Industry Update

December 19, 2019

Welcome Note from New VSPC President & CEO

I'm honored to be back in the Tampa Bay area and appreciate the warm welcome I've received during my first week. It's a privilege to join this rock star team and continue the organization's success and position as a leader in the industry. I look forward to working with all of you and will actively seek your input as I feel collaboration and listening is a key to Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's future potential.

- Steve Hayes, VSPC President & CEO

Erik the Travel Guy: Beyond Your Backyard

We’ve got the perfect holiday TV viewing for you…St. Pete/Clearwater’s national debut on PBS’ Beyond your Backyard with Erik the Travel Guy airs in 85% of U.S. households at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 27. The more than 25-minute episode features our vibrant arts scene, including a tour with local muralist Derek Donnelly and glass blowing at Morean’s Glass Studio in St. Pete. The show is also promoting a social sweepstakes giving viewers a chance to win a trip for two to St. Pete/Clearwater.

Florida Tourism Day - January 22, 2020

Join your tourism colleagues at the Florida Capitol to educate the legislature, media and all Floridians about the importance of Florida's tourism industry. This event is the perfect opportunity to let your lawmakers know just how vital tourism is to our state and how crucial it is for them to support Florida's No. 1 industry and VISIT FLORIDA. 

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Sunny the Elf Vacations on America's Best Beaches

This holiday season, Sunny the Elf took a break from the North Pole to enjoy some sunshine on America's Best Beaches! In a series of daily social posts, Sunny has managed to share his antics on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels for a quirky holiday social 'takeover.' Follow along to see what kind of mischief he's been getting up to in St. Pete/Clearwater!

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Get Discovered in VISIT FLORIDA's New Plan Your Visit App

VISIT FLORIDA recently launched the Plan Your Visit app, available from your smart device's app store and accessible on VISITFLORIDA's desktop website. This new took allows travelers a geographic look at the state with options to discover businesses and destinations for them to eplore. Let's compel Florida travelers to visit the best places to Eat & Drink in St. Pete/Clearwater by being visible on this platform. Simply complete this short form for a listing that will allow your business to be featured in the Eat/Drink section of VISIT FLORIDA's Plan Your Visit app. 

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