CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (July 01, 2015) – The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is proud to announce Chip Futch, Director of Marketing, has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Advertising and Internet Committee for a one-year term beginning July 1. Visit Florida is the state’s official tourism marketing corporation. 

Mr. Futch joined the Charlotte Harbor VCB in 2013. Visit Florida’s Advertising and Internet Committee provides the primary source of industry input, counsel and feedback on strategic matters related to Visit Florida’s domestic and international cooperative and dedicated efforts in direct marketing and advertising, including digital and internet marketing.

Visit Florida’s Board of Directors established the Marketing Council Steering Committee to enhance industry involvement.  It’s made up of eight discipline-based committees – Advertising and Internet; Communications; Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature; Industry Relations; International; Meetings & Travel Trade; Promotions; and Visitor Services. Committee members are volunteers and represent Visit Florida board members and tourism industry partners who have an expertise or interest in the committee disciplines. 

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.

Download an image of Mr. Chip Futch through this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rsjim4uxv0nf4x1/ChipFutch-hi%20res.jpg?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 has 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 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.
 
CONTACTS:
Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager                                  
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau            
(941) 743-1900   
Cell: (850) 228-2272                                                     
Jennifer.Huber@charlottecountyfl.gov  

Mary Jane Kolassa / Cindy Dobyns
Above Water Public Relations & Marketing
(407) 463-0040 / (239) 596-9149
JMJKolassa@AboveWater.com  / CDobyns@AboveWater.com