Tourism Report Highlights New Space Video Game
By Florida Space Coast Office of Tourism // August 22, 2013
FLORIDA SPACE COAST OFFICE OF TOURISM
ABOVE VIDEO: The Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex joins the Space Coast Office of Tourism as they cross promote this intergalactic puzzle game in social media and in promotional material.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Independent developer Firebrand Games released Solar Flux HD, a puzzle game for the iPad that tasks players to explore the universe while saving it from imminent extinction.
As players of this new video game travel through space in a virtual attempt to save dying stars, the Space Coast Office of Tourism hopes the game will do its part to help attract tourists to the Space Coast.
Combining full retina HD, 3D graphics that beautifully display the wonders of our universe and classic puzzle mechanics, Solar Flux HD takes place 100 years into the future where our universe is in its death throes.As a cosmic explorer, you are the universe’s last hope. Save dying stars by delivering critical fragments of plasma to the suns and restore their state of equilibrium.
Use the universe to your advantage with gravitational fields and orbits to slingshot around planets, stars and moons, ride solar flares and hide in planetary shadows.
Proceed with caution as dangerous asteroids, black holes and scorching suns can end your mission, along with the universe’s hope for survival. Solar Flux HD features four gorgeous galaxies and over 80 interstellar missions.
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex joins the Space Coast Office of Tourism as they cross promote this intergalactic puzzle game in social media and in promotional material.
Details are being worked out for a national contest, offering players of Solar Flux a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip to the Space Coast and possibly an opportunity to help design additional levels of the game. In addition, both entities will be part of the game credits as well as appearing on video trailers.
Solar Flux HD is available for the iPad in the App Store for $3.99. Solar Flux is being introduced initially through the Apple app store exclusively for use on the iPad and later may be made available for use on the iPhone and other platforms.
SPACE COAST SURF AMONG THE CLEANEST IN THE COUNTRY
Brevard County’s surf tested among the cleanest in Florida and the nation in 2012, according to a report released in June by a national environmental group.
One percent of Brevard’s beach water samples exceeded the daily federal water standard for bacteria last year, according to the report by the Natural Resources Defense Council.The Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit group based in New York City, issues its report annually.
In this year’s report, it found Okaloosa County ranked the worst in Florida 2012, with 35 percent of water samples exceeding federal bacteria standards, followed by Gulf County (29 percent) and Walton County (21 percent).
CARNIVAL SUNSHINE & LIBERTY SHIPS COMING TO PORT CANAVERAL
Two Carnival cruise ships are coming to Port Canaveral in the coming year, as the cruise company seeks to expand its offerings on the coast. The Carnival Sunshine will leave New Orleans and come to Port Canaveral in April 2014. The ship just went through a $155 million renovation, with new bars and dining options.
The Sunshine will do seven-day Western and Eastern Caribbean cruises, eight-day Caribbean cruises, and five-day departures featuring Florida, Caribbean and Bahamian ports.The Carnival Dream, in turn, will leave its home at Port Canaveral and move to New Orleans.
Meanwhile, the Carnival Liberty will leave its current home in Miami and move to Port Canaveral. Liberty will offer five-day cruises to Key West, Nassau and Freeport. It will also have seven and eight day eastern and western Caribbean cruises, and a southern Caribbean cruise which visits Aruba, Curacao and Grand Turk.
The Carnival Ecstasy and Sensation will also stay in Port Canaveral, giving cruisers four ships to choose from.
FLORIDA SEE’S 2013 ANNUAL MEETING COMES TO SPACE COAST
At the end of June, more than 50 participants from all over the state of Florida and beyond gathered in Cocoa Beach for the 13th Annual Ethical Ecotourism Meeting hosted by The Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism.
Attendees included ecotourism providers, destination management directors, educational organization staff, eco-travelers, and Florida Master Naturalist trained citizens.
The participants attended various eco-excursions offered by “Florida SEE GOLD Certified” Wildside Tours, the Brevard Zoo, and Space Coast Kayaking.
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL GIVES GRANT TO FURTHER PREHISTORIC MISSION
The TDC recently awarded The Museum of Dinosaurs and Ancient Cultures $100,000 as a grant to assist in its completion.
“We are very grateful for the support from the Tourist Development Council. This grant will help us open the Dinosaur Museum,” said Steve Cayer Dinosaur Museum owner. The museum received unanimous support for the grant from the council.
“This has been a long time coming and I’m proud to say that this will be in Cocoa Beach,” said council member and hotelier Bob Baugher.
“This will be an incredible asset for the whole Space Coast as this is as good a museum as anywhere in the country. This compares to the best museums in New York and people will love this. This will be a great draw and can be marketed 50 different ways.”
The grant will have to be approved by the Brevard County Commission.
P1 COUNTDOWN UNDERWAY FOR SPACE COAST BLAST OFF
Power Boat Race is coming to the Space Coast August 15-18, 2013.
Take a look at the promotional Space Coast powerboat. Martin Sanborn decided to brand the boat for the last rounds in Daytona and Pahokee. The boats are coming August 15th.
Nine P1 Panther race boats and 20 AquaX jet ski riders will be in action at Jetty Park over the two days.
MORE “FAM” TOURS TO THE SPACE COAST
TJM Communications, Inc. recently hosted two international media familiarization (fam) trips here on the Space Coast. The first group consisted of four print media journalists from India.
The media group got a sneak preview of Space Shuttle Atlantis before the official opening and observed a group of Indian students participating in activities as part of the International Camp at the Center for Space Education.
The Space Coast Office of Tourism also hosted a special media dinner for the group at Taste of India in Melbourne. The Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach-Cape Canaveral provided complimentary accommodations and breakfast for the group.
The second group comprised of five journalists from the U.K. and Ireland. The group spent several days in the Space Coast, and had the opportunity to take a river boat tour, an airboat tour, see Port Canaveral and Cocoa Beach Pier, take a nighttime turtle walk, and attend the grand opening of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit. This media fam was a result of a partnership with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Additionally, TJM represented the Space Coast Office of Tourism in the media marketplace at IPW 2013 (International Pow Wow) in Las Vegas, the international travel trade show. The team interacted with domestic and international journalists during the morning and afternoon sessions. TJM supported the efforts of the Space Coast Office of Tourism sales team who worked on the tradeshow floor.
UK FAM tour was quite a success as media writers and tour operators from “over the pond” experienced the Space Coast. Above, they enjoyed fine seafood dining at Dixie Crossroads Restaurant. TDC Director Rob Varley (in red shirt) is in front and Laurilee Thompson, owner of Dixie Crossroads, is on the far right (in blue shirt).
Tour Operators from India and Indian students participating in International Camp (along with our PR rep Dipika Joshi on the far right) had lunch with astronaut John David (JD) Bartoe while they were exploring the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.