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Share A Little Sunshine

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By Trimmel Gomes

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Tallahassee, FL – Florida's tourism officials are asking for your help in boosting Florida's number one industry. They've kicked off a campaign to encourage residents to invite their friends and family to visit Florida. One of the big draws is the beach, and that's exactly where they re-launched the "Share A Little Sunshine" campaign.

With Miami's famous South Beach as the backdrop, Governor Charlie Crist said, "It's important to get the word out about how beautiful our state is. I mean here we are in the middle of February, and it couldn't be prettier. The sun is out. It's absolutely glorious. We want all of our friends from New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan to come down and visit Florida."

Crist says it's all about strengthening our economy, by encouraging each and every person to invite a friend or a loved one to the sunshine state. The state's tourism arm, Visit Florida, estimates that for every eighty-five visitors, one job is created. Chris Thompson is president of Visit Florida.

"It's going to take all of us to do our part and to make it happen. Collectively, all 18-million that live in Florida can make a huge difference in the state."

When someone refers a friend through http://www.visitflorida.com/share/, both parties get special offers and are eligible for giveaways. Tourism generates about $65-billion for the state.