THIRTEEN THRIFTY CAR RENTAL locations in South
Florida agreed to pay 12% base commissions on leisure rentals of
Chrysler's PT Cruiser models through Sept. 30. The vehicle can be
rented at those sites for $39.99 daily. The participating locations
are: Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale Airport, Fort Pierce, Key Largo,
Key West, Miami Airport, Miami downtown, Miami Beach (South Beach),
Plantation, Stuart, Sunny Isles, West Palm Beach Airport, and Vero
Beach. At other U.S. Thrifty locations, the cost of the car varies
and the commission is 10%, a Thrifty spokesman said. To assure the
12% commission, agents should mention code PC88EE when booking by
phone, the GDS or through Thrifty's Web site, www.thrifty.com.
• The 54-room Chesterfield Hotel, Palm Beach, offers a one-night
Bed and Breakfast plan through Sept. 30, priced at $99 single or
double, plus tax and tips. It covers a room, continental breakfast
and a 15% discount on food, beverage or gift shop purchases. For
information, call (800) 243-7871 or check the Web site www.chesterfieldpalmbeach.com.
• The 254-room Ramada Miami Beach Inn, which introduced a 15%
commission policy last Dec. 1, is extending it indefinitely,
according to Bernard Resnick, its management consultant, who
reported that agent reservations were up by 18% for the six months
ended May 31 vs. the same period last year. (Agents generate about
50% of the hotel's guests.) He also attributed the higher agent
volume to value-added offers of a free Alamo subcompact, a courtesy
South Beach limo transfer for dining and a free Princesa casino
cruise. For information, call (800) 327-8163.
• Delta Vacations offers pay of up to 14% plus the fourth or
seventh night free on fly-drive packages using selected Florida
west coast hotels. Among the fourth-night-free deals is a package
to the Holiday Inn, Naples, priced from $399 per person, double,
including hotel tax, roundtrip air from Boston; Buffalo, N.Y.;
Wichita, Kan.; Newark; and Milwaukee, as well as an Alamo car. The
plan must be booked by June 30 for travel Aug. 26 to Oct. 4. For
information, call (800) 221-6666 or check the Web site www.deltavacations.com.
• Southwest Airlines Vacations (operated by Mark Travel Corp.)
starting July 1 will offer a line of packages to Walt Disney World
using Disney on-site hotels. Three-night Disney Fall Fantasy
packages start at $469 per person, double, for travel Sept. 3 to
29, out of Nashville, covering air fare, an All-Star Resorts room,
Ultimate Park Hopper ticket and on-site traveler assistance. Rapid
rewards members will get a double credit. For information, call
(800) 423-5683 or check the Web site www.swavacations.com.
VISIT FLORIDA'S board of directors voted to
give incumbent Tampa ad agency Fahlgren-Benito a one-year extension
of its contract to handle the state's $11 million advertising
account, although a task force had recommended Orlando-based
Yesawich, Pepperdine & Brown get the assignment. The extension
goes into effect July 1.
RAIN CHECK... Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will
provide a replacement day free should a visitor complain that rain
dampened the experience. Under the park's new rain guarantee
policy, the visitor must request a replacement day voucher, which
will include a photo for future identification. The voucher must be
used within seven days of the rainy day visit.