With so much to celebrate the week of May 5-11, including nurses, teachers, and small businesses – it was also National Travel and Tourism Week! Here in the ‘Burg we know a thing or two about travel and tourism, and how it brings fresh faces and energy, that help our community continue to thrive. On Friday, May 10th, the National Travel and Tourism theme was “Travel Matters to Hometown Pride,” and we asked our team of Chamber Ambassadors to share their St. Pete Pride.
Victoria Dore, Agent with Colonial Life & Accident
“I’ve spent nearly 20 years in the ‘Travel Retail’ Market. This role took me to THE most coveted destination in the US. Due to my experiences, I chose to relocate to St. Petersburg because it was like no other place in America. Far more than simply beaches, the weather (although those were top of my list). Best way to describe what we have here is a great culture in a heavenly spot. I love my ‘Burg!”
Linda Dennis, St. Pete Store & Visitors Center Specialist
“St. Pete is amazing! Beautiful downtown waterfront, gorgeous beaches, mind-blowing array of eateries, beautiful, lively people that helps create a wonderful community. Living in St. Pete affords me the opportunity to live and breathe happiness from everything that is here. My new saying is: If you are lucky enough to live in St. Pete, you are lucky enough!”
Andy Charles, Owner, Central Avenue Advisors and Partner, Seedfunders
“After visiting Florida for 30 years and returning to home somewhere else, I discovered St. Pete. I quickly realized St. Pete is Florida, for people who don’t like Florida! So 3 years ago I moved my life and business here, and haven’t looked back. As a local business owner and angel fund investor in Florida startups, I believe passionately that a community is as good we collectively make it. And, as an amazing bonus, I met the love of my life here. We recently got married by the water at Demens Landing and celebrated at a local brewery.”
Jim McEleney, ActionCOACH Tampa Bay
“We moved to St. Petersburg nearly 4 years ago, after a (nearly all) online research effort. Everything we read about St. Pete boasted of this being an active community to live, work and play – and St. Pete has not disappointed! This is a welcoming community with a variety of activities and opportunities to feed your mind, your soul and your stomach. I think one of the most unique aspects of St. Pete is how much of the waterfront can be accessed by the general public, as opposed to being used for private development. Our city’s founders were a forward-thinking group of entrepreneurs who anticipated the importance of opening up our waterfront to all of our citizens and visitors.”
Stephanie Frye, PNC Bank
“St. Pete not only welcomes, but celebrates diversity. It has a very eclectic community that supports and encourages one another. St. Pete is a great place to live, work and raise a family!”
Want to share your St. Pete Pride? Share with us on social media @StPeteChamber and tag #TravelMatters.