Cultural Tourism:

Cultural Tourism explores a traveler's engagement with a region's culture. In our case, the lifestyle of the people of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, the history of the people and founders, their homesteading, their art and architecture, their culinary offerings, and other elements that helped shape their way of life.

Cultural tourism aims showcases the traditions of native cultural communities (i.e. crabbers), and their values and lifestyle, as well as niches like food and beverage. Travelers aim to gather new experiences and information to satisfy their desires to expand their knowledge base.

To expand our knowledge base of local cultural offerings, this year’s menu will be comprised of local foodie finds from a variety of ethnic restaurants. Most studies indicate that cultural tourists spend substantially more than the standard tourists, while maintaining an awareness of their ecological footprint.

Keynote Speaker Kevin Willmott:

Kevin Willmott grew up in Junction City, Kansas and attended Marymount College receiving his BA in Drama. After graduation, he returned home, working as a peace and civil rights activist, fighting for the rights of the poor, creating two Catholic Worker shelters for the homeless and forcing the integration of several long standing segregated institutions. He attended graduate studies at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, receiving several writing awards and his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing.

Willmott is an Associate Professor in the Film Studies Department of Kansas University.

He is an acclaimed writer/producer/actor, working on many projects delving into cultural issues. Notable’s include:

  • C.S.A: Confederate States Of America, about America had the South won the Civil War.
  • The Only Good Indian; Domestically, the film is currently being seen on the Encore and Movieplex television networks, and can be streamed online at Netflix.
  • The Battle for Bunker Hill from a script he wrote with Greg Hurd.