Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l Airport Making Push to Attract Europeans

Airport officials are aggressively targeting European tourists by attending trade shows and talking with overseas industry officials.

A dearth of accommodation makes it more difficult to attract tourists, Schomaker said.

"We are losing hotels," she said. "New hotels won't hurt if we can get some."

Recent hotels-turned-condo include Longboat Key's 149-room Holiday Inn and Sarasota's 178-room Holiday Inn Airport-Marina.

Smaller boutique resorts like Siam Garden and Anna Maria Beach Cottages are also succumbing to the greater yields of condo conversion.

European tourists stay longer and spend more than Americans, White said.

Bradenton Herald

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