Visit Sarasota County: Sales Info

Enjoy the lates news from our Visit Sarasota County Sales Team


Send us Your Specials!

When the snowbirds go home – the international visitors take their vacations to our destination. We want to make sure you are in the best position to help attract foreign travelers to Sarasota County. Tour Operators are currently looking for unique properties to offer their clients, and the clients want to purchase experiences when booking their travel to Sarasota County. Please send any specials or offers you have for our international visitors to Kelly Defebo at [email protected].

Leisure Group

What’s more unique than a wedding or 
visit to the former home of a circus tycoon?

What Makes Your Venue “Unique?”

A trend we have been seeing throughout the wedding and leisure market is group planners looking for unique, different and even “quirky” venues and attractions. A recent article in Group Tour Magazine touches on the growing interest in group tours looking for “photo-worthy” buildings as well as structures and cities with an interesting story or history. Sarasota County is rich with quirky history in addition to decorative structures well known throughout the architecture community. We are a perfect place to keep groups intrigued and wanting to see and experience more, and we will be on the lookout for opportunities to tap into these types of travelers.


New Incentive Program Offering

With health and wellness at the forefront of personal lives, there is a rise in planners looking to incorporate healthier lifestyles into meeting agendas (Don’t believe us? Check out the Skift Trend Report on The Future of Wellness in Meetings and Events). In response, VSC has added a NEW option for meeting and group planners to choose in our incentive program. In addition to picking from a cash rebate, transportation or dining option, event planners can now select a wellness initiative option. This option will offset costs for bringing in a local service offering things like meditation, yoga, a health expert speaker and more to meeting attendees. Download the new incentive form today to start offering this exciting option to your clients! 

Friendly Competition

VSC’s Ellen Thomas and The Westin Sarasota’s Jennifer Eggan were each nominated for the Meeting Professional of the Year award by Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) Tampa Bay Area Chapter. Now we don’t endorse any trash-talking, but we are excited to see two of our local tourism industry members pushing each other for regional recognition! Other local nominations include The Westin and IMG Legacy Hotel for Small Sponsor of the year, while Art Ovation and EVEN Hotel Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch were nominated for Large Sponsor of the Year.


Welcome New Partners!

  • Sail Venice - Offering Sailing Tours daily located at the Crow’s Nest Marina and Restaurant in Venice.
  • Lovely Square – This restaurant in Gulf Gate offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Bird Key Yacht Club – A private membership club that will “sponsor” a bride and groom so they can have their wedding at this waterfront venue.
  • 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop – Featuring craft beer happy hour, fine wines and light bites in downtown Sarasota.
  • Sarasota Honey Company – An artisan market offering products from Florida farmers and artists. Also offers beekeeping classes and free honey tours.
  • Sarasota Audubon Society – The local chapter of the National Audubon Society. Their main location is at the Celery Fields and our visitors can have tours from their members.
  • New Pass Grill & Bait Shop – A local landmark since 1929 selling bait and tackle and serving food and drinks.
  • Tijuana Flats Tex Mex – Made to order Tex-Mex on Tamiami Trail. Catering options available.
  • Icon Eatery – Full-service restaurant featuring local cuisine with global influences inside the Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy.
  • The Overton – Fast-casual restaurant and neighborhood hub in the Rosemary District.

June Partner Coffee

Mark your calendars! This month’s VSC Partner Coffee will be held Thursday, June 27 from 8-9 am at the Embassy Suites in downtown Sarasota.