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Visit Florida releases 2018 tourism statistics

For the first half of 2018, tourism numbers were strong The Visit Florida research department recently released the statistics on the state’s tourism industry for the first half of 2018 – and the numbers are good. According to the report, tourism was up 5.9 percent in...
Bicycling as a vehicle for community building

Bicycling as a vehicle for community building

If your idea of time on the bicycle means pedaling like mad, this one ain’t for you. But if you’d like to add a leisurely bike ride into the mix – as well as a water ski show, a photo to share with your friends and perhaps a pint and a bite at a local microbrewery –...

Rand accepts sports sales and events position

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing recently hired Connor Rand, who last worked at Visit Tallahassee, to work as a sports sales and events representative. Rand, a graduate of FSU, grew up in Ormond Beach and attended Daytona State before transferring to Florida...

Garcia completes inaugural economic development class

Tracy Garcia, the economic development manager for Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing, just completed the inaugural course in Advanced Economic Development Leadership, making her one of the first Economic Development Master Practitioners (EcDMP) in the world....
Softball packs Polk County fields

Softball packs Polk County fields

Dry weather came just in time for softball this weekend. The Florida Half Century Amateur Softball Association 60s Division brought 66 teams to Polk County this weekend, filling fields at the Diamondplex in Winter Haven, Loyce Harpe in Mulberry and the Auburndale...