Monthly Archives: September 2010

Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau’s Marketing Program Receives Top Honors in Florida’s 2010 Flagler Awards

Charlotte Harbor VCB Tourism Director Becky Bovell Displays the Henry

Becky Bovell, Director for the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, Displays the Henry

Earlier this week, staff from the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau attended the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism. Much to our surprise, one of our marketing campaigns took home the coveted Henry during the 2010 Flagler Awards Dinner! To say we are excited and surprised is an understatement. Read the following media release distributed yesterday regarding the award. Continue reading

Allegiant Announces Nonstop, Low-Cost Travel Service Between Lexington and Punta Gorda Airport in Southwest Florida with Introductory $44.99* Fares

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Wow! The news from Allegiant keeps getting better this week! Monday we shared news about their new nonstop service between Greensboro, N.C., (GSO)  and the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) and yesterday we were happy to learn about new service between Grand Rapids, Mich. (GRR) and Charlotte County. Today we are over the MOON with news of yet another city now connected to Southwest Florida with nonstop flights, Lexington, K.Y. (LEX)!

Check out this media release from Allegiant announcing the new service. The airline also offers service from Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C. and Knoxville, Tenn.

We look forward to welcoming folks from all of these markets and invite them to take advantage of our good nature.

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Allegiant Announces Nonstop, Low-Cost Air Service Between Grand Rapids, Mich., and Southwest Florida

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 Yesterday we shared news about Allegiant Air’s new service between Greensboro, N.C., and the Punta Gorda Airport. Today we’re happy to share more good news, Allegiant is adding service between Grand Rapids and Southwest Florida!

Read the following release for details on air service and the special fare being offered.

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Celebrate Return of the White Pelicans with Special Vacation Packages in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida

 

White Pelicans in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida

White Pelicans in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, Florida

 

Thousands of distinctive White Pelicans, the area’s original “snowbirds,” return every October and November to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands, offering visitors a delightful look at these majestic creatures. To celebrate this migration, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau has arranged for special packages at area hotels and attractions.

Free golf with vacation home rental, hotel and kayak or boat tour packages, discounts on Ghost Tours, sea-themed jewelry, cooking classes and meal deals are among the specials available in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands during the migration of the White Pelicans.  Following are packages and specials celebrating the return of the white pelicans.

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Allegiant Announces Nonstop, Low-Cost Flights Between Greensboro, N.C. and Punta Gorda Airport in Southwest Florida, Intro Fares Begin at $39.99*

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We look forward to welcoming folks from the Greensboro, N.C., area to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands. Come on down to take advantage of our good nature!

Check out this media release about Allegiant Air’s new service and an amazing introductory airfare!
 
GREENSBORO, N.C. —Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced new, nonstop jet service between Greensboro, N.C., and the Fort Myers, Fla., area  begin Nov. 18. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will celebrate the new, low-cost service to the Charlotte County Airport, conveniently located on the Southwest Florida Coast, with sunny introductory fares as low as $39.99* each way. Continue reading

2010 Florida Main Street Annual Conference in Punta Gorda, Sept. 15 – 17

Dining at River City Grill, Downtown Punta Gorda, Florida

Dining at River City Grill, Downtown Punta Gorda, Florida

We extend a hearty welcome to those attending the 2010 Florida Main Street Annual Conference and Awards Dinner, Sept. 15 – 17 in downtown Punta Gorda. We are honored Florida Main Street is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands.

The two-day conference includes educational sessions presented by professionals from throughout Florida and the nation on topics ranging from economic development to tourism. The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center will serve as the hub of activity with off-site events and tours planned throughout the City.

Florida’s Secretary of State, Dawn K. Roberts, will be a featured speaker along with Mary Means, nationally known for her role in creating the National Main Street Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Main Street Punta Gorda has taken the lead in coordinating the conference and Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau staff has worked on the committee hosting the conference. Punta Gorda was selected as a Main Street Community in 2007.

Find more about Florida Main Street here.

Punta Gorda Voted Top Farmers Market in Florida!

We were elated to read results of the 2010 America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest coordinated by American Farmland Trust because the Downtown Punta Gorda Farmers Market was voted as the favorite market in Florida! It was also voted in the top 20 for small farmers markets in the United States. Very cool!

The Downtown Punta Gorda Farmers Market is held each Saturday 8 a.m. to noon (’til 1 p.m. Oct. – May), rain or shine on Taylor Street in front of the Old Historic Courthouse and into the Hector House Park and parking lot. Offers a full array of foods with some art-related vendors. Produce is varied including organic, some from small local farms and regular produce. Other food includes fresh pasta, seafood, meats, cheeses, baked goods, soups to go, citrus, jams and jellies, dried fruits and nuts, fresh cut flowers, plants and entertainment. The market allows folks to buy fresher and cheaper.

Again, congratulations to the Downtown Punta Gorda Farmers Market on its success.