Monday, February 22, 2010

Literature meets Tourism

The latest episode of Talkin' Tourism proved that tourists do not have to take a reading test before taking a vacation and that Literacy Tourism is certainly alive, well and growing. Stuart based author Paul McElroy brought his characters to life and described that in many cases there may be no difference between fact and fiction. Promoting the Treasure Coast from Hyannis, Massachusetts to Las Vegas, Nevada, conducting book signings, and attending other literary events, Paul certainly describes how literary tourism works to the benefit of a destination.

Show hosts Robin Hicks-Connors and Gary Guertin had a great time chatting with Paul. Who knows? Perhaps some day Radio Man and History Lady may end up being a character in one of Paul’s books! Ah, the mystery and intrigue!

Most people may think of libraries as dull, unexciting and a place where a matronly librarian does nothing but sort books, file catalogue cards and says "shhhhh!" Judi Snyder, the Assistant Director of Public Service for the Martin County Library System definitely put that concept to rest. Libraries are “happening.” Events such as BookMania!, book signings, author lectures and much more bring not only locals but definitely attract out of town guests.

Besides this week’s special guests, the show was packed with everything from an Abaco Junkanoo update, Sir Richard Branson’s “one of a kind” flying submarine available to guest of his 105 foot catamaran “Necker Belle” (available for $88,000 per week) in the British Virgin Islands, the rebirth of VISIT Florida’s “Share a Little Sunshine” campaign and much more.

If you missed the live show, you can download the February 19 episode of Talkin' Tourism HERE.

Thanks for listening and see you next week with more fun and information.
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