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Gov. Rick Scott holds a 'work day' at Tampa airport

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Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 03:14 AM
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Gov. Rick Scott tried out his customer service skills today at Tampa International Airport, working alongside airport employees.

It was the eighth "Let's Get to Work!" day for the governor, who was elected in 2010 on a job-creation platform.

By spending the day at the airport, the governor put a focus on tourism, which his office says accounted for $67.3 billion in direct economic impact to Florida last year.

"Tourism remains a top job creator and a leading driver of Florida's rebounding economy," Scott said in a news release. "Florida's tourism success is directly linked to the people who work at our airports to help our visitors have a great travel experience."

The governor spent time in the communications center this morning. After lunch with airport employees, he worked behind a Southwest Airlines ticket counter. He then served as a skycap, greeting visitors and carrying their luggage.

The day included one significant break for official duties. Shortly after noon, Air Force One landed at the airport, bringing President Barack Obama to Tampa for a speech on international trade. Scott, along with Mayor Bob Buckhorn and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, greeted the president as he disembarked from the plane.

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