NBC’s Today Editor Names St. Pete/Clearwater This Winter’s —Hot Spot”

Peter Greenberg cites area’s climate, culture as antidote to —theme park chaos”

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

St. Petersburg/Clearwater, FL – November 6, 2007 – Travel guru and NBC’s Today Show Travel Editor Peter Greenberg has put the St. Pete/Clearwater Area on his short list of top —affordable and unique” getaways for the upcoming winter season. 

In an MSNBC.com article entitled —Beat the chill (and crowds) with 4 hot winter trips”, Greenberg advised travelers to skip Central Florida’s —theme park chaos” and head to the St. Pete/Clearwater Area instead, lauding not only the area’s favorable temperatures, but cultural offerings like the Salvador Dali Museum and Weedon Island Preserve as well.

Destinations in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina rounded out the top four, making St. Petersburg/Clearwater the only —closer to home” domestic getaway on the list.

For his choice of noteworthy accommodations, Greenberg selected the historic Dickens House Bed & Breakfast for its —First Night” New Year’s Eve package and Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club, where packages include 18 holes on any of their four championship courses.

A nod from Greenberg is exciting news to local tourism officials, since he remains perhaps the country’s most influential travel authority.

—This type of international recognition is a huge compliment, and a great way to kick off the upcoming travel season, too,” said DT Minich, Executive Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. —We’re always happy when someone of his stature shines the travel spotlight on us.” 

To view the article, please click on http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/16486761/

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