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    Participated in an a press interview with Greg Martin on sailing and the Charlotte Harbor Regatta

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      Met with bureau marketing manager for update on all pending marketing & promotion issues

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      Attended Arts & Humanities “Dancing with the Stars” fund-raising event

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      Attended pre-agenda meeting regarding a Florida Sports Foundation grant to offset Snowbird Baseball Tournament expenditures

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      Presented a “Deed” for an ‘acre foot’ of Charlotte Harbor to John Wildeman of the Gulf Coast Banjo Society at the March 9 BCC meeting as part of the VCB’s ongoing “Bring Your Meeting Home” campaign. The campaign is designed to encourage members of the community to hold their organization or association meeting at the Event & Conference Center or at other area venues. Mr. Wildeman was instrumental in bringing the Inaugural Banjo Bash to the Event Center which generated over 300 room nights

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      Held monthly staff meeting to discuss ongoing programs, new initiatives and staff operations

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      Attended the Southeast Tourism Society Spring Meeting and Research Symposium March 22-24 in Nashville, TN. The meeting examined sustainable tourism in a sluggish economy and offered a strong focus on current economic updates and the impact on travel trends. The session included the STS marketing college graduation which is a three-year degree program in which the VCB marketing manager is currently a participant. STS provides valuable networking opportunities for its membership of over 1,000 travel and tourism professionals.

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      Met with Sales & Marketing Mgr on a variety of topics relating to sports and event development

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      Attended farewell reception and delivered remarks to D.J. Cutler, departing marketing manager for Palm Island Resort and Tourist Development Council member

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      Monthly marketing review mtg with advertising agency rep'’s covering a wide range of topics

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      Distributed VCB Annual Report for 2010

Public Relations:

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Gathered, wrote and submitted content: weekly for the County Administrator; monthly for the Southwest Florida Parrot. Fielded multiple inquiries regarding event center activities and Spring Training schedule and fulfilled visitor guide requests as necessary. Wrote and Distributed One Media Release: “Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau’s Marketing Efforts -Gold and Silver Addys” Issued brief media advisory to local outlets regarding the arrival of Ohio State University for the Snowbird Baseball Tournament Researched and fulfilled 7 editorial leads for regional and national print and online publications

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the following

media who requested visits which

included

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Associate Travel Editor, Southern

Living

including requests for images. Media Planning: Itinerary planning for

extensive research to fit

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    Annette

Thompson

story angles:

  • March 16

Magazine. Writing story on area’s renaissance since Aug. 2004 and as beach destination. Needed information on Punta Gorda before and after the Hurricane and hidden gems. Direct result of Feb. 2010 media deskside visits with VISIT FLORIDA in Birmingham. Article set to publish in Aug. 2010.

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    Tara Dodrill – March 23, 2010. Freelancer on assignment for USA Today Online. Staying with family in area, contacted VCB for Babcock Wilderness Adventures swamp buggy tour.

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      Hilda Mitrani – March 31 – April 2, 2010. VISIT FLORIDA Off-the-beaten-path Insider and first-time visit. Exploring destination for additional content.

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      Barbara Doyle – April 2, 2010. Families on the Go. Family publication visiting the area during Spring Break for May/June Stay-cation issue. SMITH Advertising & PR has been courting her for several months and she is on the Top 40 target list.

Additional Activity:

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    March 23, Conference Call with SMITH PR to discuss ongoing public relations strategy

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      For City of Punta Gorda, researched inquiry from Insight Into Tourism & Economy for Public

Television pitch by Insight TV –no return reply from Insight TV, decided not to pursue

Monthly Report, March 2010

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