PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (December 05, 2017) – The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau has released the economic impact data for the 2017 Florida International Air Show, held October 13 – 15 at the Punta Gorda Airport. Commissioned research suggests the three-day event generated an estimated $4.2 million benefiting Charlotte County, businesses and citizens. 

This figure is based off face-to-face interviews conducted with randomly selected visitors attending the Air Show. Of the 35,000 attendees, a quarter were Charlotte County residents, 63% were day-trippers, and 10% were overnight visitors. People who came to Charlotte County specifically to see the Air Show generated 1,100 room nights in area paid accommodations. 

These estimated figures are based on research the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau commissioned Research Data Services, Inc., of Tampa, to conduct during the event.

“We were happy to see the economic impact that the Florida International Airshow generated this year for Charlotte County,” says Tyler Ezzi, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida International Air Show. “The event was a success but there were a few challenges presented as the number of attendees was greater than anticipated. For 2018’s Show, we plan on improving the parking plan to include on-site parking, and providing more shaded areas for spectators.”

Celebrating its 36th year, the Florida International Air Show is a highly anticipated event for both visitors and locals alike. Attendees are presented with spectacular aerial shows where aircrafts of all kind perform in honor of our veterans. It is highlighted by family and aviation fan-friendly activities, musical acts, interactive displays, tasty treats, local vendors and more. 

The Florida International Air Show organization is a Florida “not for profit” corporation staffed entirely by volunteers. They present a yearly Air Show focused on wholesome family entertainment that is educational to all attendees in the areas of aviation and space. Next year’s Florida International Air Show is tentatively planned for October 19-21. Visit www.floridaairshow.com for additional information. 

ABOUT PUNTA GORDA / ENGLEWOOD BEACH
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach 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 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, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach 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 (PGD) 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 Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.
 
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Jennifer Huber                                                 
Tourism Public Relations Manager                                                           
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau                         

(941) 743-1900 or jennifer.huber@charlottecountyfl.gov
 
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