Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This Week: Big Yachts, Small Yachts and Lacrosse

The tourism/hospitality industry is broad, diverse and touches all segments of our community. This week’s show is testimony to that fact.

This week, meet Paula Wills, owner of Beyond the Sea. Inc. Recently relocated from Ft. Lauderdale, Paula plans to base her long-standing private yacht charter business in beautiful and slower paced Stuart, Florida.

Whether your pleasure is a 60 foot yacht for a weekend excursion to the Bahamas or a 300 footer for an extended stay in Antigua, Paula is your source.

During this week's show, we'll discuss whether some of Paula’s yacht clients will be coming to Stuart and if yes, where will they dock. What economic impact this might have upon the Treasure Coast. For those who might want to mix a land stay in a private villa with a yachting vacation, no problem! Beyond the Sea Yacht Charters also represents some of the most luxurious private villas throughout the world.

Next up--sports tourism, which is also an integral part of the overall tourism picture. Professional sports obviously is the big player, but what about local high school sports? Ted Brown, a regional vice president at Bank of America/US and board member of the Friends of High School Lacrosse for Martin County, will be in the studio to share how our high school's new lacrosse club might impact sports tourism in our region. Did you know that lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in the country? That’s right! Participation in lacrosse has increased over 500% since 1999.

Also onboard this week is Julie Lentine of Lentine Marine. Although the current economy has impacted the marine industry, learn how this successful business changed its business model to adapt to the times and help keep boating affordable.

Another great hotel Getaway Giveaway is up for grabs. In addition, the winner of last week's Ramada package will be announced.

Tune your radio dial on Friday (October 2) to WPSL 1590 AM at 10 a.m.. If you're out of broadcast range, listen to us live via your computer at 'See' you on Friday!
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