February 2, 2017
Space Coast Area Transit, the Space Coast Office of Tourism, Courtyard by Marriott, Brevard County, Transit One and reThink Your Commute co-sponsored the 2017 Tourism + Transit Summit, held in Cocoa Beach on Friday, January 27, 2017.
The first three years of the partnership between Space Coast Area Transit and reThink Your Commute featured partnerships with CareerSource Brevard, Eastern Florida State College and FLORIDA TODAY. The Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach was the host location for the 2017 summit. The invited guests included community stakeholders, local, regional and statewide transit officials, tourism leaders and hoteliers from throughout the county.
Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight kicked off this year’s interactive Tourism + Transit Summit, welcoming the crowd of more than 150 attendees to the City of Cocoa Beach. Bonnie King, Deputy Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism, welcomed panelists to share insights on public transit and its impact on tourism. Panelists included Space Coast Area Transit Director Jim Liesenfelt, Chairman of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners Curt Smith, reThink Your Commute Program Manager Courtney Reynolds, VHB Senior Engineer Travis Hills, Transit One Board Member and The Viera Company’s Director of Community Management Eva M. Rey, and Space Coast Office of Tourism Executive Director Eric Garvey.
In addition, Diana Kotler, Executive Director of Anaheim Resort Transportation in Anaheim, CA, appeared as the summit’s keynote speaker. Eva M. Rey was recognized as Transit Advocate of the Year for her tireless work and dedication to Transit One, a non-profit council for transit advocacy. Attendees were treated to a complimentary luncheon at Fishlips Waterfront Grill and were transported by Volunteers in Motion volunteers driving Space Coast Area Transit vanpools.