St. Pete/Clearwater in National Spotlight TONIGHT

Area Featured as "Getaway" on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

Monday, November 26, 2012

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (November 26, 2012) - The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area will be featured in tonight's episodeof ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" ("Watson Family"), which will air from 9-11 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC affiliates across the country.

As part of its worldwide tourism promotion efforts, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC)worked with the producers of the showearlier this year to feature the area as the "getaway" destination for the Watson Family while their home in Knoxville, TN, was being rebuilt.

The extended Watson Family (pictured) stayed at the Tradewinds Island Grand Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach in January of 2012, along with show producers and crew, while they explored various locations throughout the area. Their experiences in the St. Pete/Clearwater area will air tonight as part of the special, two-hour episode following the finale of "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars".

"This is an immensely popular show, with a positive, feel-good message," said VSPC Executive Director DT Minich. "It's exactly the kind of family-friendly brand association we endeavor to make in order to increase our area's national and international profile."

VSPC's other recent national and international promotions have included major brands such as Subway, Tropical Smoothie and Burger King.

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

For more information:

Contact: Deputy Director, David Downing:

Phone: 727.464.7213