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Levy County Visitors Bureau hosts VISIT FLORIDA writer’s group

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Visit Florida Welcome Center service staff employees visited Levy County and Cedar Key as part of a familiarization tour on Nov.1-2.

This is the first time in several years Visit Florida has arranged for the Welcome Center service staff to participate in a familiarization tour. The tours are part of an effort to give their employees a deeper understanding and knowledge of Florida and what various  areas  have to offer the visitors coming into the state and the Welcome Center.

This visiting group of 13 employees are the front line people visitors meet when they walk into the welcome centers. 

The Visit Florida service staff stand ready at the Welcome Center counters to give direction, suggestions and help the visitor with anything they can to make their vacation or business trip the best.

The welcome center workers will have traveled throughout the state to experience areas they have never been to before.  Visiting Levy County provides them with a better understanding of our county so they go back to their Welcome Centers and recommend to visitors what we have to offer and why it would be a wonderful place to plan their vacation.

The Levy County Visitors Bureau Director Carol McQueen was contacted by Visit Florida to arrange the accommodations, dinner and activities.

The tour was made possible by the following businesses providing complimentary accommodations to the group; Low-Key Hideaway Motel and Tiki Bar – Pat and Cindy Bonish; Nature’s Landing Condos – Tina Ryan; Island Place of Cedar Key – Pam Oakley; and Cedar Cove Beach and Yacht Club – Peter and Gina Stefani. 

Chef Peter Stefani provided dinner at the Island Room Restaurant and Cedar Key Historical Society President Ken Young and Board Member George Sresovich of the Cedar Key Historical Society Museum who graciously offered to provide a complimentary private tour after hours for the group. 

Connie O’Dell of Captain Doug’s Tidewater Tours provided a complimentary two-hour Island Tour for the entire group on Friday morning. 

These tours consist of journalists and travel writers she brings in to visit Levy County. 

After these FAM tours the participants write about their experiences which are then published in magazines, newspapers and periodicals throughout the U.S. and some international publications.