New St. Pete/Clearwater Profiles Personalize Local Tourism Successes

'Six stories' Chronicles Tourism Partner Achievements as Area Heads for Record Year

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (August 27, 2012) - What does a former sponge diver in Tarpon Springs, a B&B owner in Gulfport, a tail-less dolphin in Clearwater and the Superintendent of Pinellas County's largest park have in common? 

They're all subjects of VSPC's new industry profile, Six Stories , and they each provide a different view of tourism industry success in the St Pete/Clearwater area this year. 

Designed specifically to hardwire tourism to one of the most popular recurring themes of any political gathering---the economy---Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's "Six Stories ," which launches today, puts the focus on a half dozen of our area's tourism industry successes, from Tarpon Springs to Fort De Soto. 

As representatives of the top employer and economic driver of both the State of Florida and the St. Pete/Clearwater area, these narratives provide personal snapshots of the overall health of St. Pete/Clearwater area tourism industry, which set a new record for collections in 2011 and is on track to set another record for 2012. 

"There are many industries that would like to be able to tell this kind of story," said David Downing, Deputy Director of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, "and we're very fortunate that tourism is one of them, especially since it's the top employer of the St. Pete Clearwater area." 

Situated on a peninsula that juts out into the Gulf of Mexico, the St Pete/Clearwater area is a patchwork of some two dozen municipalities, which collectively generate more than $6 billion in local tourism economic impact each year.

Highlights of Six Stories include: 

  • Fort De Soto Park: New $5 user fee reduces taxpayer burden---and increases visitation
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium study: $5 billion local impact expected from Warner Bros. 'Dolphin Tale'
  • Sponge Diver Supply: Tarpon Springs entrepreneur trades diving suit for hip clothing line
  • Gulfport: Former Bush West Wing staffer finds success trading RNC for B&B

Click here for the full release, along with stories, contact information and photos.

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.

For more information:

Contact: Deputy Director, David Downing: 
Phone: 727.464.7213