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The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department to host Tourism Expo

Release Date: March 28, 2014

LEESBURG — Lake County recently unveiled its new slogan, “Real Florida. Real Close.” and to showcase the area as a tourism destination, The Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Department is hosting its first Tourism Expo from 2 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11 at Lake Sumter State College, 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.

The event is open to the public and will feature Lake County’s numerous businesses and agencies that support local tourism initiatives, like chambers of commerce, hoteliers, dining establishments and event planners.

“Lake County boasts unparalleled natural resources, state-of-the-art sports facilities and quaint downtowns – all within a short driving distance of Central Florida’s major attractions and beaches on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts,” said Robert Chandler, director of Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department. “For this expo, we are seeking to educate participants about the unique support the county offers local businesses as well as foster networking relationships between our various tourism-related industries.” 

Chandler, along with Brandy Hastings of VISIT FLORIDA, will be the keynote speakers at the expo beginning at 2 p.m. Hastings is VISIT FLORIDA’s Marketing Solutions and Sales manager for the central and central east regions and works with tourism partners to educate them on the marketing opportunities available through VISIT FLORIDA.VISIT FLORIDA is the state's official tourism marketing corporation whose mission is to promote travel to and within the state.    

Tourism-related businesses and attractions, chambers of commerce and government agencies are encouraged to attend and participate by setting up a booth in the exhibit hall. For details on being an exhibitor, contact Debi Dyer at 352-742-3918, or register for online at There is no fee, but space is limited. Each exhibitor will have a 6-foot table and two chairs. All table set-ups must be broken down and removed no later than 7:30 p.m. that evening. 

The mission of Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department is to provide excellence in service as a liaison between companies and government with the goals of creating a business-friendly environment and quality jobs for the citizens of Lake County. The department is responsible for a host of functions to promote and help strengthen the local tourism industry. 

For more information about planning a trip to Lake County, log on to, call 352-742-3918 or visit the Lake County Welcome Center at 20763 U.S. Highway 27 in Groveland.

Lake County media contact:
Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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