TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida’s embattled tourism agency handed out multi-million contracts to a federal partnership run by a former agency executive and for a cooking show with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.
Visit Florida offered few details about what the state received in return for the $9.1 million paid to the Brand USA federal partnership led by Christopher L. Thompson, The Naples Daily News reported Saturday.
Thompson once ran Visit Florida and hired the agency executive who later gave Thompson’s Brand USA contracts for international advertising.
Pitbull released the contract in the wake of a lawsuit filed by the Florida House.
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