Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: October 30, 2002

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,

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

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

• 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
• 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

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

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