Rick Scott launches travel deals for Canadians
Siesta Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2017 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)


Gov. Rick Scott announced the kick-off Wednesday of a new discount program to lure Canadian visitors back to Florida.

The Canadian Power Play Program makes it more affordable for Canadian families to travel to the state through travel deals from Visit Florida partners offering 20 percent discounts at Florida hotels, attractions and car rentals. Canada Air is offering $40 off flights to Florida, if they are booked by Friday.

Visit Florida markets the state’s tourism industry.

“As Florida’s number one international tourist market, Canada is so important to Florida’s tourism industry and the 1.4 million jobs it supports for families across our state,” said Scott, who made the announcement with Visit Florida in Toronto as part of his tourism and trade mission to Canada. “We will keep working every day to attract 120 million visitors this year and make Florida the number one global destination.”

The announcement follows a decline of Canadian visitation to Florida in recent years and addresses concerns from Canadian families about the current exchange rate between the U.S. and Canada.

Canada remains Florida’s number one international market, with 3.3 million Canadians traveling to Florida in 2016, according to Visit Florida. Canadians account for 23 percent of Florida’s international visitors and spent $3.6 billion in the state last year.

About 40 percent of Florida’s Canadian visitors travel in the winter from January through March. The Canadian snowbirds stay longer and spend 1.9 times more per person than domestic visitors.

Ken Lawson, president and CEO of Visit Florida, said the marketing agency is “doubling down on our efforts to bring more Canadians to the Sunshine State. By allowing Canadian consumers to take advantage of discounts from our great partners, we are making it easier than ever for them to book a trip to Florida.”

Twenty-six Florida businesses and tourism partners will be participating in the Canadian Power Play Program.

For a list of travel deals for Canadians, go to:  LoveFlorida.ca.

Terry Roen

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.


  • Carole woodward

    November 2, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    The state of Florida would benefit much much more if we could stay longer in the US instead of the 182 days currently allowed. Get Trump to sign that bill allowing us to stay an extra 2 months and we will all come.

    • Julie

      November 2, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      I totally agree Carole, we certainly add to the US economy by spending our winters there, and would love to stay longer. If the time restraints were changed more snowbirds would definitely return earlier resulting in more tourist dollars for the state.

  • Todd

    November 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I spend 5 weeks a year in SWF. I spend a lot of money in Florida. Perhaps if Canadians were treated better more would come. If I run out of American money while I’m down there it is virtually impossible to convert Canadian cash to American. IMPOSSIBLE! Banks won’t do it unless you have an account. Stores won’t do it because they don’t know how or can’t be bothered! Their loss! I own a food truck and I convert American money to Canadian all the time and I don’t rip anyone off. It’s called….wait for it…. customer service! If you businesses and banks would only provide an ounce of customer service perhaps more Canadians would come or maybe the ones who already come might spend a little bit more! I would.

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