Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: November 14, 2001

EXPEDIA.COM and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau signed a marketing alliance whereby the bureau will help sponsor Expedia's online Miami Travel Store. A toll-free booking number also will be administered by Expedia and there will be a hot ink to the bureau's new Web site, www.whatmakesyouhappy.com, where vacation packages can be researched and booked.

PAN AM on Dec. 6 will reinstate Gary, Ind./Chicago nonstops to Orlando/Sanford. In addition, Pan Am will inaugurate service that day between Gary/Chicago and St. Petersburg/Clearwater. By the end of the year, or early 2002, Boston Maine Airways, a Pan Am affiliate, expects to win FAA approval to operate scheduled services within Florida. Boston Maine, using 19-passenger Jetstream 131s, would link Orlando/Sanford with St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Fort Myers.

HOTEL DEALS:
• Amelia Island (Fla.) Plantation introduced a $99 per night double room rate for its Amelia Inn applicable to selected nights through Feb. 16. In addition, there are two-for-one deals on golf, tennis, some spa services, bike rentals, nature tours, youth and teen programs, breakfasts and dinners. For information, call (800) 874-6878.
• To bolster business for the rest of the year, Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale, introduced two commissionable promotions. On stays through Dec. 20, it extends 30% discounts to Florida and Georgia residents; rooms are from $105 per night, double. Blackout dates apply. For the Thanksgiving period, Nov. 18 to 27, guests pay for two nights and get the third night free. The minimum room rate is $149 double. For information, call (800) 222-6543
• The Boca Raton (Fla.) Resort & Club offers a Thanksgiving deal Nov. 18 to 26; it calls for rates from $190 per night for a Golf Villa room. Clients qualify for 50% discounts on golf, tennis and an adjoining room for kids. The Thanksgiving Extravaganza buffet, Nov. 22, will cost $55 per person. Meanwhile, the resort's Spa Palazzo opens in December, with 22 treatment suites. Guests ages 16 and older have access. In February, the 112-unit, Yacht Club addition opens. It will have personal butler service, a concierge lounge and a 25-slip marina. For information, call (888) 495-BOCA.
• A $99 net rate per person is extended to corporate and association groups meeting at the 585-room Roney Palace Beach Resort, Miami Beach, now through Dec. 31. Included are an executive guest room, a meeting room, morning and afternoon beverage breaks, daily continental breakfast, early check-in and late check-out. A minimum of 10 guest rooms per night must be reserved. For information, call (800) 432-4317.

THE NEW CHAIRMAN of the Florida Hotel & Motel Association for 2001-2002 is G. Gary Brown, owner of the Sun Viking Lodge, and three other Daytona Beach motels.

OPENING IN MARCH, three miles from downtown Fernandina Beach, is the 90-unit Amelia Hotel & Suites, which will offer year-around rates from $99 to $229 per night. It will be family-owned and operated by RRG of Amelia Inc. and more than half the rooms will have ocean views. Agent and tour operator business will be welcome, according to Heidi Germano, RRG vice president. For information, call (904) 261-5735 or view the Web site, www.ameliahotelandsuites.com.

A SECURITY SYMPOSIUM related to the hospitality sector is set for Nov. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Dedman School of Hospitality, University Building B, in Tallahassee. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Speakers will include Rick de Treville of Safemark Systems, and Maj. Jack Handley of the Florida State Police. For information, call (850) 644-9046.

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