Winter 2013 Event Attracted More than
5,700 Participants and Attendees

CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (May 9, 2013) –Today the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau released economic impact data for the 5th Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic held February 15 - March 17, 2013, at various Charlotte County ballparks.

The collegiate tournament generated an estimated $5.1 million in direct expenditures as a result of 5,796 participants, spectators and members of the media staying within Charlotte County. The average length of stay per party was six nights. Twenty-three Division I and 17 Division III colleges participated in the 2013 tournament.

The 2013 tournament was played on the ball fields of Charlotte High School, North Charlotte Regional Park, and South County Regional Park. Two games played at the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, between South Dakota State University and the Ohio State University and Mount St. Mary’s and the Ohio State University. The tournament has grown over the years and games were also played at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

The Snowbird Baseball Classic’s Southwest Florida location and climate is ideal for NCAA Division I and III baseball to begin the competitive season. Registrations are being accepted for the 6th Annual Snowbird Baseball Classic scheduled for Feb. 14 – March 31, 2014.

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 one of “Top Ten Places to Retire Healthy” by U.S. News & World Report. Englewood was 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, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B104, 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 Web site at www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com.

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Contacts:
Snowbird Baseball Classic: Steve Partington, Tournament Director, 614-306-5155 orsteve@snowbirdbaseball.com

Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau: Jennifer Huber, TMP, Tourism Public Relations Manager, 941-743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottefl.com

Charlotte Harbor Visitor
& Convention Bureau
18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1900, FAX: 941-764-4932
www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com