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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR Y ."f
As taped for radio release the week of
January 15, 1962
It's time to "Ask the Governor," When Governor Bryant wers
questions based on letters and comments from Florida citizens. ~-
QUESTION: Governor, to start with, what are the prospects for
the 1962 tourist season in Florida?
GOVERNOR: I don't think there can be any doubt that we will
have, barring some international complication over which, of course,
we have no control, the finest season in 1962 we have ever had. I
know that for many attractions from which I have already heard they
are setting new records and, of course, we are beginning to tap the
European market in a way that we never have done before. These
factors, combined with general prosperity around the country and
the increased readiness of Florida attractions and service managers
to take advantage of this situation, mean good business for
QUESTION: What do you think the effect of this good season
will be on Florida's economy?
GOVERNOR: One thing about Florida's tourist business of which
we are certain is that the benefits of it flood out into every
avenue of economic life. It's like good red corpuscles in the
artery of Florida's economic veins. Tourism puts money in the
government's tax coffers that helps us build roads with gasoline
tax revenues. The sales tax provides the monies on which we operate
schools and provide the essential services of government. And then,
of course, it supports the wages of the people. It builds up the
construction industry. I can think of very, very few industries or
avenues of Florida economic life that are not benefited by a good
QUESTION: There has been a nip to the air of late that some
have described as downright cool. How much effect do you think that
chilly weather has on tourism in Florida?
GOVERNOR: Well, of course, everything is relative when you
talk about weather. To a man that's looking out of his window at
snow-covered streets and who is having to slush his way to work or
to play, if he has that opportunity, through the sleet, the sunshine
of Florida is a wonderful thing to see even though it may be a
little cooler than we who live here in Florida think it ought to be,
And then these cool spells are rather transient -- it drops down
for a day cr two at the most and bounces right back to the bathing
suit weather that we like to boast about.
QUESTION: Last fall you sought tourists from overseas on a
trip that took you to several European countries. Will there be
much in the way of affect from that trip that will be felt in
Florida in 1962?
GOVERNOR: Well, of course, it is hard to measure those things.
I don't have any flat category for measurements, but I do have the
report of one U Drive It agency, for instance, to the effect that
for the first time in their history they are having reservations
from Europe. In this particular instance, they had had 13 car
reservations where they had never had any before. Then I received
a letter the other day from one of the major hotels in one of
Florida's northern cities in which they said that they have already
enjoyed visits from several persons referred to them by certain of
the travel agencies in Europe with whom we had contact. I am
confident that these are but symbolic of the broader benefits that
we can expect to enjoy as a result not only of that trip, but of
the continuing and increasing promotional activities of the Florida
QUESTION: Do you think it likely that trips of that sort will
be repeated during the remaining years of your term?
GOVERNOR: I would hope so.. I would hope that not only the
Governor of Florida, but leading businessmen and many others would
take advantage of the improved interest in Europe for travel in
Florida to make trips there which will result in promoting new
trade for this state. I know the Florida Tourism Steering Committee,
for instance, has been thinking a lot about activity in this
direction and that is an aggressive and very promotion-minded group
that is doing Florida a great deal of good.
QUESTION: Would you say that this is symbolic of Florida's
new approach to tourism?
GOVERNOR: It is. We all join hands to do the job in a way
better than it has ever been done before.
Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general interest
that you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot
it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor,"
Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which
has made available this time in the public interest. Be with us
again next week when again we "Ask the Governor."