A 15% COMMISSION
and T-shirts bearing the message
"Hug Your Travel Agent" are the latest offerings from South Beach
Hotels, part of the Atlantic Stars Group, based in Newport, R.I.
The two Miami Beach hotels, both from the Art Deco era, are
undergoing room renovations. They are the Avalon Majestic (800)
933-3306 and the South Seas (800) 345-2678. For more information,
check the Web site, www.southbeachhotels.com
MORE PAY NEWS: Up to 15% commission is offered
for bookings in conjunction with the Top 100 Teacher Weekend, April
24 to 27, at World Golf Village, St. Augustine, where 24 of the
world's top golf instructors, selected by Golf magazine, will
provide clinics, seminars and lessons. The 15% pay is earned on all
bookings made by Jan. 31; otherwise the pay is 10%. A three-night
commissionable package, from $2,195 per person, (limited to 300
students) is available. It includes a room, instruction clinics,
all meals -- including two dinners with the instructors, course
materials, a cocktail reception at the World Golf Hall of Fame and
instruction on the Slammer & Squire golf course. For
information, call (877) 288-9688.
DOLLY PARTON'S DIXIE Stampede Dinner & Show
attraction will open in Orlando May 23, with a general admission
price of $43.99 for ages 12 and older; $28.99 for those ages 3 to
11. Tax is extra and group rates for 20 or more are available. The
cost includes a four-course dinner, the show and other
entertainment. This will be Dolly Parton's fourth location. Other
Dixie Stampedes are in Branson, Mo.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Pigeon
Forge, Tenn. For information, contact John Stine, director of sales
and marketing, based at the pre-opening office, 3714 Vineland Road,
Orlando; (407) 238-4455. The Web site is www.dixiestampede.com.
ON THE CULTURAL front, the Museum of Fine Arts,
St. Petersburg, will play host to a unique exhibition in its
Kathryn B. Stenquist Gallery -- "Little Luxuries: Baby Rattles and
Teethers from the 18th to the 20th Century." Set for Nov. 23 to
April 27, the exhibit will feature some 125 European and American
works. For information on this and other exhibits, contact the
museum, (727) 896-2667. The Web site is www.fine-arts.org.
• The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club completed a $3 million
room and corridor renovation as part of its four-year, $25 million
enhancement program. The hotel updated 256 rooms and suites with
new fabrics, furnishings and carpets. For information, call (800)
237-7600; The Web site is http://naplesbeachhotel.com.
• The Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa, Miami Beach, named
Saun Lightbourne director of sales. Previously he was director of
national accounts. In other news, the hotel introduced a one-night
Jingle Bell Roc package valid for stays Dec. 15 to Jan. 5. Priced
at $257 double per night, it covers the room, a full breakfast, a
holiday music compact disk, eggnog, milk and cookies. Agents earn
10% on the entire package. For information, call (888) EDEN ROC.
The Web site is at www.edenrocresort.com.
AIR FAIR 2003 is set for Pompano Beach Air
Park, Jan. 18 and 19. The Greater Fort Lauderdale event honors war
veterans with a display of aircraft used between World War II and
Desert Storm. In addition, there will be a USO Canteen Dance on
Jan. 18. For the air show, admission is $5 per day for visitors
ages 17 and older; $3 for those ages 7 to 16. The USO dance has a
$10 fee. For information, call (954) 782-7287; the Web site is www.goldcoast351.com.