Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: August 15, 2001

AT THE GOVERNOR'S CONFERENCE on Tourism in Boca Raton, Visit Florida officials told some 800 attendees that the concern will open a Paris office later this year.

IN OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

• A separate presentation at the conference on how to capture baby-boomer vacationers included the suggestion that the trip should represent an "experience," broadening their knowledge.

• Meanwhile, a Delta official said that the air traffic control system is so inefficient that it should be operated by the private sector.

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS, a major visitor draw, returns to Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, for the 11th consecutive year. There will be 19 scary nights over selected dates between Oct. 5 and Nov. 3.The Festival of the Dead Parade is among the frights.

THE 1,000-ROOM WESTIN Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood is set to open Jan. 10. Leisure bookings will be accepted starting Sept. 1 at rates from $339 single-double, through March 31 for an Intracoastal Waterway view.

ACTRESS JANE RUSSELL will be honored on Oct. 20 with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the annual Marco Island Film Festival set for Oct. 17 to 21. The Hotel Escalante in Naples and the Olde Marco Inn & Suites, Marco Island, offer special rates for festival attendees. The festival's Web site is www.marcoislandfilmfest.com.

THE GAY AND LESBIAN Florida Vacation Planner 2001-2002 will be off the press Sept. 15 and will be available to agents as a sales tool. Overseeing the project is Community Marketing Inc., San Francisco. US Airways is the lead sponsor of the brochure. To receive copies, send requests to David Paisley via e-mail: [email protected] or by fax to (415) 552-5104.

KEY WEST CITY officials on Sept. 5 will decide how many sightseeing buses will be allowed to enter the confined downtown historic district starting Oct. 1. What was decided earlier is that each stop will be only five minutes, and that tour firms will be required to employ a tour guide licensed by the city; the current 31-foot maximum bus length will remain in place. Similar restrictions are in place in both Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., Julio Avael, Key West's city manager, said.

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