'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... What’s new with tourism promotions?

NewsMakers: Jack Wert

What’s new with tourism promotions?

NewsMakers: Mike Schumann

Leader of anti-trust suit vs. major credit ...

NewsMakers: Andy Marquart

New CEO at C’MON.

On this week’s “Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program airing Sunday morning at 10 on ABC7:

Jack Wert, Collier County tourism director: What’s new with tourism promotions?

Andy Marquart, new CEO at Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples: How should C’MON connect with the community?

Mike Schumann, furniture store owner and leader of anti-trust suit vs. major credit cards, banks: How will possible $7.25 billion award be shared?

* Video highlights will be posted Monday at naplesnews.com/newsmakers.

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Mike Schumann

Lytle: Now this pool of money (up to $7.25 billion) that may become available at some point, stores would make claims for their share?

Schumann: That’s correct. Basically, we are getting a database from Visa and Master Card for all the stores that have accepted Visa and Master Card in the last decade or so ...

Lytle: Oh my gosh ...

Schumann: And all of those merchants will end up getting mailings and have the ability to file for a claim, and then the money will be distributed in proportion to how much fees they’ve paid over the years.

Lytle: It sounds like an attorney’s dream.

Schumann: It is an attorney’s dream, and unfortunately I’m not one of the attorneys who are going to be part of that. But I am a retailer and it’s going to have a big, hopefully, a positive impact on retailers.

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Andy Marquart

Lytle: What are some of the new ideas that you have?

Marquart: I know that we have a season of tourism and visitation that starts right now and it goes for a few months, and we want to leverage that impact as a more of a maybe tourism-type facility and then take that money that’s driven from tourism and impact the community the rest of the way.

A big thing to me is accessibility. We should be making sure that everybody has access to the facility, and when we provide those programs, we want to make sure that the families and kids that, you know, maybe have accessibility issues — whether it be financial or whatever else — we provide a platform that they can use.

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Jack Wert

Lytle: You’re looking at China and Japan.

Wert: Certainly those are our emerging markets. They are very important to Florida.

Visit Florida, our state tourism organization, has been in China for a couple of years now.

The bigger destinations, Orlando and Miami, are certainly looking at that.

It’s probably not something we will get into this year. We’ll study it this year.

Lytle: So don’t go in by yourselves. Strength in numbers.

Wert: We won’t go in there by ourselves.

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