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Hillsborough, Pinellas tourism officials taking aim at slow fall season

Tampa Bay's tourism agencies have called an audible during the traditionally slow fall season: For the first time, both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are actively marketing the Tampa Bay region during September, October and November. Hillsborough County's tourism agency, Visit Tampa Bay, this week launched its …

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  1. Norwegian Cruise Line to buy Prestige Cruises for $3.03 billion

    Tourism

    Associated Press (2013)

    Norwegian Cruise Line, whose ship Breakaway is shown in December in Manhattan, is sailing into the luxury sector by buying high-end Prestige Cruises International for $3.03 billion. The deal will give Miami-based Norwegian, which counts Tampa among its home ports, access to …

    FILE - In a Dec. 1, 2013 aerial file photo, the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway is berthed on the westside of Manhattan in New York. Norwegian Cruise Line is getting into the luxury cruise business by acquiring Prestige Cruises International in a deal worth about $3 billion. Shares of Norwegian jumped more than 14 percent before the opening bell Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file) NY109
  2. Auto industry shows worrying signs, analysts say

    Autos

    DETROIT — Big discounts. Six- or seven-year loans, in some cases to buyers who would have been turned down in the past.

    FILE - In this Wednesday, May 8, 2013 file photo, a row of new 2013 Ford Fusions are on display at an automobile dealership in Zelienople, Pa. As the auto industry strives to sustain its post-recession comeback, car companies are resorting to tactics that some experts warn will lead to trouble down the road.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) NY107
  3. Halliburton reaches $1B gulf oil spill settlement

    Energy

    NEW YORK — Halliburton agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle what it calls "a substantial portion" of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    FILE - SEPTEMBER 2, 2014: It was reported that Halliburton has reached a $1.1 billion settlement for a majority of claims against the company for its role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 September 2, 2014. GULF OF MEXICO - JUNE 25:  The Transocean Discoverer Enterprise drillship burns off gas collected at the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on June 25, 2010. An approaching tropical disturbance may force collecting operations involving ships and other siphoning equipment to be temporarily halted.  This may cause oil to flow unchecked from the well until the weather improves and siphoning operations can be restored.   (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) 503816393
  4. Lutz businesswoman brings 'futuristic photo booth' to parties

    Business

    LUTZ — For a decade, Deb Fry managed military contracts at U.S. Central Command on MacDill Airforce Base.

    Then the war ended.

    Deb Fry, 58, owns a TapSnap franchise. Guests at parties stand in front of a camera mounted to a 42-inch monitor for photo-ops.
  5. Hillsborough, Pinellas tourism officials taking aim at slow fall season

    Tourism

    Tampa Bay's tourism agencies have called an audible during the traditionally slow fall season: For the first time, both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties are actively marketing the Tampa Bay region during September, October and November.

    Hillsborough County’s tourism agency is targeting this ad at 
people in places that get cold.
  6. Florida trails smaller states as an exporter of goods

    Airlines

    Goods exported from Florida supported more than 275,000 jobs last year, putting it on the top 10 list but below a handful of much smaller states, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

  7. Pinellas County real estate transactions for Sept. 5

    Real Estate

    BELLEAIR

    200 Ocala Rd., to David L. Frecker & Carol A. Frecker by Joann Alfriend & Brian Smith, $570,000, 06-27-2014.

  8. One Call Care laying off 99 in Tampa

    Working Life

    One Call Care Management plans to lay off 99 workers and close its Tampa facility, according to a layoff noticed filed with the state.

  9. Centerplate removes CEO after dog-kicking scandal (w/video)

    Business

    A food distributor with bay area ties has announced the resignation and replacement of its CEO in the wake of a viral video showing him repeatedly kicking a dog on an elevator.

    Centerplate announced Tuesday morning that CEO Desmond Hague had resigned from the company. [Centerplate]
  10. In ranks of selling real estate, a scarcity of black Realtors and brokers

    Real Estate

    When Marcus Martin looks back on his years selling commercial real estate in Tampa, he's struck by how unusual that was.

    Veteran Realtor Fayola Goldstone, 36, has already sold twice as many homes this year as the typical U.S. Realtor does in a year.