Jun 03 2014

Date Posted: 6/3/2014

Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-722-6621
Cell 941-932-1006

Port Manatee’s free open-air public tram tour experienced a 24% increase in visitors during its 2013/2014 season, offering more than 3000 visitors a behind the scenes look at the port. The tours include knowledgeable tour guides, fantastic views of Tampa bay and interesting port activities.

The popular tram tours are taking a summer break but will resume in October 2014. Tours begin at 10 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday, mid-October through May. Each tour goes through the developed property of the port with descriptions of the many businesses located at Port Manatee.

Security protocols require reservations at least one week in advance. Groups are limited to 75, with all reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours often fill up weeks in advance.

When making reservations, participants need to provide the date of birth, email address and contact information for each person in their group. Photo identification is required at check-in. Tours for the next season can be booked over the website www.portmanatee.com starting October 2014.To make reservations for groups of six or more or for more information, call Port Manatee at 941-722-6621

Port Manatee is a multipurpose deepwater seaport near the entrance to Tampa Bay that serves bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.