Happening around Tampa – Lowry Park Zoo

 For a limited-time the Sea Lion Splash, exhibit at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.  This fun filled family attraction features a colony of coastal sea lions along with daily shows. While the sea lions dazzle audiences, guests will learn about the variety of life along the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and conserving natural habitats for these charismatic creatures. In the splash zone, there’s lots of fun with inflatables for kids (bounce house and slide), giant sandbox, specialty gift shop, and pool party-inspired food and drink.

Admission to Sea Lion Splash is $2 per person in addition to Zoo general admission. Find information at www.LowryParkZoo.com/SeaLions and follow the Zoo on Facebook

Sounds like a lot of fun if your in or around the Tampa area. 


Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Showcases Exciting Drone Technology

What do you think? I guess it’s the future 
New Video Features State-of-the-Art Technology Highlighting Area

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (December 2, 2013) – Maybe you saw the news about Amazon’s plans to ship products via drones at some point in the future. Well, Amazon’s not the only organization tapping into state-of-the-art drone technology.
Drone VideoIn a new video, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater showcases a local photographer who captures images of the area like never before utilizing the unmanned radio-controlled devices.
The two systems are similar, however. Local resident Kevin Starkey is utilizing a quadcopter, a radio controlled device with four rotors, which is equipped with an onboard camera that links to flight goggles.

The result is incredible footage of parks, beaches, attractions and hotels throughout St. Pete/Clearwater from perspectives never seen before—like the photo above of the Renaissance Vinoy in downtown St. Pete. The flying device and technology goes places manned-vehicles can’t—like under tree limbs at Philippe Park or alongside buildings, and the resulting images are like none you’ve ever seen before.

See for yourself.


Downloadable Resources
St. Pete/Clearwater Drone Video


New Airline coming to Tampa – Copa

VSPC Partners with Tampa for New Panama Service
Copa Airlines To Fly Four Times A Week Starting This December
St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (July 17, 2013) – In a joint press conference this morning, officials from Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Tampa International Airport and Visit Tampa Bay joined Copa Airlines executives to announce the Panama-based airline’s new nonstop service to Panama’s Tocumen International (PTY) beginning Dec. 17, 2013.

With connections to all major cities in Brazil and Colombia—as well as Latin American capitals including San Jose, Caracas, Buenos Aires, Lima and Quito, among others—the new service will effectively connect Tampa Bay to the entire Latin American market for the first time in the area’s history.

“Opening up Central and South America via brand-new Copa service is a real game-changer for us,” said D.T. Minich, executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater. “The growth potential for this market is huge, and we’re prepared to nurture this market like we have done with our European offices over the years.”

Minich used today’s press conference to announce the formation of a new Latin American sales department within Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, the first new sales department to be added in nearly two decades.

“This is the time for us to expand our presence across Latin America, and we are prepared to do what it takes to make this a success,” added Minich. “This is an extraordinary opportunity.”
Other local officials agree.
“This is a huge win for the Tampa Bay region, opening an easy connection for business and leisure travelers to all of Latin America,” said Joe Lopano, CEO of Tampa International Airport. “Our success in recruiting Copa is the result of tremendous cooperation with our community partners, who helped us make a compelling business case for this market to one of the world’s most successful airlines.”

Santiago Corrada, CEO of Visit Tampa Bay, said that his organization’s efforts to attract conference planners and organizers from around the world will also benefit from the new service. “Together as a team, we will sell our destination in Latin America,” Corrada said.

Copa offers flights to more international destinations than any other airline from any other hub in the Latin American region. In-transit passengers making connections do not have immigration/customs waits and baggage is checked to the final destination.

Copa, which transported more than 10 million passengers in 2012, operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, and its on-time performance above 90 percent is among the best worldwide. A member of the Star Alliance, Copa was just named “Best Airline in the Central America and Caribbean region” at the Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The Tampa Bay area will be Copa’s ninth U.S. destination and its 66th destination overall.
Thanks for all the info VSPC and it was so cool seeing them at the airport !!

VSPC is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida.
For more information: http://www.VisitStPeteClearwater.com