Condominiums, a 193-unit luxury
property in Panama City, is to break ground this summer, with
completion set for May 2004. Abbott Resorts, a division of
Memphis-based ResortQuest Int'l, was tapped to handle management
and vacation rentals for the 22-story, gulf-front complex.
CYPRESS GARDENS is following up its
Oktoberfest, successfully run the past five years, with an expanded
event called World Fest, a salute to music and food around the
globe. The dates are Nov. 2 to 11. For information, call (800)
282-2123 or check the Web site, www.cypressgardens.com
THE FLORIDA KEYS' fifth national wildlife
refuge, the 25-acre Ohio Key, opened at mile marker 39 on U.S.
Route 1. It is an important bird habitat, and is administered by
the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
PARKING RATES for the Universal Orlando theme
parks increased from $7 to $8. Nearly all of Universal's public
parking is covered. Parking fees for the open lots at SeaWorld
Orlando cost $7; at Walt Disney World, $6.
AIR SERVICE UPDATE
• Vanguard Airlines added a second daily nonstop on its Kansas
City-Orlando route. For information, call the agent hotline, (800)
• AirTran will inaugurate Milwaukee-Orlando service June 19. For
information, call (800) AIR-TRAN.
• Pan Am begins daily, nonstop flights June 28 between Orlando
Sanford Airport and Newark and between Orlando Sanford and Miami.
For information, call (800) 359-7262.
• Oceans Resorts' Best Western La Playa Resort, Daytona Beach,
introduced a Play, Stay and Eat Free package applicable to Sunday
through Thursday stays completed by Aug. 29. For $99 per room per
night, clients qualify for one free night when paying for two, as
well as a free breakfast for children ages 12 and younger dining
with a paying adult. Also, there is a free upgrade to an oceanfront
room; free golf fees at participating Daytona Beach courses when
paying for a cart rental (tee times after noon), and the summer
recreation program for kids. When booking, agents should request
rate code OSFR. The Web site is www.staydaytona.com.
• South Seas Resort, Captiva Island, introduced a three-night
Family Fun package covering two adults and two children. Valid on
stays through Dec. 23, the plan's rates are from $912 for a
one-bedroom unit; $1,110 for a two-bedroom. Included are room,
daily breakfast, one dinner in Chadwick's, one dinner in Cap'n Al's
Dockside Grill, two pizzas and soda, a daily child and teen
activity and other features. For information, call (800) 572-5998
or check the Web site, www.south-seas-resort.com.
• Turnberry Isle, Aventura, introduced the four-night All the Best
package, priced at $657 per room and valid on stays through Sept.
30.The plan includes a free fourth night, the room, fruit basket,
daily breakfast buffet, unlimited spa and Ocean Club admissions,
valet parking, taxes and service charges. There is a $50 credit per
room for each night spent. which can be used on meals, golf,
tennis, spa treatments or merchandise. For information, call (800)
327-7028 or check the Web site, www.turnberryisle.com.