REGAL CRUISES, which bases the Regal Empress out
of Port Manatee (north of Sarasota) most of the year, offers a 10%
bonus commission (on top of an agent's normal commission) for the
June 21 three-night cruise to Key West. Fares are from $329 per
person, double. For information, call (800) 270-7245, Ext. 100.
RESORTQUEST INT'L, a Memphis-based vacation
rental and property management company, signed a pact with ATA
Vacations, the tour operator arm of Indianapolis-based American
Trans Air, whereby ResortQuest provides condos and homes in Florida
and Arizona to be used as components in commissionable ATA
Vacations packages. Florida sites include Longboat Key, Sanibel
Island, Naples and Orlando. ATA links Indianapolis and Chicago with
Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Fort
Myers. For information, call (800) 442-8952 or visit www.atavacations.com.
MIAMI BEACH commissioners and even the city's
mayor, David Dermer, voted unanimously to extend the contract of
the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau for another two
years. In exchange, the bureau agreed to provide the city with more
exposure for its summer festival events and to spotlight its
boutique hotels and gay-lesbian draws. Initially Dermer opposed the
contract renewal on the grounds that the city was not getting
sufficient promotion for its $5 million annual contribution.
CARLTON ORLANDO, an Atlanta-based group led by
businessman Malcolm J. Gold, said it will build a 3,100-room
property in Orlando. The Carlton Park Convention Hotel -- use of
the name was purchased from the European-based Carlton Park chain
-- is targeted to open in the Int'l Drive resort district near the
Orlando/Orange County Convention Center by spring 2005. Plans for
the property include 150,000 square feet of meeting space, a
business center, six dining outlets and a spa.
THE SALVADOR DALI Museum, St. Petersburg,
marking its 20th anniversary this year, imported a Cubism exhibit
from Spain. It will be on-site through Sept. 8. For information,
call (727) 823-3767.
HOTEL DEAL: The Sonesta Beach Resort, Key
Biscayne, offers an Island Fest package June 1 to Sept. 15, ranging
from $165 to $205 per night single or double. Clients arriving any
Sunday, Monday or Tuesday who pay for three nights will get the
fourth night free. For information, call (800) SONESTA or check the
Web site www.sonesta.com.