We’re thrilled to welcome back international visitors with the first flight from British Airways arriving from the U.K. this week. In addition, President/CEO Steve Hayes, returned late last week from a VISIT FLORIDA CEO Leadership Mission in Colombia where he joined five other Florida DMO’s and met with airline CEOs and luxury travel advisors. As the temperatures cool down and the holidays are upon us, we look forward to what’s to come in these last two months of 2021.

This is your last chance before the Visit St. Pete/Clearwater’s 2022 Cooperative Advertising Program opportunities sail into the sunset! Remaining opportunities include our share-of-voice email program, programmatic display campaigns, Dunhill and AFAR email deals, and more. 

Gulp Coast Digital Passport Launches

As of Nov. 1, we've launched the Gulp Coast Digital Passport. This new experience lets users check into breweries through mobile devices to take advantage of unique deals and redeem prizes. We're offering a chance to win a "Gulp Coast Beercation" to all participants that sign up for passport and check into three breweries by Jan. 2, 2022. Following a successful activations effort at Beer at the Pier, we already have nearly 900 users in the passport program and 370 brewery check-ins!

Remembering Winter the Dolphin

Thousands of friends have shared their stories and remembrances following the passing of the beloved Clearwater Marine Aquarium resident, Winter the dolphin. If you haven't yet, visit rememberingwinter.com to share your memories and/or donations to honor her legacy.

This Saturday and Sunday, admission to CMA will be reduced to $16 in honor of Winter’s 16 years of life. At 7 p.m. Saturday, a private memorial will be held for all CMA community partners and elected officials. You can join virtually on WintertheDolphin.com, Facebook or YouTube where the event will be live-streamed.

TPA Welcomes Back International Guests with Buccaneers

Friendly pirates were there to greet Tampa International Airport’s first international travelers since the start of the pandemic. British Airways Flight 2167 marked an important step toward the region's economic recovery, and guests were greeted like royalty. The flight was fully-booked.

MAACM Featured on Forbes.com

Resulting from VSPC’s recent media relations efforts, the destination was highlighted in a recent Forbes.com piece titled, "Museum Of American Arts And Crafts Movement Builds On St. Pete, Florida’s Reputation As Arts Destination." The in-depth piece details St. Pete’s arts scene and highlights the cultural richness of Tarpon Springs.

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