jacksonville has once again been honored with a marketing award during the Flagler Awards ceremony at the Governor's Conference in Orlando.

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  • You Are Invited to Sip & Savor Jax!

    August 26, 2016 11:19 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Are you hungry for a delicious experience? Come Sip & Savor Jax this September during Visit Jacksonville’s annual citywide Restaurant Week.

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  • June Sets New Record for Jacksonville’s Tourism Industry

    August 04, 2016 10:30 am EDT

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville’s tourism growth streak continues with a record-breaking month of June for both visitation and revenue. June marks the 32 straight month of positive gains for Destination Jacksonville.

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  • It’s Time to Discover What’s Found #onlyinjax

    March 23, 2016 10:23 am EDT

    Have you ever been to a place that is so spectacular you can't believe you’ve never heard of it before? While it may be a surprise to some, Jacksonville is full of places like that! There are hundreds of unique stories and sites that can be found only in our vibrant destination and Visit Jacksonville is on a mission to highlight those local spots that will take your breath away!

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  • What’s New in Jax: Winter 2016

    January 19, 2016 1:06 pm EST

    You don’t have to write about the same old thing because Jacksonville is full of new projects this winter 2016. Not content with being the largest city by landmass in the U.S. and an exciting vacation and meetings and conventions destination, Jacksonville is growing and thriving as the place to be this year with new businesses, attractions and experiences becoming part of the landscape nearly every day.

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  • A Year in Beer: The Jax Ale Trail Turns 1!

    December 07, 2015 11:40 am EST

    Visit Jacksonville celebrates the Jax Ale Trail anniversary.

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  • Bet You Can’t Stop Saying “WOW” This Holiday Season in Jax

    November 13, 2015 3:00 pm EST

    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.

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  • Kids Free November Is Back in Jax

    October 19, 2015 10:38 am EDT

    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 cost

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  • Visit Jacksonville Wins Big at Flagler Awards

    September 01, 2015 2:06 pm EDT

    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.

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  • Visit Jacksonville Wins Marketing Award for Jax Ale Trail Campaign

    August 27, 2015 4:48 pm EDT

    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.

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  • 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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  • 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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    Patty Jimenez

    Patty Jimenez

    Patty promotes the region as a premiere travel destination through targeted media outreach, while serving as an internal resource to staff and Partners seeking destination information and exposure.

    Phone: 904-421-9169
    Email: pjimenez@visitjacksonville.com


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