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still 11 percent ahead of where we were last
year,” Johnson says. “Our fiscal year just
ended and it looks like another strong year
is on the way.”
Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Also boasting strength in meeting numbers is Fort Myers’ neighbor to the north,
the Charlotte Harbor area, where group
bookings are “on pace or exceeding last
year’s numbers,” reports Lorah Steiner, the
Charlotte Harbor VCB’s director of tourism.
“We’ve had a lot of inquiries for 2016 and
beyond. We’re an unheralded corporate
Anchored by the charming hometown
cities of Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda and
lotte Harbor ex-
emplifies the small
mix prevalent in
with more than 70
ing the massive
To the east, sprawling Babcock Ranch is
home to Babcock Wilderness Adventures, of-
fering 90-minute tours across a working cattle
ranch and through the surrounding wetlands;
private group tours are available.
Getting back to business, downtown Punta
Gorda makes a nice landing spot for meetings,
as the 44,000-square-foot Charlotte Harbor
Event Center offers panoramic views of the
Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, with restaurants, bars and hotels within walking distance.
“The Event Center is perfect for small
meetings. You could be at one of 10 great
restaurants in minutes or having your favorite
beverage right on the harbor in about a min-
ute,” Steiner says.
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