Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Fla. (July 15, 2011) – VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning, has awarded a Cultural Heritage and Nature Tourism Marketing Grant in the amount of $2,500 to the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau for the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year, which began July 1, 2011.
“The purpose of these grants is to help non-profit entities and local governments stretch their tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida,” said Christopher Thompson, President & CEO for VISIT FLORIDA.
The matching grant will be used to host journalists on a media research trip highlighting Charlotte County’s nature-based tourism opportunities.
“Editorial coverage is one of the most cost-efficient and effective ways to reach potential visitors. This grant will help us better position and market Charlotte County as a desirable vacation destination,” said Lorah Steiner, Director of the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau. “We are pleased VISIT FLORIDA and its Board of Directors selected the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau from among a large number of grant applicants during their most competitive grant cycle to date.”
About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands offers a pristine unspoiled beauty that has served as the backdrop for seven major feature films as well as countless memorable vacations. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named to SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” The city of Punta Gorda was named in 2009 as one of “Top Ten Places to Retire Healthy” by U.S. News & World Report. Englewood, Fla. was just named as #2 of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com.
For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, 18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 502, Port Charlotte, FL 33948; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor’s Guide; or visit the website at www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.
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Tourism Public Relations Manager
Tel: (941) 743-1900
Charlotte Harbor Visitor
& Convention Bureau
18501 Murdock Circle, Suite 502
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-743-2245