FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Eleven of 13 hotels participating in the June 5
to 7 grand opening of Florida's newest state park, Lovers Key, are
offering commissionable event packages, according to the Lee Island
Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau. The 712-acre Lovers Key
State Recreation Area is located between Fort Myers Beach and
"This is the first time local governments and the tourism bureau
have worked together to create an event to promote ecotourism,
increase local occupancy rates and offer unique opportunities for
commissionable sales in the off-season," a bureau spokeswoman
Because of previously existing discounts, she added, two of the
participating hotels are not offering travel agent commissions
during the event -- the Hampton Inn in Bonita Springs and the
Courtyard by Marriott in Fort Myers.
At the other hotels, 10% is paid on rooms and packages; the
Grandview Resort pays 10% only on room rates.
Florida's State Division of Recreation and Parks and Lee
County's government have invested $5.2 million in improvements to
two existing parks to create the new Lovers Key.
The facility offers hiking and biking trails and canoe and kayak
rentals. There is fishing and birders will sight osprey.
Packages cover park admission, seminars on improving
relationships and nature outings. Add-ons such as the
Archaeological-Historical Tour to Mound Key and the Dolphin
Encounter cost $20 per person.
Room rates for a single night for two start at $44 plus tax.
At the other end of the rate scale, a three-night Pampered in
Pink package at the Best Western Pink Shell Beach Resort, Fort
Myers Beach, includes champagne and other amenities and is priced
at $558 plus tax.
Hotels paying 10% commissions in Fort Myers Beach also include
the Lovers Key Beach Club, the Bay to Beach Resort, the Best
Western Beach Resort, the GuestHouse Inn-Mariner's Lodge and
Marina, the Outrigger Beach Resort, the Grandview Resort, the
Holiday Inn Beach Resort, and the Santa Maria Resort.
In Fort Myers, they include the Springs Resort & Spa and the
Santa Maria Resort.
Southwest Florida Reservations, Phone: (800) 733-7935