Published: Mar 09, 2012 5:45 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Bradenton tourism officials are trying to draw visitors south from this summer's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The Bradenton Herald reports ( that the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau plans to spend $75,000 of its $2 million annual marketing budget on the Republican National Convention.
The package includes two billboards on Interstate 275 near Tampa welcoming GOP visitors, an advertisement in the event's official visitor guide and another in Politico Magazine.
Officials say the goal is to draw convention visitors to Anna Maria Island for a day trip or to book a return stay with their families.
The average age of Anna Maria visitors is 52, with a household income of about $100,000. The delegates and party donors invited to the national convention closely fit that profile.
Information from: The Bradenton Herald ,

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