HAWK'S KAY RESORT, Duck Key, in the Florida Keys,
followed up its $50 million expansion and renovation by naming a
new sales team led by Paul Drake, director of sales. The expansion
included 269 two-bedroom waterfront villas; the 15,000-square-foot
Overseas Conference Center and a Project Challenge Course. The
latter includes a climbing wall for corporate team-building
programs. The new facilities complement the pre-existing 160 rooms
and suites and the 10,000-square-foot Dolphin Conference Center.
TWO MERISTAR HOSPITALITY-owned resorts on
Sanibel Island, Fla. -- the Sanibel Inn and the Song of the Sea --
began extending a $10 per night Do Not Disturb room credit to
guests not requiring daily housekeeping services. The credit
increases to $15 per night, Jan. 2 to April 30. Towel replenishment
and trash removal needs are telephoned to the front desk. The Do
Not Disturb rate (commissionable) can be requested when the
reservation is made. Other MeriStar properties in southwest Florida
may add this option.
FOR THE RECORD, the six shark bite incidents
over the weekend of Aug. 18 and 19 and the four thereafter,
occurred in New Smyrna Beach, 15 miles south of Daytona Beach. In
fact, according to the Volusia County Beach Department, nearly all
of the county's 20 shark or marine animal attacks occurred in New
Smyrna Beach -- the bulk within one half-mile south of the Ponce
Inlet fishing jetty. Since last Friday, a one-mile stretch of New
Smyrna Beach, including that area, was closed off to surfers and
swimmers as a precaution. Only one minor incident was reported this
year in the Daytona Beach area -at Wilbur-by-the-Sea. Daytona Beach
so far this year has not had any beach closures.
WINGS AND WAVES, set for Nov. 10 and 11 in
Daytona Beach, will be a one-time special event to mark the 75th
anniversary of local Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. It will
feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, skydivers, acrobatic
fliers, speedboat racing, search-and-rescue demonstrations, two
beach runs, food, music and a free outdoor concert Nov. 10 by the
Beach Boys. For information, check the Web site, www.embryriddle.edu/wingsandwaves.
A PRINT YOUR OWN e-ticket was introduced by
Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks, St. Louis, parent of the SeaWorld
and Busch Gardens parks. Initially, orders will be limited to
one-day admissions to SeaWorld Adventure Park, Orlando. Using a
credit card, and accessing www.seaworldorlando.com, customers pay the gate
price (unless a discount is in effect) and print out their ticket
on their own computer paper. The printout will have an image read
by a gate scanner and the traveler also will be asked for
identification. Travel agents are not eligible for a reduced rate
on the new e-ticket, but they continue to be able to issue 10% or
12% commissionable SeaWorld park tickets by accessing the Airlines
Reporting Corp. through their CRS, or by ordering in bulk (15 or
more tickets) at a 10% discount.
ACCUWEATHER.COM and Visit Florida, the state's
official tourism marketing concern, signed a pact to lure potential
travelers desiring to keep warm to Visit Florida's Web site, www.flausa.com.
Accuweather.com users who request forecasts for areas where the
temperatures will be 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder will receive,
in addition to that forecast, a special, targeted text link to
Visit Florida. To corral potential vacationers, AccuWeather's
marketing technology relies on the concern's ability to isolate and
identify accurately the current weather conditions in every U.S.
ZIP code and then supply the related banner advertising or text