Florida town seeks nudist vacationers from Europe

ORLANDO, Fla Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:49pm EST

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ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - A west Florida community is spending $3,800 in tax dollars to entice naked Germans to spend their summer vacations there.

The advertising grant was awarded Tuesday by the Pasco County commission to Pandabare, a local nudist organization representing 16 resorts, campgrounds and clubs located in the largely rural county north of Tampa.

The ads, to be placed in European publications, will promote the county's longstanding reputation as the nudist capital of America.

"The idea is to create a Euro-bird season in July and August which are our worst two months of the year," said Eric Keaton, public communications manager for the Pasco County tourist development agency. Keaton said nudism contributes to the county's economy, but he had no figures to quantify its impact.

The first target market for the ad campaign will be Germany which, according to Pandabare's application, is "a large and lucrative market whose millions of nudists are among the world's most prolific travelers." The group also anticipates a campaign aimed at British nudists.

Keaton said the advertisements, set to launch in 2012, remain in the conceptual stage.

"They are very clean, and somewhat funny," he said.

(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Greg McCune)

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Comments (3)
dwightmlee wrote:
there is no such place as Pandabare, Florida

Dec 21, 2011 3:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Drifty wrote:
To dwightmlee: Sir or Maam,Pandabare is not a town or county in Florida,but an organization,a group of people that represents nude people. I would however,think that the French would be the ones that would be asked first as they are more “open” to it.

Dec 22, 2011 12:34am EST  --  Report as abuse
barberrr wrote:
Florida, in August, without a stitch between me and Apollo’s flaming chariot, is not my idea of a good time. If the Madison Avenue folks can sell this one to the sun-starved northern Europeans, they have my utmost respect.

Dec 22, 2011 5:19am EST  --  Report as abuse
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