Industry Press Releases

Gatorland Breaks Ground For $2.5 Million Park Expansion, Largest Since Opening in 1949

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | 0 comments

ORLANDO, Florida (April 19, 2017) –  Complete with swamp dust, fireworks and fanfare, Gatorland®, the “Alligator Capital of the World,” officially broke ground today for a $2.5 million park expansion, the largest since opening in 1949.  The brand-new Gator Joe’s Adventure Outpost and Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure are slated to open in early Fall 2017. Making an entrance on one of the 12-foot high, custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for the new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure, Gatorland President & CEO, Mark McHugh, exclaimed, “You...

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ARTS & TOURISM TO BE CELEBRATED DURING ANNUAL CHARLOTTE COUNTY TOURISM INDUSTRY LUNCHEON AND HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | 0 comments

PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (April 10, 2017) – Creative placemaking improves a community’s quality of life, economic health and tourism development. To emphasize the importance of arts and tourism, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast tourism community will come together Friday, May 12, at the Englewood Event Center to celebrate the importance of a creative community during the annual Tourism Luncheon and Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame Induction. The signature annual event of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau will feature Maestro Raffaele Livio...

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THE WYVERN HOTEL IN PUNTA GORDA, FLORIDA JOINS CONDÉ NAST JOHANSENS COLLECTION

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | 0 comments

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (April 04, 2017) – Steps away from the Peace River in downtown Punta Gorda, Fla., is a full service 63-room boutique hotel with a rooftop pool that fuses European grace with South Florida charm. Housed in a glorious art-deco edifice and home of the popular Perch 360 restaurant is one of Southwest Florida’s sophisticated accommodations, the Wyvern Hotel. Recently, the hotel became the sole Southwest Florida hotel in the Condé Nast Johansens collection and one of 27 in the United States. The Condé Nast Johansens collection is an invitation-only travel reference guide popular...

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Orlando Sanford Inaugurates Nonstop Flights from Aruba on Surinam Airways

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Orlando Sanford Inaugurates Nonstop Flights from Aruba on Surinam Airways

Sanford, FL, April 3, 2017 – Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) and Surinam Airways announce the start today of scheduled nonstop service from Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA) in Aruba. The flight originated from Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport (PBM) in Paramaribo, Suriname with a stop in Aruba before its schedule arrival into SFB at 4:30 PM. The flight pre-clears U.S. Customs & Immigration in Aruba so will arrive into SFB as a ‘domestic’ flight. Dignitaries scheduled to arrive on the inaugural flight today include: Members of the Aruba Parliament Surinam...

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Panama City Beach Reports Tourism Increase for February

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Panama City Beach Reports Tourism Increase for February

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., April 4, 2017 – Visit Panama City Beach and the Bay County Tourist Development Council announce an all-time record in tourism development tax collections for Panama City Beach for the month of February. Collections for the month of February 2017 were up 10.0 percent compared to February 2016, and the destination is currently up 14.5 percent for the fiscal year, which began October 2016. These numbers represent the highest bed tax collection numbers ever for the month of February in Panama City Beach. Bed tax collection numbers are the most accurate gauge available to...

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY TDC MAKES FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2017 & FY 2018 EVENTS

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on CHARLOTTE COUNTY TDC MAKES FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER 2017 & FY 2018 EVENTS

PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (March 28, 2017) – The Charlotte County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is pleased to announce the Charlotte County Event Develop Program (EDP) is now accepting applications for new events taking place in the summer of 2017 and Fiscal Year 2018. The EDP provides funding to assist in the development of new events occurring between May 1 through Sept. 30, 2017 (Summer 2017), and Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018 (Fiscal Year 2018). The primary objectives of EDP are to attract overnight visitors to Charlotte County and promote Charlotte County as a tourism...

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