Sports Tourism Numbers Way Up in 2016

The Sarasota County Sports Commission hosted 135 events in 2016, a 20 percent increase over 2015, and generated an economic impact of $178.6 million, a 23 percent increase.

02/14/2017 By staff

Health Care

Sports Commission, Health Care System Forge New Partnership

Visit Sarasota County earlier this month announced a new partnership between the organization's Sarasota County Sports Commission and the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.

01/19/2017 By staff


Tourism Agency Unveils New Branding

Elements include a new logo and images and videos intended to convey the feeling that Sarasota County is a place where visitors can feel “at ease.”

01/18/2017 By staff


Visit Sarasota to Unveil New Ad Campaign

Visit Sarasota County, the county's tourism promotion agency, will unveil its new advertising campaign, shaped by new market research.

01/13/2017 By staff


Tourist Tax Collections Increase to Almost $20 Million

Tourist Development Tax collections increased to almost $20 million in fiscal year 2016, a 4.7 percent increase over 2015.

11/18/2016 By staff


Summer Tourism Numbers Up in Sarasota County

Visit Sarasota County on Thursday reported growth in tourist visitation and spending, hotel occupancy and room rates and consumer satisfaction during the months of July, August and September.

10/27/2016 Research by staff


Rescheduled Panel Discusses Brexit's Impact on Florida

Four panelists will discuss Brexit's impact on Florida's travel, tourism and real estate industries during an event on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

10/05/2016 Research by staff


Tourism, Tourist Spending Up in July

The number of tourists visiting Sarasota County increased 3.4 percent between July 2015 and July 2016.

09/16/2016 Research by staff


Visit Sarasota County Launches 'Shoptember' Promotion

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

08/26/2016 Research by staff


Report Shows $37.2 Million Impact From This Year's Powerboat Grand Prix

Suncoast Charities for Children, the nonprofit that produces the annual Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival, released data showing that this year's event generated $37.2 million in economic impact.

08/09/2016 Research by staff