Premier Travel Show to ‘Huddle’ in Clearwater

International buyers, statewide industry reps converge on area to speak sunshine

Friday, January 22, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (January 22, 2010) - Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) is rolling out the red carpet and sprucing up the palm trees as one of the premier gatherings of tour operators and suppliers makes its way to Clearwater this weekend.

Florida Huddle, a three-day appointment-based show, takes place January 24-26 at Clearwater’s Harborview Center, drawing tourism representatives from Europe, Asia, Canada, South America and the U.S. 

Unique among trade shows, Huddle is designed to focus solely on the Sunshine State, bringing domestic and international buyers seeking Florida's products to the table with Florida's sellers.

Beyond the show floor, Huddle serves as a conduit for long-lasting connections---both business and social.

The VSPC Leisure Department will meet with 40 to 50 buyers during the show to update them on what’s new in the destination. 

With the event in our own backyard, our local industry will be hosting a distinguished group of buyers and industry-leading journalists, as well as conducting two pre-show international sales FAMs. 

Sunday’s welcome event comes in the form of a —Progressive Reception,” with the group making stops at the Sandpearl Resort, the Clearwater Hilton and the Sheraton Sand Key.

The show swings into action on Monday with the first day of appointments and a press conference featuring Lynn Warren, President and CEO, Florida Huddle; DT Minich, Executive Director, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater; Bill Lupfer, President and CEO, Florida Attractions Association and others.

Later that evening, Huddlers will get a sneak-peek at the brand-new Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, which will open its doors for the first-time to host a poolside reception.

The Holiday Inn & Suites on Clearwater Beach will host a media breakfast Tuesday, where VSPC’s Public Relations team will give journalists from around the globe a virtual FAM tour and share the latest news and developments in the St. Pete/Clearwater area. 

Florida Huddle remains the only trade show in the world owned and operated by Floridians dedicated to bringing buyers interested in Florida to meet in Florida with Florida's sellers. 

For more information on Florida Huddle, visit 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information:
Contact: Public Relations Manager Josh Hall:
Phone: 727.464.7223

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