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

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

Party City

Sarasota's Catering Business Booms

As Sarasota tourism surges, the catering business booms.

06/07/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker

No Place to Call Home

The Growing Affordable Housing Crisis

We’ve compiled statistics to provide a snapshot of our affordable housing challenge and asked some experts to shed light on the growing crisis.

03/13/2017 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Brad Baker

Tourism

Whiskey Festival Now America's Largest

Sarasota's fifth annual Whiskey Obsession festival, scheduled to take place March 29-April 1, will make the event the "largest world whiskey festival" in the United States.

02/14/2017 By Staff

Eating Habits

Culinary Travelers Are Putting Sarasota and Manatee on the Food Map

Here's a look at our tourists' eating habits.

11/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Tourism Beat

Visitor Bureaus are Creating Strategies to Ease Drive Time in Season

Think traffic in Sarasota and Manatee counties gets worse every year? You’re not wrong.

10/20/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Food

Chiles Restaurants Earn TripAdvisor Certificate

The Sandbar, the Beach House and Mar Vista Dockside were recently recognized by TripAdvisor as recipients of its 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

06/13/2016 Research by Staff

Tourism Beat

An Insider's Guide to Sarasota

Today’s tourists want an insider’s experience.

05/06/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Handcrafted Success

JMX Brands CEO Jim Miller Shares His Strategy for Success

Jim Miller's fast-growing JMX Brands uses technology to sell Amish furniture.

04/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Evan Sigmund

Making It Real

Ringling College Collaboratory Offers Students Professional Experience

In late 2014 the college formalized its commitment to providing every student on campus with professional experience.

03/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Biz Supports

Ponies for Pups Raises Money for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

One look at any of the adorable puppies at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and you'll understand why we support Ponies for Pups

02/18/2016 Research by Cooper Levey-Baker

Big Deals

This Week's Biggest Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Including a $15.9 million bank building and more.

02/18/2016 Research by Cooper Levey-Baker

Good Deeds

How 941 Businesses and Nonprofits Are Making Our Community Better

Including: Fundraisers for veterans, generous donations and pay-what-you-can theatrical productions.

02/18/2016 Research by Cooper Levey-Baker

Space Race

Corporate Meetings Bring Big Business to Sarasota-Manatee

Corporate meetings are big business.

01/11/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Article

Tourism Beat: Vow Factor

Destination weddings boost the local tourism economy.

10/30/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Article

Tourism Beat: Where's Waldo?

New technology allows us to know where the tourists go and what they do.

09/04/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Real Estate

Rosemary Rising

With eight new planned projects, Sarasota's Rosemary District's long-delayed promise may be coming true.

09/04/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Everett Dennison

Article

Tourism Beat: Heat Wave

Summer tourism continues to sizzle in Sarasota.

06/15/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Article

Tourism Beat: Protect Your Rep

Customer reviews can be fatal, so manage your digital shadow.

04/01/2015 By Cooper Levey-Baker