Happy New Year everyone! With the New Year comes new and exciting opportunities for publicity about the Bay area. Check out the awesome Super Bowl article that is currently posted on www.SouthernLiving.com. On Dec. 28, Tampa Bay got a great write up in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper regarding events and activities for fans who are in the Tampa area for the big game as well as in Florida Trend magazine which illustrates the economics behind a Super Bowl and why it’s so important to our local economy.

As we get closer and closer to Feb. 1, more and more visitors will be searching out information on shopping in Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay area beaches entertainment and attractions. As you know, Super Bowl is big business and that's why this expansive coverage on our area is so vitally important to our partners in these uncertain economic times.

As the the weeks leading up to the game dwindle, I'm continuing to pitch broadcast affiliates, daily newspapers and magazines to carry on the publicity around this exciting event.

Oh and a big shout out to Ybor City, which has been highlighted in virtually every article published over the past few months and of course in the Super Bowl coverage of late. I lived in Ybor City for three years and loved every minute of it. It's nice that the travel journalists from around the world think it's pretty great too.