TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Travel agents might want to suggest outdoor
activities to clients this winter when booking Florida air
arrangements in conjunction with a cruise or land vacation.
By preselling activities through tour operators or resorts,
there often is an opportunity to earn full commissions on golf,
tennis, biking, picnic outings, parasailing, boating and horseback
example, the Walt Disney Travel Co. packages all of its on-site
activities -- such as boating, golf, fishing and waterskiing -- not
only the theme parks.
Even outdoor spectator sports, such as Atlanta Braves
spring-training games, which take place during March at Disney's
Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World, are packaged by the
For more information, call (800) 327-2996.
• The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center
pays up to 10% commission on its one-night golf package, priced
from $325, single or double, through March 31.
Rates cover a room and two rounds of golf on the property's
From April 1 to June 15, the package is priced at $425; from
June 16 to Sept. 15, it's priced at $149, and from Sept. 16 to Dec.
15, the package is $275.
From June to September, golf is unlimited and children can play
free. For information, call (800) 621-0638.
• At the upscale Boca Raton Resort & Club, 10% commission is
earned on all outdoor packages, including a two-night Deluxe Tennis
Priced at $835, double, for stays through April 30, the plan
includes accommodations, an one-hour tennis clinic, concierge
services, unlimited court time, full breakfast each day and use of
the fitness center.
Similarly, the two-night Golf Deluxe plan starts at $1,410,
double, and features accommodations; unlimited golf with a shared
cart; one Boca Golf Academy clinic; full breakfast; daily bag
storage and cleaning, and use of the fitness center.
For more information, call (888) BOCA-842.
Among other golf-oriented properties that pay 10% on packages
are the Amelia Island Plantation; Turnberry Isle; the Sandestin
Golf & Beach Resort; the PGA National Resort & Spa; Doral
Golf Resort; the Breakers; Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, and
South Seas Resort.
Tennis-focused resorts with commissionable packages include the
Longboat Key Club and the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, also in
Longboat Key, while Grenelefe Golf & Tennis Resort in Haines
City has its own lake for bass fishing. All offer outdoor
These activities also represent an opportunity to add a rental
For example, a short drive from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor
Center is the 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.
A seven-mile, self-guided driving tour of the adjoining Canaveral
National Seashore is available.
For more information, contact Visit Florida at (888) 6-FLAUSA,
or visit www.flausa.com.