SMH Partners with Sports Commission to Support Sports Tourism in Sarasota County in 2017

Lynn Hobeck Bates, 941-955-0991 Ext. 103
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SARASOTA, FL- (January 4, 2017) - Visit Sarasota County (VSC) is pleased to announce a new partnership between the Sarasota County Sports Commission, a division of the VSC, and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. As a 2017 community partner of the Sports Commission, SMH will sponsor the Sports Commission’s recently redesigned mobile app, which promotes Sports Commission-sponsored events and information for visitors coming into the area for sporting events. In return, the app will highlight SMH – the region’s only public hospital – and its network of urgent care centers. The six urgent care centers fill an important gap for people who become ill or injured but want to avoid a more costly trip to the emergency room.

 “We are thrilled that SMH is supporting the Sports Commission,” says VSC President Virginia Haley. “Their commitment to the sports tourism industry in our community is evidenced by this partnership. The doctors, nurses and staff at their six urgent care facilities throughout the area are ready to welcome our visitors in the unfortunate event they need urgent or emergency care while in Sarasota County.”

In FY2016, the Sports Commission impact to the region was over $178 million, a 23% increase over 2015 and generated 108,302 rooms booked due to sporting events.. For more information on Visit Sarasota County, visit:


Visit Sarasota County leads and supports the tourism industry in Sarasota County by providing the highest quality, and most innovative, marketing programs and promotions to ensure the continued growth of tourism and travel from visitors around the world. It is the mission of VSC to make Sarasota County the must experience destination on Florida’s Gulf Coast.