VCB Email News Network
Week of July 24, 2016
During the month of June 2016, Smith Travel Research recorded a 70.4 percent occupancy rate for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, reflecting a 4.6 percent increase compared to 67.2 percent in June 2015. RevPAR figures (revenue per average room) increased by 20.3 percent over June 2015. Contact: Tamara Pigott (TPigott@leegov.com), 239-338-3500.
Buzzfeed.com recently listed two Lee County communities in its 11 Small Florida Towns You Need to Visit. At No.1, the list recommends Sanibel Island “for secluded and untouched beauty.” At No. 8, it lists Fort Myers “for underrated history and serene beaches.” Contact: Tamara Pigott (TPigott@leegov.com), 239-338-3500.
The Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently voted to reappoint Robert Wells to the Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC). First appointed to the TDC in 2006, Wells will continue for a third term on the board. He serves as president of Cabbage Key Inc., which owns the restaurant and cottages on Cabbage Key and the historic Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. Contact: Tamara Pigott (TPigott@leegov.com), 239-338-3500.
Lee County hosted 23 amateur sports during the first quarter of 2016, driving 15,136 sports visitors to the county. During the three-month period from January through March 2016, amateur sports generated 18,377 hotel room nights sold and about $11.5 million in direct and indirect economic impact. Contact: Jeff Mielke (JMielke@leegov.com), 239-344-5201.
The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) welcomes two new interns, Maya Mathis and Wynter Rose. Mathis will work in Visitor Services and Rose will work with the MarCom department. Contact: Contact: Tamara Pigott (TPigott@leegov.com), 239-338-3500.
During June 2016, 865,554 passengers traveled through Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, reflecting an increase of 6.1 percent compared to June 2015. Year-to-date, passenger traffic is up 4 percent from the same period last year. Contact: Victoria B. Moreland (vbmoreland@ flylcpa.com), 239-590-4504.
Frontier Airlines will begin nonstop service between Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Sept. 9, 2016. Frontier will operate four weekly flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays between RSW and Dulles on a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. Contact: Victoria B. Moreland (vbmoreland@ flylcpa.com), 239-590-4504.
‘Tween Waters Inn on Captiva Island makes summer stays attractive with three value packages. The Midweek Magic deal throws in a free third night for two-night midweek (Sunday through Thursday) stays through Oct. 30, 2016. July 6 through Oct. 30, four-night stays any time of the week earn an extra free night with the Summer Splash package. Starting Aug. 4, boaters can also score free nights with the Anchors Away package. All packages include a $100 resort coupon book. Contact: Emily Kettner (EmilyK@make-noise.com), 239-395-9555.
TripAdvisor has accepted the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs for the second consecutive year as a Gold Level GreenLeader. The program helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the United States. Contact: Patricia George (email@example.com), 239-390-4280.
The Lani Kai Island Resort on Fort Myers Beach is renovating 100 rooms and its restaurant overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The first of the renovated rooms are expected to be ready by mid-summer. The first-floor rooms will be completed in September. Contact: 239-463-3111.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village recently was included on the fourth annual Starwood Preferred Guest Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts List. The property was listed in two categories -- Top 10 Resorts in the USA and Best Family Adventures. The select list features 67 out of Starwood’s nearly 1,200 hotels and resorts. Contact: Lesley Duckworth (firstname.lastname@example.org), 212-868-1900 ext. 232.
The Shell Factory & Nature Park in North Fort Myers has added the new 600-foot, 30-mph Soaring Eagle Zip Line to its menu of family attractions. The Nature Park also recently welcomed a new pair of male and female marmosets. Contact: Rick Tupper (email@example.com), 239-560-9522.
Miss Evie – a Grand Banks 42 motor yacht – has joined the Southwest Florida Yachts charter fleet based in Cape Coral. The yacht has three air-conditioned sleeping cabins, a galley, a dinette seating six, a rail-mounted charcoal grill, and two color TVs. Contact: Jim Frankowiak (firstname.lastname@example.org), 813-220-3002.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has recognized the Edison Botanical Research Laboratory at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. Contact: Lisa Sbuttoni (email@example.com), 239-334-7419.
The Sanibel Historical Village on Sanibel Island is offering free admission on June 14, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is usually $10 for adults, free for children ages 17 and younger. Contact: Emilie Alfino (firstname.lastname@example.org), 239-472-4648.
DINING & RETAIL
Blue Coyote Supper Club on Sanibel Island is offering complimentary, self-guided, golf-cart eco-tours of the Sanibel Island Golf Club course to families who make dinner reservations. The golf course is home to alligators, iguanas, ibises, and other birds. Contact: Cindie Barker (Cindie@bluecoyotesupperclub.com), 239-472-9222.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has opened at Miromar Outlets in Estero. The shop features a variety of handmade chocolate confections and specializes in custom orders. Contact: 239-949-6757.
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