Lee Daniel

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More people are expected to visit Florida this year than ever before. But while tourism is the No. 1 industry in the state, its impact in the capital city remains relatively small. Local officials are hoping to attract more visitors to Tallahassee with new entertainment and dining complexes, outdoor festivals and a historic site commemorating America’s first Christmas.

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The second annual Capital Cuisine Restaurant Week and Concert Series was successful at bringing in big tourism dollars, Leon County officials say. The event is part of a greater strategy to paint Tallahassee as a culinary destination.

Lee Daniel directs the Leon County Tourism Development Department. He said, people will travel long distances for good dining experiences. And the 38 restaurants that participated in May’s Capital Cuisine event showed that.