Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Palm Beach and Martin Counties—Future Tourism Partners?

This week Talkin' Tourism on Florida’s Treasure Coast goes 'right to the top.' How? By having the executive director of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the chairman of the Martin County Tourist Development Council both in the studio at the same time!

The tourism and hospitality industry has long been recognized as a very important element in Palm Beach County's economic mix. With world class assets, an international airport, great small towns and downtowns, and spectacular diving and fishing, as well as major cultural attractions, Palm Beach County has been a visitor magnet for decades. Considering the opening of Henry Morrison Flagler's Royal Poinciana Hotel in 1894 followed by his Palm Beach Inn in 1896, tourism industry roots are very deep in Palm Beach County

Roger Amidon has recently been hired as the new executive director of the Palm Beach County Tourism Development Council (TDC). Talkin' Tourism host Gary Guertin and co-host Robin Hicks-Connors will query Roger on his five-and-ten year tourism forecast, as well as how the TDC and its various partners will continue to educate residents on the importance of a strong tourism related economy.

Sharon Glenn, the resort manager at Plantation Beach Club at Indian River Plantation on our very own Hutchinson Island, is the current chairman of the Martin County Tourist Development Council (MCTDC). The MCTDC is charged with overseeing the overall tourism plan for Martin County. This responsibility includes annual review of the bed tax ordinance and determines where and how the bed tax funds collected will be dispersed.

In the spirit of collaboration and 'coope-tition' (yes folks, a Robin-ism), this week's show will also explore if there are opportunities for a 'Goliath,' like Palm Beach County, and a 'David,' like Martin County, to collaborate. And, whether visitors to both counties really care about political boundaries or not?

Finally, another Getaway Giveway will be up for grabs. Listen closely for the Question of the Week. The first correct e-mail received at talkintourism@gmail.com will be a winner!

'See' you on Friday (Oct 9) on WPSL 1590 AM or http://www.wpsl.com/ at 10 a.m.
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