Visit Sarasota County Wins Gold SASI-ONE Arts and Cultural Award

Lynn Hobeck Bates, 941-955-0991 Ext. 103
[email protected]


SARASOTA, Fla. (February 5, 2015) – Visit Sarasota County (VSC) received a gold SASI-ONE Awards (SASI = Shop America Salutes Innovation) for its “Sarasota County: Where Artistic Expression and Inspiration Meet,” campaign. The award represents shopping and cultural tourism marketing excellence and is presented by the Shop America Alliance and the U.S. Cultural & Heritage Tourism Marketing Council. It was presented at a ceremony on January 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.


SASI-ONE Awards recognize prominent marketing campaigns in the tourism industry for their vision and commitment to developing shopping and cultural tourism.  The achievements of SASI-ONE Winners from throughout the USA, Mexico and Latin America and the winners of the special awards were showcased in a video presentation.   


For more information please contact Lynn Hobeck Bates at (941) 955-0991, ext. #104, or [email protected] 


About Sarasota County

Located on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast, Sarasota County offers a vibrant arts and cultural scene, a diverse array of culinary experiences and a variety of opportunities to take advantage of the clear waters and the great outdoors. Sarasota County provides the quintessential, laid-back beach getaway with numerous sprawling, white-sand beaches, including Siesta Key Beach, named "America's Best Beach" in 2011 by Stephen Leatherman, aka, Dr. Beach. Dubbed "Home of the American Circus," Sarasota County served as the headquarters for the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus for 75 years, and visitors can experience its unique circus heritage first-hand by following the circus trail or catching a performance by one of two local circus companies. For more information on visiting Sarasota County, visit or call (941) 706-1253.



Lynn Hobeck Bates, APR

Communications Manager
Visit Sarasota County

1777 Main Street, Suite 302
Sarasota, FL 34236

941-955-0991 Ext. 103