PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. (October 10, 2019) – Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau was recently recognized for its innovative campaign work in tourism marketing. The beloved destination received an eTourism Summit Excellence Award (also known as the eTSY Awards) powered by Expedia Group Media Solutions at the eTourism Summit in San Francisco this week. 

Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach’s campaign, “Outsiders Welcome”, earned an award for “Best Use of Video,” which recognized superior digital video content. A collection of 13 diverse categories showcased tourism marketing programs across the globe, for which they were judged based on creativity, overall strategy and measurable consumer impact.

The Outsiders Welcome campaign promoted differentiating factors of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach from competing Florida destinations, and emphasized the area’s wealth of extraordinary outside activities and gorgeous natural settings. With beautiful beaches and fun activities on and off the water, the destination went to market for the past few years with the tagline, “Our Best Side is Outside.” It was this thinking that led to a video series as part of a larger campaign centered around inviting outdoor enthusiast to one of Florida’s most peaceful and untouched destinations.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our continued pursuit of positioning Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach as an authentic and experiential destination,” says Wendie Vestfall, Tourism Director at the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau. "We have worked closely with key industry partners and destination advocates on this important project, and are proud to see our efforts are showcasing Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach as the ultimate outside vacation for all types of visitors.”

For more information on Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, visit PureFlorida.com. Engage with the destination on social media at @RealPureFlorida on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Located on Florida’s coveted Southwest Gulf Coast, halfway between Tampa and Naples, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach is a charming collection of coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers pristine, unspoiled beauty. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach showcases a variety of vibrant experiences. From beaches to boating, hiking to harbor tours, fishing to nature discovery; to sun, shelling and fossilized sharks teeth, the destination celebrates the active traveler and lively local in search of relaxation and unlimited discovery. Most notably known for its 830 miles of pristine unparalleled shoreline, including captivating river passages, a mangrove-edged aquatic preserve and more than a dozen miles of natural Gulf beaches, the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast includes the areas of Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, El Jobean, Englewood-Cape Haze, Little Gasparilla Island, Manasota Key, Knight Island, Placida, Babcock Ranch, Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. To learn more about Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, visit http://PureFlorida.com, call 1-800-652-6090 or engage with the destination on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @RealPureFlorida. Looking for fast, unique destination facts? Click HERE!