Key Tourism Partners from Clearwater, Florida to Visit Major Source Markets

March 11, 2011

Tourism representatives from Clearwater, Fla will visit Milwaukee and Las Vegas in March to host two large scale educational travel trade events. The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is leading these missions along with support from the St. Pete/Clearwater CVB and a number of hotel partners. The goal for both The Mark Travel Corporation and Allegiant Air visits is to educate their reservation teams and agents about Clearwater, one of the top US beach destinations.

More than 100 agents are set to attend the sales mission at Mark Travel in Milwaukee, taking place on March 15. Included in the event is a day of presentations, a trade show style exhibition and extensive networking. Participating hotels include the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, Sandpearl Resort, Sheraton Sand Key, and Tradewinds Island Resort. One of the key Mark Travel vacation companies is Southwest Airlines Vacations, which is one of the largest carriers into Tampa International Airport.

The event in Las Vegas with Allegiant Air will take place March 29 and the focus will be on introducing the reservations team to the unique selling points of Clearwater. Participating properties are the Hilton Clearwater Beach, Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach, Marriott Clearwater Beach on Sand Key, Sandpearl Resort, Sheraton Sand Key, Sunset Vistas and Tradewinds Island Resort. Also traveling on this mission will be representatives from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE). Allegiant Air is the largest carrier into PIE. 


An important addition in Las Vegas will be the presence of Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, leading the charge on behalf of the City, and proving the point that tourism is of utmost importance to the City and the area.     
Clearwater is located along Florida’s breathtaking Gulf Coast, also easily accessible from Tampa International Airport and other key Florida destinations. It is a top, year round destination for beach lovers, and is especially pedestrian-friendly with the recent addition of the Beach Walk promenade. This provides the perfect path to Pier 60 for the nightly sunset festivals of music and art.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s most notorious resident, Winter the dolphin, will soon star alongside Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd in “Dolphin Tale”, the full-length motion picture about her extraordinary life. Phillies’ Spring Training at Bright House Field is a highlight for any baseball fan and nearby Lenny’s Restaurant has been a favorite fan and player stomping ground for more than 30 years. Caladesi Island, a pristine state park and one of Florida’s last remaining completely natural islands, is just a couple miles off-shore and a place of undisturbed natural beauty that can actually be reached on foot during low tide.

About Clearwater
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business travelers, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather and great dining, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.  www.visitclearwaterflorida.com
 

About Clearwater
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.

www.visitclearwaterflorida.com