2017-05-18 / Business Briefs

John Wright makes Tourism Hall of Fame

WRIGHT WRIGHT John R. Wright, president of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, was inducted into the Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame during the May 20 Tourism Luncheon at the Englewood Event Center. The Hall of Fame was established in 2014 to honor those whose substantial and long-standing body of work has positively impacted tourism in Charlotte County.

Often described as a “marketing genius,” Mr. Wright’s creativity, business sense and communication skills helped Punta Gorda turn the corner in tourism following the devastation of 2004’s Hurricane Charley. He was appointed president of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and, since then, he has created new programs and events that have attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Punta Gorda and greater Charlotte County year after year.

Successful initiatives include the Punta Gorda Trolley and Boat Tour program; the annual Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival (which has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society); Blues, Brews & BBQ; and numerous events ranging from annual arts and crafts shows to concerts. He also took the initiative to reopen the Punta Gorda Visitor Center on Jones Loop Road.

Mr. Wright is the emcee-elect of the Veterans Parade, TEAM Punta Gorda’s annual meetings, the Animal Welfare League, Asbury Shorts Film Festival and many more.

Previous Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame inductees are Becky Bovell, former director of the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau; Capt. Marian Schneider, an ecotourism pioneer who operated Grande Tours in Placida; and Capt. Ralph Allen of King Fisher Fleet in Punta Gorda. The Charlotte County Tourism Hall of Fame is located in the Charlotte County Administration Building, 18500 Murdock Circle, Port Charlotte.

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