Tourism

Vacation Rental Company Expands to Anna Maria Island

The vacation rental management company Vacasa and Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc. recently forged a new partnership.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Number of Visitors, Economic Impact of Tourists Both Up

More than 1.2 million visitors stayed overnight in a paid lodging in Sarasota County during Visit Sarasota County's most recent fiscal year.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Sarasota Travel Agent Named Top Specialist for Southern Africa

Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel was recently named a travel specialist for the 14th consecutive year by Condé Nast Traveler.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Tourist Development Tax Collections Hit New High

The Sarasota County tax collector's office collected almost $21.3 million in Tourist Development Tax money during its most recent fiscal year.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Tourism

World Rowing Championships Generated $18.7 Million in Local Economic Impact

Organizers had predicted that the event would generate $25 million in economic impact for the region.

11/16/2017 By Staff

Get Well Here

Sarasota's Medical Tourism Sector Faces Opportunities and Challenges

Florida sees between 300,000 and 400,000 medical tourists each year—activity that generates $6 billion in medical expenditures alone.

11/15/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Retail

New Electric Bike Store Opens

Pedego bikes have motors that help riders cruise distances of 20 to 60 miles without growing tired and sweaty.

11/01/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Nonstop Service From Sarasota to White Plains, New York Begins Next Week

Elite Airways will begin offering nonstop service between Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and White Plains, New York, on Friday, Nov. 10.

10/31/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Longboat Key Resort Ranked No. 5 in the State

The Resort at Longboat Key Club was recently ranked as the fifth best Florida resort in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

10/26/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Sustainable Tourism Conference Starts Thursday

The four-day event celebrates the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism.

10/23/2017 By Staff

Tourism

How Local Travel Agents Stay Relevant in the Era of Online Everything

Ryan and Malaka Hilton say travel agents offer plenty of advantages.

10/06/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Tourism

Downtown Sarasota Ghost Tours Start Oct. 12

The tours will include supernatural stories that range from Sarasota's bootlegging and circus days to modern times.

10/02/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Selby Gardens Unveils $67 Million Long-Term Site Plan

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens released details of a 10-year, $67 million master site plan created to increase green space at the gardens by 50 percent.

10/02/2017 By Staff

Retail

Bradenton Brewery Expanding

Motorworks Brewing last week added a slew of new equipment and is adding more in the weeks to come, with plans to double its production capacity.

09/26/2017 By Staff

Food

Restaurant Chain Closes Original Location, Opens New Eatery Nearby

Gecko’s Hospitality Group recently closed its original Gecko’s Grill & Pub location at The Landings and opened a new location down the road.

09/25/2017 By Staff

Hospitality

Sarasota Restaurant Reopens After Remodel

Sarasota's TooJay’s now has a counter area with nine seats, as well as more contemporary details throughout.

09/21/2017 By Staff

Honors

Bayfront 20:20 Leader to Be Recognized as 'Boundary Crosser'

Michael's on East co-proprietor Michael Klauber will be honored with the 2017 Boundary Crosser leadership award by SCOPE.

09/20/2017 By Staff

Retail

'Shoptember' Returns

Visit Sarasota County is again partnering with stores and shopping districts for Shoptember, a month-long promotion intended to encourage retail business.

09/01/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Report Puts Economic Impact of Powerboat Grand Prix at $36.2 Million

That's down from last year's impact, which was measured at $37.2 million.

09/01/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Selby Gardens Elects New Board Leaders

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens recently appointed new officers to its governing board of trustees.

08/31/2017 By Staff