What is The Local Outlook For Tourism?


The Visitor and Convention Bureau is holding its annual Tourism Outlook meeting November 9th at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa. The guest speaker will be Samantha Brown, host of the Emmy Award-winning travel series Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.

The Tourist Development Council meeting will be held at 9AM right before the annual meeting. The Tourism Outlook meeting will be at 10AM and RSVP is required HERE.

Over the last 20 years, Samantha has traveled around the world visiting over 250 cities in 75 countries and 45 U.S. states creating over 200 hours of engaging and informative television programming along the way.

Samantha started her TV career at the Travel Channel where over 15 years created many iconic travel series, including Great Hotels, Passport to Europe, Great Weekends and Samantha Brown’s Asia.

In 2018, Samantha moved from Travel Channel to PBS and her new show there, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love quickly became the highest rated travel program on public television.

In 2019 she earned two Emmy awards (Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program and Outstanding Host for a Lifestyle, Children’s or Special Class Program) and has been nominated again every year since.

In Places to Love, she finds the destinations, experiences and most importantly, the people who make you feel like you belong to a place, and not just a consumer passing through. Season 4, Episode 4 is about Fort Myers and Sanibel.