CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Oct. 08, 2015) – The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau website has been acknowledged for its creative excellence on the web by being awarded a Silver W3 Award in the Tourism category. The website, CharlotteHarborTravel.com, was redesigned and launched in April 2015, by Simpleview, the global leader of sales and marketing solutions for destination marketing organizations. 

The redesigned website is visually rich and contains content and photography produced by local writers and photographers. The site is fully mobile responsive and features a new, commission-free booking engine making it easier for visitors to book their accommodations online. The commission-free structure means accommodations are not paying commissions to online travel agencies. Members of Charlotte County’s tourism industry can easily update their listings on the website and add photography and video through the new partner extranet. 

Sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms, the W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the web. Visit www.aiva.org for a full member list and visit www.w3award.com for additional information about the W3 Awards. 

Each year, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or eco-tourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

About Simpleview
Simpleview is the travel and tourism industry's leading provider of CRM, CMS, website design, search marketing, revenue generation, and mobile technologies for destination marketing organizations (DMOs). The company employs 175+ staff and works with more than 375 customers in North America and around the world.

An image of the website homepage is available at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/kjy7aotvallgqrq/CharlotteHarborTravel%20com-Screenshot.jpg?dl=0 

Images of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands are available at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y4b3z3dvkmiea1k/AAAJyaBa9QBc4TqLDJ0HQlFQa?dl=0 
 

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, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014 Port Charlotte was been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of 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.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with commercial, private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.

CONTACT:
Jennifer Huber Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
(941) 743-1900
jennifer.huber@charlottecountyfl.gov