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

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

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

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

Data

Florida Sees Record Tourism Numbers

Florida saw a record number of visitors during any six-month period in the state's history during the first half of 2017.

08/30/2017 By staff

Construction

Builders Group Networking Social to Be Held at Rowing Park

The Gulf Coast Builders Xchange is holding its fall networking social from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14.

08/28/2017 By staff

Tourism

2018 Thunder By the Bay Dates Set

Suncoast Charities for Children this week announced the dates and location for next year's 20th annual Thunder By the Bay Motorcycle Festival.

08/25/2017 By staff

Tourism

Sarasota Travel Agent Recognized as Egypt Expert

Malaka Hilton was recently recognized for the 15th consecutive year as an Egypt specialist in Travel + Leisure's 16th annual "A-List."

08/24/2017 By staff

Tourism

Sarasota Among America's Top 20 Cities for Sports and Adventure

Sarasota was ranked No. 15 in a list of America's top 20 destinations for sports and adventure.

08/23/2017 By staff

Planning

County Commission to Discuss Recycling Facility Near Celery Fields Wednesday

The commission is set to discuss whether to rezone 16 acres of property near the Celery Fields to allow for the construction of a recycling center.

08/18/2017 By staff

Tourism

Visit Sarasota County Logo Painted on Water Tower

A new Visit Sarasota County logo was recently painted on a large blue water tower near I-75.

08/17/2017 By staff

Nonprofits

Mote Marine Board Picks New Leaders

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium’s Board of Trustees recently elected Robert Essner as chairman, James Ericson as vice-chairman and Nigel Mould as secretary.

08/16/2017 By staff

Tourism

Ethical Ecotourism Nonprofit Recognizes Local Operators

The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism recently recognized several ecotour operators in Sarasota and Manatee counties for their outstanding business practices.

08/16/2017 By staff

Tourism

Seminar Explores Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee is hosing a seminar titled “What Now, Cuba?” on Sept. 11.

08/15/2017 By staff