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2016 Tourism Luncheon

Television Chef and Culinary Educator Emily Ellyn, Known as the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network, to Keynote May 12 Event; 2016 Inductee Into Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame Will Be Honored.

The Tourism Luncheon will highlight the connection travelers have with cuisine and will feature keynote speaker Emily Ellyn, known as the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network. Members of the tourism industry are invited to attend the luncheon being held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda, Fla.). 

(5/13/2016): Capt. Ralph Allen was inducted into the Tourism Hall of Fame and the industry came together in celebration of culinary tourism in Charlotte County.  The VCB would like to sincerely thank all partners who participated.

We'll be announcing the date, location and theme of the 2017 tourism luncheon in the near future.  The event typically takes place in May.

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 Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, 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 CharlotteHarborTravel.com.