Top Ten Reasons to Bring Your Meeting to Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Island Coast
1. Natural Setting
The communities of Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte and Englewood, which represent 3 distinct areas of Charlotte County, offer an “Old Florida” ambiance to your meeting.
Centrally situated on the waterfront in Southwest Florida, the Charlotte Harbor area is equidistant to Tampa and Naples as it is from Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale/Miami. There are over 12 million people that reside within a 150 mile radius of Charlotte County.
Hotel/venue rates, food & beverage, shopping and attraction prices are sure to fit into just about anyone’s budget.
4. Pedestrian-friendly downtown
The historic downtown Punta Gorda district features the 44,000 square foot multi-purpose Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center, 3 quality hotel options, over two dozen dining establishments, along with a variety of shops, art galleries, and entertainment venues all within a 3-4 block radius.
5. Access to air service
In addition to the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) which services over 25 destinations via Allegiant Air, the Charlotte Harbor area is a short drive from both Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (SRQ).
6. Stress-free ground transportation
Whether you’re driving in from the airport, being transported to an offsite venue or cruising around to explore the destination, you’ll find much less traffic than the typical meetings destination.
Florida is a right to work state so you avoid all the costs, regulations and restrictions associated with union-operated venues.
8. Offsite activities
A variety of special event venues, attractions and activities are available for your attendees including world-class fishing, top quality golf, boating and kayak excursions, uncrowded pristine beaches, and our newest attraction, Florida Tracks & Trails which features 5 motocross tracks, over 25 miles of ATV trails, 80 acres of paintball, a concert venue, and a crystal clear lake with a man-made beach.
9. Local VCB
The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau has the ability to assist your group in securing the best venue, negotiating hotel logistics, assisting in the planning of any offsite functions, identifying potential volunteers, providing local vendor referrals and complimentary Visitor Guides, etc.
10. You'll be the BIG fish in the small pond... or harbor