CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2016) – The Florida Outdoor Writers Association awarded the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau the First Place Excellence in Craft Award in the Corporate/Tourism Promotion category during the organization’s Awards Banquet in Palm Coast, Fla., on Sept. 17. The honor recognized the Bureau’s 60-second “Experience Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands: 2016” which highlights the destination’s nature-based activities. 

The video contains segments filmed by various videographers who are Anton Fresco, David Sussman of DW Sussman Photography, Russ Weston, Alex Carabes, and Sean and Brooks Paxton of Shot Locker Productions. Chip Futch, the Bureau’s Director of Marketing, produced and edited the video, which was published in 2015 and used in the agency’s 2016 marketing program to attract visitation into the Southwest Florida community of Charlotte County. 

The Florida Outdoor Writers Association  (FOWA) is a not-for-profit statewide paid professional communicators organization made up of the outdoor industry's top communicators, conservationists and industry related companies with a mission to heighten the education of the outdoors.

Each year, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau conducts marketing, sales and promotional campaigns to increase awareness of and visitation to Charlotte County. In addition to generating economic contributions, the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is also focused on developing soft adventure or eco-tourism, a low-impact industry enabling the county to preserve the invaluable natural resources that contribute to its ecological health, distinguish the area and draw visitors.

The video can be viewed on the Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands YouTube channel at  

Screen captures of the video are available on DropBox at: 

About Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty.  In 2014 Port Charlotte was been named the top U.S. Best Value Destination by trivago, the world’s largest online hotel search site, and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by  The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PDG) with commercial, private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA).

For more information on visiting Charlotte Harbor visit or call1-800-652-6090.