Tallahassee CVB Offers $100 Rebate to Senior Tour

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TALLAHASSEE -- The Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering tour operators a $100 cash rebate in addition to net rates and what the bureau calls "special courtesies" in conjunction with its Springtime Tallahassee packages for senior citizen groups.

For each group of 40 paying passengers visiting during the city's annual spring festival, April 9 to 13 this year, the rebate will be paid if at least 20 rooms are utilized during a minimum of two nights, according to Stella Allen, the bureau's tourism sales manager.

Free tour group courtesies include a local tour escort, 10% discounts on festival souvenirs for passengers, a welcome reception at the new Capitol building, citywide welcome signs and greeters and welcome and farewell gifts.

Reserved bleacher seating for the festival's Grand Parade is available at $10 per passenger.

Although the bureau offers suggested itineraries, it can customize packages to meet a group's needs, according to Allen.

The festival itself, sponsored by a private, nonprofit group, is designed to promote the city's natural, historic and cultural assets.

Azaleas, magnolias and dogwoods are among the flowers in bloom in Tallahassee in the spring.

Springtime activities include a Southern-style breakfast served in a park, the Springtacular Children's Parade and Festival, a golf tournament, the Grand Parade and the Jubilee shopping and entertainment area, featuring more than 200 vendors and live music on six stages.

Among the suggested two-night group packages for the upcoming celebration is a plan available April 10 and 11 that includes a stay at the Cabot East, a cocktail reception at the hotel and a visit to the Governor's Square Shopping Mall.

Also, the plan offers a welcome breakfast reception with entertainment at the Capitol, a visit to the Governor's Mansion, free time for lunch, visits to the Museum of Florida History and the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science, cocktails at the hotel and dinner at the Ramada Inn's Monroe Street Grill.

On the morning of April 12, the group has a continental breakfast at the hotel.

After checking out, passengers visit the Springtime Tallahassee Arts & Crafts Festival, then they view the Grand Parade, later returning to the arts and crafts area, where they have free time for lunch.

At 1:30 p.m., the group departs for home.

This tour costs $169.70 per person.

A three-night itinerary includes the same festival and Capitol events, but the stay is at the Ramada Inn, with the first dinner at the Nicholson Farmhouse Restaurant and visits to five historical homes; other dinners are at the Monticello Opera House (with entertainment) and Barnacle Bill's.

That itinerary also visits the San Luis Archeological and Historic Site, the Florida State University Flying High Circus and Tallahassee Little Theatre.

This tour is priced at $292.31 per person.

A loose-leaf binder containing attraction, entertainment, hotel and dining prices is available as are festival brochures.

For additional information, call the convention bureau at (800) 628-2866; fax (904) 487-4621.

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