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Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry... hotels, attractions, restaurants or shopping, are the face of the visitor experience... but the people that work in this industry, are the backbone.  

Event Development Program, Research and other tourism industry information may be found in the menu to the left.

As part of our partnership with Visit Florida, we are pleased to continue a customer service training program, which can be found on the left in navigation "Training" or by clicking here.

If you are any business that relies on tourism (as defined by Florida Florida Statute 125.0104) - and you don't already have a listing on the VCB website, feel free to create an account and no-cost listing on our website.  If you do have a listing and want to make changes, receive B2B leads, etc.--  you can log-in here or call (941) 743-1900 for assistance in getting your account re-activated.

Red Tide industry support can be found here.

Google My Business "Red Tide" Focused Workshop

In Market Workshop:
Date and Time: February 1, 2019 - 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Waverly Restaurant & Bar’s banquet room on Manasota Key


  • Claiming and managing your account
  • Obtaining and responding to reviews and questions about red tide
  • Adding new photography
  • Adding 360 images & video
  • Removing poor photos from your listing
  • Understanding Local Guides
  • Leveraging Posts and Q&A to share current conditions

Attendance for the In-Market workshop is extremely limited, please sign up early to reserve your seat.  Limit to 2 attendees per business.

Workshop Registration Here.


About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast

Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "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." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at