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Northwest Florida: Quit Quarrelling… Family Travel can be Fabulous!
Feb 4, 2015
You’ve been there before… The kids want to go to the water park, your parents want to check out some wildlife watching, and your other half? Your other half wants to bury their head in the sand! Keeping everyone in the family happy on vacation can be something of a juggling...
Florida: Five Good Reasons to Let a Fish Influence Your Vacation Plans!
Jan 7, 2015
Whether it’s wiggling on the end of your line or lying on your dinner plate, the humble fish is a big part of any Florida vacation. What else would you expect from ‘The Fishing Capital of the World’? Yes, fish is a serious business in Florida, whether you’re catching it or eating...
10 Reasons New Smyrna Beach Needs to be on Your 2015 Bucket List
Dec 10, 2014
Take a peek at anyone's bucket list and you will find that almost every one includes paying a visit to one of Florida's beautiful sandy beaches. However, because of their popularity, most of Florida's beaches are pack to the brim with tourists. At just an hour's drive outside of Orlando,
Florida: Holiday Happenings
Nov 26, 2014
Trade in the cold, slushy snow for white powdery sand this holiday season. With an abundance of sunshine and more than 800 miles of beautiful beaches, it is no wonder travellers from around the country flock to Florida for a sunny December. With all the activities happening around the state,
Florida: Fresh and Fun Flavours
Nov 19, 2014
Acres of citrus groves and miles of coastline offering access to the freshest seafood may have put the Sunshine State on the culinary map, but Florida also brings a host of other flavours to the table. Florida is a paradise for foodies who crave locally sourced, farm-to-table and fishing-boat-to-table fare. The state’s...
Anchors Away - 17 Ferry Rides That Will Leave You Speechless
Nov 15, 2014
Ferries can be more than just a way to get from one location to another - they can often provide the best ways to tour some of the most beautiful and remote locations on Earth. Here are some of our favourites…
Orlando: ‘Made for Canadians’ Deals Offer Savings Of Up To 50 Percent Off
Nov 12, 2014
With Colder Weather Predicted in Canada, Travellers Can Enjoy the Sunshine with 75 Destination-Wide Deals Travellers can escape to Orlando this winter with special savings designed exclusively for Canadians. While the Farmers’ Almanac forecasts colder-than-normal weather for eastern Canada this year, Orlando offers sunshine and warmer temperatures for those looking to thaw out. Visit...
Florida’s Emerald Coast: The Fish Lover’s Guide
Nov 4, 2014
The Emerald Coast is the hottest destination on Florida's gulf coast when it comes to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. While cities like Fort Walton, Grayson and Panama City host some decent beach fishing and charters, Destin is the gem of the region. The billfish pulled into Destin port...
Florida’s Emerald Coast: The Eco Guide
Oct 27, 2014
The Emerald Coast is lined by white sand beaches that emerge from thick pine forests and wetlands before tapering away into the endless horizon of emerald-green water from which the area gets its name. Essentially, it is an area that begs visitors to explore its natural beauty. While some towns...
Orlando: More Halloween Theme Park Events Than Any Other City
Sep 16, 2014
Orlando celebrates Halloween from every end of the spectrum with nationally recognized events at some of the world’s most popular theme parks. Whether it involves horrifying haunted houses or costume parties with friendly characters, Orlando’s theme parks bring Halloween to a whole new level with more than 80 individual events leading...
Sunwing Vacations Launches Direct, Non-Stop Flights from Ottawa to St Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida
Sep 11, 2014
It will soon be even easier for residents of Ottawa to reach some of Florida’s finest beaches with the introduction of a new direct, non-stop flight commencing December 18, 2014, which will connect the capital with this popular west coast Florida destination in 3 ½ hours. Departing Thursdays, the weekly service...
Visit Florida: Industry Update
Aug 30, 2014
VISIT FLORIDA goes live with redesigned site A new, redesigned VISIT FLORIDA home page is now live, highlighted by "a cleaner, more responsive design that delivers a consistent view of the homepage across a wide range of devices and screen sizes, providing an optimal viewing experience like never before." New...
Orlando: Hogwarts Express Clocks Up One Million
Aug 7, 2014
Cheers from guests filled the air at Hogsmeade Station today as Universal Orlando Resort celebrated its one millionth rider on the Hogwarts Express – the iconic train that transported Harry Potter and his friends between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in J.K. Rowling’s beloved series. To celebrate this magical...
Orlando: Magical Dining Month Returns
Jul 24, 2014
More than 75 restaurants are serving up savings this September during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month. Returning in its ninth year with the greatest number of restaurants in the program’s history, this year’s event will include more dates than ever before, thanks to the addition of a special preview week,
Tampa Bay: Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!
Jul 10, 2014
If you’re looking for a break from all the amusement parks while visiting Florida, take some time to wander through a few of the amazing animal parks near Tampa Bay. Here are some of our favourites... Safari Wilderness Ranch Much closer than Africa, your safari tour travels through 260 acres of wilderness to...
Springtime Flower Power
Apr 2, 2014
Activities at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm's annual Tulip Fest, in Oregon, include wine tasting and u-pick tulips. By Josephine Matyas Wiarton Willie has predicted six more weeks of winter - not a happy thought for much of Canada, as it has been a cold and snowy season. But for large parts of...
World Report March 2014
Mar 31, 2014
Las Vegas Not Your Average Buffet With the introduction of the first Chef's Table within a buffet, Bellagio raises the bar in buffet dining. This unique V.I.P. table experience includes a skilled chef team preparing the finest culinary dishes tableside. Upon arrival to Bellagio Buffet, guests will bypass the main line and...
Miami By Phone – The Smart Way To Navigate The City
Mar 21, 2014
From transit and food to zoos and celebrities, here are the hottest apps to help you navigate one of Florida’s hottest cities... Miami & Beaches App The Miami and Beaches app lacks an inventive name, but it provides everything visitors need to know about the city. With its "Around me now" feature...
Great Breaks - March Deals for Canadians Across The U.S.
Mar 6, 2014
By Josephine Matyas There has been much media coverage about the drop in the Canadian-U.S. exchange rate, making holidays south of the border potentially more expensive for Canadian travellers. States and attractions have stepped forward with special deals to entice Canadians heading south for the March break – every little bit...
Northern Exposure - Discover Historic Towns & High Tech Festivals In North Florida
Feb 15, 2014
From Pensacola’s vibrant street life, to swimming with manatees on the nature coast, northern Florida blends history with nature – and then adds a good-old-fashioned dash of Southern-style hospitality for good measure...
Where Arts Meet Nature - South Florida Is The Place To Experience Arts, Culture & The Great Outdoors
Feb 14, 2014
Think South Florida and you think Miami, of course. Red-hot nightlife, world-class performing arts, superb shopping – the city is hot, hot, hot. But there is much more to discover. Like the Fort Myers Film festival, or Bradenton’s Village of the Arts...
I Love Lucie - The Jewel Of The Treasure Coast
Feb 13, 2014
Just a two hour drive north of Miami, St Lucie County comprises of the cities of Fort Pierce and Port St Lucie, and the endless beaches of idyllic Hutchinson Island...
The Centre Of Attention - From Light Speed to Laid Back, Central Florida Has A Pace For Every Personality
Feb 12, 2014
Sure there are beaches in Central Florida. Lots of them, with miles of white sand and perfect blue waters. But there are also theme parks galore with rides that will get your heart pumping and artistic endeavours that will touch your soul. There is fine dining, cosmic adventure and off-road...
Go Beyond Fast - A Peek At Daytona Beach's Arts, Culture & History
Feb 12, 2014
Ever since the 1950s, car racing has been a major feature of this sunny city on Florida�s Atlantic coast. Today, hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts annually flock to the Daytona International Speedway for blockbuster events like the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24-hour race. Certainly the Speedway is where the...
Selling By The Letter - Don’t Neglect Your BFFFs, BPTVs, BBFKs & BFRs When You’re Selling FLA
Feb 7, 2014
Family travel has been hitting the headlines for some time now, as has generational selling – so we’re going to combine family travel with generational selling to produce an exciting new niche that will generate some big data and even bigger commissions – and the only heat map you’ll be...
Good Vibrations - Each Beach Town In The St. Pete/Clearwater Area Has Its Own Unique Vibe
Jan 10, 2014
You could be forgiven for thinking you are in Crete or Corfu rather than Florida when you wander through the historic riverfront town of Tarpon Springs, which lies just 20 minutes north of Clearwater...
Plan Ahead - The Best Places To Enjoy The Holiday Spirit Across The U.S.
Jan 7, 2014
By Josephine Matyas How does the song go? The most wonderful time of the year… Next year's holiday season will be...
Dig In - Food-Based Travel Across The United States
Jan 6, 2014
Culinary tourism is a growing trend that appeals across a wide swath of demographics: age, income, gender, education. Everyone loves to nibble, to taste and to explore culinary pathways. And a holiday to the U.S. offers up lots of regional variety. Come along as we explore some tours and trails...
Ring In The New Year - 10 Spectacular Celebrations In Tampa Bay
Dec 28, 2013
Make this New Year’s Eve an experience to remember with any of the 10 spectacular celebrations throughout the Tampa Bay area. From aquatic adventures and fireworks cruises, to rooftop revelry and fiery Flamenco dinner shows, there are plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in Tampa Bay...
Seasonal Stays - Holiday Hotels That Delight
Dec 21, 2013
A hotel lobby is not simply for checking in and checking out. At this time of year they are canvases for the Christmas imagination, as stunning yuletide creative concepts burst to life…...
Speed Freak Getaways - 13 Things To Do While Checking Out The Daytona 500
Dec 16, 2013
Every year the Daytona International Speedway draws huge crowds of racing enthusiasts for its variety of events – but no event draws more crowds than Nascar's Daytona 500. The race is held every third Sunday in February, and fans flock to Daytona Beach from across the world just to catch...
October 2013 - World Report Round-Up
Dec 3, 2013
Universal Orlando Resort is offering Canadians an exclusive 40-per cent hotel discount on a 4-night or longer stay at one of Universal Orlando’s three AAA Four Diamond on-site hotels...
Gilding The Lily - What’s New In Already-Perfect Beaches Of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 28, 2013
When you’re already blessed with gorgeous, sandy beaches, lovely seas and a laid-back community bracketed by nature, what can you do to gild the lily? In the case of the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, you sit back and let the heavens come to you...
Guided City Tours - Walk, Bike Or Ride A Segway Across The U.S.A.
Nov 7, 2013
Enjoy the beauty of Florida’s Fort De Soto Park (in the St. Petersburg area) with a family-friendly, free one-hour nature walk...
Gilding The Lily - What's New In Already-Perfect Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 4, 2013
When you’re already blessed with gorgeous, sandy beaches, lovely seas and a laid-back community bracketed by nature, what can you do to gild the lily? In the case of the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, you sit back and let the heavens come to you...
Let's Get Lost - 13 Amazing Corn Mazes
Oct 18, 2013
It's fall, which can only mean one thing: Canadian fun-seekers are busy looking for corn mazes to get lost in! Here are 13 of our favourites...
World Report - Malaysia, Florida And Cruising
Oct 15, 2013
Visitors to Malaysia can download a free application for their smartphones that puts a complete guide of Malaysia in the palm of their hand. The “Malaysia Trip Planner,” gives travellers personalized and practical information on Malaysia, and all there is to see and do...
Always Fresh - What's New & What's Still Hot In Florida Family Vacations
Oct 7, 2013
Always something new. Always a fresh twist on perennial favourites. That’s how the Sunshine State maintains its prominence among the world’s family holiday spots...
Winter's Coming - Where To Go, What To See & What To Do On A Winter Long-Stay Vacation
Oct 6, 2013
When winter hits Canada, some Canadians simply choose to pack their bags and head to somewhere warm. You need not go that far – check out the U.S...
Florida 2013 - The Sunshine State
Sep 24, 2013
Empire of the Penguin: The coldest theme park attraction in the world. This is the largest expansion to date across all SeaWorld parks. SeaWorld Orlando.
World Report - August 2013
Sep 16, 2013
Orlando Treats Agents Visit Orlando’s annual savings program for hospitality and tourism industry employees, Global Hospitality Days, runs through September 30. “Hospitality...
World Report -- Florida, Poland & Australia
Sep 5, 2013
Orlando: Agent Treats Visit Orlando’s annual savings program for hospitality and tourism industry employees, Global Hospitality Days, runs through September 30. “Hospitality...
Hot To Trot - Dance Vacations On Florida's South Coast
Sep 1, 2013
Florida's south coast is primarily known for sun and sand. However, there’s a new trend taking off in south Florida,
The Smart Alternative - Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Aug 14, 2013
If you were to envision paradise, what would it be?  Miles of sandy beach? Warm waves breaking over your feet?
Summer Nights - Discover Tampa Bay When The Sun Goes Down
Jul 17, 2013
When the sun goes down over Tampa Bay, the average temperature is a pleasant 26 degrees celsius, making the summer evenings the perfect time to discover all of the attractions that the region has to offer.
Snap Shots - Dracula Tours, A Walk In Seoul, A Night At The Museum
Jul 15, 2013
Something Wicked This Way Comes Scare yourself stupid in Romania this Halloween by following in the footsteps of Vlad the Impaler. Quest...
It's Easy Being Green - Eco-friendly & “Green” Destinations Across The US
Jul 4, 2013
Travellers are thinking about the environment: the impact of their travel choices, where to go and what to do to leave the smallest footprint. This is where travel professionals come in – a little reading, some research and you’ll be well on your way to making suggestions that are good...
Hit The Trail - Walks, Hikes & Treks Across The U.S.
Jul 4, 2013
By Josephine Matyas Now that the good weather has arrived, outdoors fiends tie up their shoes and head for the trails. Think...
World Report May 2013 - Trade Edition
May 29, 2013
Pink Jeep Tours is offering the Ultimate Grand Canyon Experience Tour that allow guests to climb aboard a state-of-the-art Scenic Airlines touring Vistaliner® and fly over Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and the majestic Colorado River on their way to the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim. Once on the ground...
Mega Value - The Mills Boasts Plenty Of Value & Plenty Of Fun
May 29, 2013
If you enjoy shopping, then you will love The Mills with its mega outlet, value retail and entertainment offerings. Found in...
From Denim To Designer - Macy's Celebrates All Things American
May 29, 2013
The name Macy’s needs no explanation. In 1858, it started out as a small, dry goods store on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in New York City. Today, it has become one of the largest retailers in the world with over 850 stores and furniture galleries within...
World Report - April 2013
May 1, 2013
Together with the Berlin hotel industry, visitBerlin has launched the pink pillow Berlin Collection, the world’s only network of hotels that especially welcome gay, transgender, bisexual and lesbian travellers. Berlin is known for its openness and welcoming atmosphere, making it one of the leading gay travel destinations in the world.
World Report - January 2013
Feb 28, 2013
  New Fairmont In Dubai The newest addition to the Fairmont portfolio is on the world’s largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah, and near to many other man-made record holders like Burj Khalifa, the largest free-standing building in the world. Fairmont The Palm is a spacious development with 381 guestrooms and suites, including two...
Northern Shores - From The Emerald Coast To The Historic Coast, Northern Florida Is In A World All Its Own
Jan 31, 2013
  By Graham Templeton   Did you know St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America? It was 500 years ago the Spanish landed and the state of Florida has celebrated ever since. What’s to celebrate up here? How about historic sites, both Spanish and aboriginal? What about miles and miles...
Doing Dali - From Sublime To Intriguing, Discover Florida's Cultural Treasures
Jan 31, 2013
  By Donna Carter   With the Sunshine State’s worldwide reputation for theme parks and beaches, first time visitors are often surprised to discover a vibrant arts and culture scene that includes a wealth of top-notch museums, opera, theatre, performing arts, world class symphony and a number of fascinating cultural attractions.     Remember “The Big...
Southern Arts - From Swamp Buggies To Art Villages, Discover Southern Florida's Many,
Jan 31, 2013
  By Graham Templeton   Think South Florida and you think Miami, of course. Red-hot nightlife, world-class performing arts, superb shopping – the city is hot, hot, hot. But there is much more to discover. Like the Fort Myers Film Festival, or Bradenton’s...
It's Always Sunny - Florida's Warmth Covers Much More Than The Weather
Jan 31, 2013
  By Lindor Reynolds   Postcards from Florida inevitably feature long, smooth beaches, groves of perfect orange trees, a grinning cartoon sun or stretches of pastel-hued hotels. The clichés are true, of course, because Florida is filled with natural attractions and manmade wonders to lure visitors. But Florida is much more than ever-expanding theme...
The Great Outdoors - Head Beyond The Beach & Discover Florida's Natural Attractions
Jan 31, 2013
    By Lindor Reynolds   Florida is a paradise for sports fans, wilderness enthusiasts and adventure-seekers. Whether you want to attend a game played by your favourite professional team, paddle a kayak through a secluded park or sit quietly to bird watch, Florida has what you need. If you’ve got the interest, the...
Centre Of It All - Central Florida Is THE Place For Hot & Cool Adventures
Jan 31, 2013
  By Graham Templeton   Sure there are beaches in Central Florida. Lots of them, with miles of white sand and perfect blue waters. But there are also theme parks galore with rides that will get your heart pumping and artistic endeavours that will touch your soul. There is fine dining, cosmic adventure...
You'll Be Amazed - Dinosaurs & Dolphins, Lions & Mice - Florida Theme Parks Have It All
Jan 31, 2013
  By Lindor Reynolds   Let’s face it: The Mouse dominates the Florida amusement park scene. Walt Disney World is synonymous with Orlando to many visitors and for good reason. It’s the world’s most-visited entertainment resort, drawing millions of visitors annually. But Walt Disney World isn’t the state’s only amusement park. Travel a...
Sand-Sational Playground - Endless Sunshine & Silky Sand Are Just The Start Of A Florida Vacation
Jan 31, 2013
By Donna Carter     Whoever coined the phrase, “life’s a beach,” had to have been thinking of the Sunshine State. With 2,880 kilometres of coastline dotted with hundreds of awesome beaches, Florida is truly a beach lover’s paradise. Moreover, no two are exactly the same meaning there’s plenty of diversity and choice.
World Report - Texas, Kenya, Iceland, Japan, Dubai, Vancouver, UK, Florida
Jan 29, 2013
DALLAS NorthPark Center Makes February “Canada Appreciation Month” Canadians take note: NorthPark Center in Dallas, one of the city’s premier shopping destinations, is hosting “Canada Appreciation Month” in February 2013. “We wanted to show our appreciation for [Canadians’] support and make them feel special,” said Tourism director Anthony Wilkinson. The invitation for Canadians...
By Dali, They've Got It - St. Petersburg/Clearwater Host One Of Florida's Top Arts & Culture Scenes
Dec 24, 2012
By Donna Carter   Sun, sea, sand and a bounty of outdoor activities are a given for this pair of communities that occupy a peninsula on Florida’s central West Coast. Rimmed by Tampa Bay on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west, the area’s sub-tropical climate has long been...
Offshore Bliss
Nov 29, 2012
Floridians from more congested parts of the state regard Lee County as a favourite vacation spot and Canadians are starting...
An Uncomplicated Place
Nov 26, 2012
A collection of 15 unique beach neighbourhoods makes up the region of South Walton. Sprinkled along a 43-kilometre stretch of...
Real Fun
Nov 20, 2012
In Panama City Beach (PCB), it’s all about the beachfront and a “come as you are” kind of attitude (it’s...
10 Destinations For The Nerd In All Of Us - Part 2
Nov 16, 2012
For part 1, click here.   Pythagoras’ achievements may have been entirely his own, or they might have been the compiled findings of his entire order - we really don’t know. What we do know is that the name of Pythagoras was used to publish and popularize some of the most revolutionary...
The World's Luckiest Place
Nov 15, 2012
The towns of Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island anchor the busy 39-kilometre stretch of coastline known as the...
Settling In
Nov 1, 2012
  Long-stay vacations in the U.S. provide good options for a host of reasons. While you’re hibernating, oops, chilling out in...
Bradenton By The Sea
Oct 31, 2012
  When Hernando De Soto made landfall near what is now the city of Bradenton in 1539, he was on a...
Florida 2012 - Sunshine State
Oct 22, 2012
The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history features attractions and experiences in an area that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. Highlights include: flying high with The Great Goofini or with Dumbo the Flying Elephant; and Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station. Under the Sea ~ Journey of...
Bricks, Blockbusters & Beaches - All Family Fun You Can Handle In Central Florida
Sep 26, 2012
It’s like one of those tales from Hans Christian Anderson. You know the one about the village toy maker who brings magic to his work. Only this one is true.
Been There, Haven't Done That
Sep 21, 2012
As I clicked around the VisitFlorida.com website I found over 90 activities posted and each one could be a reason...
Spa Resorts
Sep 21, 2012
Is there anything simpler to promote than the luxury and indulgence of a getaway to a spa? Girlfriend getaways, romantic...
In Another World
Sep 21, 2012
The rich history of the Pensacola Bay Area – Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key, at the far west of...
Just Right - The Greater Fort Myers Area Offers Boasts A Perfect Blend Of Endless Sunshine & Exceptional Beaches
Sep 10, 2012
There’s no question Mother Nature achieved perfection when she crafted The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel where the quality of the sand is second to none. Pure, white and silky-soft, professional sand sculptors from around the world claim it’s the best on the planet from which to create their...
A Night On The Town - Berlin's Nightlife Is Wild, Sexy & Offers Something For Everyone
Sep 5, 2012
Berlin is one of those European cities filled with history, culture and parties. It has also had a thriving gay scene for nearly a century, with the notorious Eldorado club attracting gay icons like Marlene Dietrich and Christopher Isherwood back in the 1920s. Berlin is one of those European cities...
Kidstuff - Tons & Tons Of Fun For Your Junior Travellers
Sep 3, 2012
From two to twenty, it doesn’t matter what age children you’re toting. The St Petersburg/Clearwater area offers affordable attractions your kids will write (or blog) home about. For generations of vacationers, family bonding has meant fishing piers, miles of beaches and shore-side ice cream shops. And now the offerings have...
More Than A Sailing Trip - Shore Excursions Make The Memories On A Western Caribbean Itinerary
Aug 29, 2012
Snorkeling through crystalline waters as the sun’s rays streamed over a kaleidoscopic garden of coral reef, I was living a dream sparked long ago by a film clip of Jacques Cousteau. As tropical fish flashed by, their neon hues glowing in the light, I recalled the French explorer’s description of...
Exhibit A - World-class Museums Across The United States
Aug 20, 2012
If there is one type of attraction that spans the entire continent, it has to be museums. Every town, city and state – no matter the size – has one, two, three…or dozens.
Game On - Get In The Action Or Watch The Pros In St Pete
Aug 3, 2012
Throughout the year St Pete/Clearwater hosts world-class sporting events. You can watch the action or get into the game. Your choice.
Loving It Up - Honeymoon Locations Across The US
Jul 4, 2012
There are as many different honeymoon styles as there are destinations. Casual and laidback (think dude ranch getaway or barefoot beachwalks at sunset), or formal, with all the bells and whistles – hundreds of high-end properties would fit the bill quite nicely.
LGB 2012 Events Calendar
Jun 28, 2012
2012 San Francisco International LGBT Festival, June 14-24 Chicago Pride, June 22-24 New Orleans Pride Festival (NOLA Pride), June 22-24 Toronto Pride, June 22...
Kidstuff! - Family Resorts & Vacations Across The USA
Jun 18, 2012
Getting the family together can be a stress free vacation! The road to success includes understanding everyone’s expectations, providing a variety of activities that appeal to the interests of kids and adults, and planning, planning, planning.
United States
Jun 15, 2012
Be neighbourly and go big on culture, adventure and scenery whether you are visiting the Big Apple, the Big Island or Big Sur. All states are united in making you want to visit America The Beautiful.
Bagging New Commissions - Fill Your Own Shopping Bag Selling What Everyone Loves To Do
May 30, 2012
Can travel counsellors learn anything about sales and service from a shopping trip? You bet! At one time I managed a travel agency in a department store. That’s when and where I learned about merchandising. It’s where you learn about colour, design, layout, placement and slogans that woo you to...
Cheer On The Team! - Baseball Spring Training Happens Here
May 15, 2012
By Josephine Matyas After a long winter, baseball fans are looking for signs that their beloved game will start again soon.
A Room With A View - Putting Your Clients' Heads In The Right Beds Makes Great Commissions
Apr 27, 2012
Flights are booked, now it’s time for the hotels, if you’re booking an FIT trip for you clients. Where to stay? There are limitless options. Check out these suggestions to get you started.
Wet & Wild - Wildlife Thrives on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Apr 23, 2012
Strolling magnificent stretches of white sand are just the first step to experiencing the natural side of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. There are more than 400,000 hectares of nature sanctuaries to explore, and most have paths and boardwalks that allow event the most timid of adventurers to...
US Report
Dec 21, 2011
You can now take a boat cruise from Captiva Island to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. The cruise explores the Caloosahatchee River and its cultural and ecological importance and includes lunch at a private club and a tour of the Estates.
Ah Venice - Explore Fort Lauderdale, The Venice Of America
Dec 21, 2011
With its remarkable bounty of attributes, this Gold Coast city that began as an 1800s fort town is a modern vacation venue with countless blessings, both natural and otherwise. First, its southeast coast location between Miami and Palm Beach guarantees year-round sunshine and a balmy sub-tropical climate – the perfect...
A Sporting Place - Golf, Fishing, Paddling, Baseball & Hockey - Get Beyond The Beach
Nov 25, 2011
Beached out? What to get off the lounger and move in all this Florida sunshine? There is plenty to do, and it is all so accessible you probably won’t know what to do first.
A Different Side Of Florida - Another Pace, Another Time - This Is The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 25, 2011
Sandwiched between Sarasota in the north and Naples in the south, the Fort Myers area, often described as an “unspoiled island sanctuary”, has been attracting tourists since the early 1900s.
Legendary Residents & Residences - Visiting With Notable Citizens & Historic Heroes
Nov 25, 2011
After spending warm winters in the young metropolis of Fort Myers beginning in the late 1800s, world famous visionary Thomas Edison predicted the town would become a major tourist destination eventually attracting millions of people.
Islands In The Sun - A Look At The Communities Of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 25, 2011
Idyllic weather, a colourful past, wonderful beaches, famous visitors, outstanding dining, wonderful beaches, easy-to-access outdoor adventure, fascinating attractions, wonderful beaches and the grace and charm of “Old Florida” – this is The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
They Said It - The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Nov 25, 2011
We strive for the best and care about our guests experience. Every hotel and resort featured in our program has been carefully selected to fit our guests needs.
Here Comes The Sun - Six Sunsational Spring Break Spots
Nov 25, 2011
After a cold Canadian winter, families long to soak up some sun and get busy on the beach. Here are six super spring break suggestions that families will warm up to.
Worth Shelling Out For - Collect A New Source of Commissions From The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel Island
Nov 25, 2011
Now here’s a vacation spot your clients will want to shell out for. Not only do the city fathers of The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel want to share their wonderful area with you, they also allow you to enjoy treasures from the beach itself. More on that in...
Make A Splash - Get Out, Get Wet In St Pete's Deep Blue Seas
Oct 26, 2011
There’s no getting away from it. Anywhere you go in St Pete/Clearwater you’ll be surrounded by water. The peninsula where the cities lie is bounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Tampa Bay on the other. No matter your destination you’ll have to cross a bridge to...
Treasure Hunt - Hidden Shopping & Dining Gems Only The Locals Know
Oct 26, 2011
Taking time out from the beach to refuel and recharge is essential. Nothing energizes a shopaholic more than a standout session of retail therapy and fantastic food.
No Longer A Secret - Uncover All Of St Pete/Clearwater's Charms
Oct 26, 2011
Welcome to St Pete/Clearwater, one of the best-kept secrets on Florida’s West Coast. With 56 kilometres of award-winning beaches, world-class art and culture, and an abundance of outdoor activities, it’s no wonder our little piece of paradise is a favourite getaway for Canadians. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Canadians flock...
Surreal & Serene - St Pete's Cultural Offerings Soothe The Soul & Stimulate The Senses
Oct 26, 2011
We may as well start at the beginning. And for the St Pete/Clearwater area, the beginning is located at Weedon Island Preserve. This low-lying peninsula consists of tidal marshes, pine scrub forests, incredible views of the Bay and ancient Indian mounds dating back more than 3,000 years. The preserve was...
Home Away From Home - Grand Ladies, Superior Small Lodgings & Condo Rentals Fit The Bill
Oct 26, 2011
After the day’s beach adventures, or artistic explorations, it is always nice to have a comfortable place to come home to. And the St Pete/Clearwater area has something for just about every taste and budget, from world-class resorts to family-friendly properties. Settle into a Superior Small Lodging retreat, stow your...
2011 US Report
Oct 26, 2011
Renting a car at Miami International Airport (MIA) is faster and easier with the MIA Mover, a two-kilometre, elevated people mover system that connects passengers from MIA to the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) and the Miami Rental Car Center (RCC), a four-level facility housing the operations of 16 major rental...
How to Sell - St. Petes/Clearwater
Oct 26, 2011
Year-round, Transat Holidays provides its customers across Canada with a full range of holiday products. It offers sun vacations, with a choice of more than 140 hotels, mainly in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, along with an impressive array of flights, packages and tours to some 30 European destinations. Transat...
Always In Season - Sell St Pete/Clearwater & You'll Always Be In Commissions
Oct 26, 2011
Isn’t that a nice lead in to an article about selling St Petersburg and Clearwater to your client list and especially as we enter Fall, Winter and err…well, more Winter! No predictions intended, just that we all know what’s coming in some shape or form – from rain to golf...
Gone Fishin' - Drop Your Line At Great Fishing Holes Across The US
Oct 26, 2011
Some destinations are blessed with shorelines, rivers and lakes teeming with catch – a magnet for those that love the outdoors, whether spending all day casting a line into the water, or just dabbling in a little catch-and-release while on vacation.
Shoppers Paradise - Premium Savings, Premium Brands, Premium Outlets
Sep 30, 2011
Across the US Premium Outlet Centers are the destination shopping centres of choice for hundreds of thousands of Canadians who cross the border to shop each year. Shoppers find their favourite brands at savings of 25% to 65% every day; each center’s stores are accessible in appealing, architecturally-themed settings offering...
Aaah, The Beach - Florida's fabulous beaches are the its greatest natural asset
Sep 30, 2011
With hundreds of miles of coastline punctuated by long stretches of silky sand, Florida remains one of the world's top destinations for beach lovers. It took root in the late 1800s when tourists from the northern United States began flocking there for its sub-tropical climate and sun-bathed beaches. Its future...
It's Family Time - Exploring The Wonders Of Both Central Florida Coasts
Aug 22, 2011
Sun, fun, thrills, adventure, relaxation, culture and gators – what more can you ask for in a family vacation? Our family fun started in Orlando, continued to the east coast and then ended in the Gulf Coast. Fifteen days of non-stop fun and relaxation all in one trip.
Take Your Mark - Lace Up For Marathons & Races Across The US
Aug 22, 2011
The packing list for vacations has changed. Workout gear? Check. Running shoes and gym socks? Check. Water bottle? Check. As more people make daily fitness a part of their lives, more and more of them are also choosing vacation activities that incorporate their fitness routines.
The Numbers Don't Lie, Travel To The U.S. Is Booming
Jul 29, 2011
The Discover America Canada Committee is here to support you. We are a voluntary committee comprised of an exciting and dynamic group of individuals from a broad spectrum of enterprises related to the travel industry. Our primary goal is the promotion of travel to the United States.
Florida 2011 - Sunshine State
Jul 27, 2011
The Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach: 206-room property features gulf front rooms, a full-service restaurant, 925 square metres of meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a lazy river pool with cascading waterfalls. Pensacola.
The Kids Are Alright - Family-Friendly Resorts Across The US
Jun 17, 2011
Canadian travel writer Kate Pocock knows family travel – it’s her speciality. She follows family travel trends and knows what features are important when families are on the road.
A Reel Good Time - Our Film Buff's Guide To Travel Across The US
Apr 20, 2011
The lure of the Silver Screen can be irresistible. For those mesmerized by the glitz and glam of films and television, many U.S. destinations can deliver a taste of Hollywood at film festivals, along film trails and on film locations immortalized on the big screen. So, without further ado, “the...
We Love Florida! - Travel To The Sunshine State Is On The Rebound
Mar 25, 2011
The 35th annual Florida Huddle wrapped up two days of jam-packed appointment sessions and networking events in Daytona Beach on January 25. Supplier attendees from destinations, attractions, and properties from all over Florida met with buyers and media from the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, and many parts of Europe.
Sandy Solutions - Finding The Perfect Beach Vacations For Your Client
Feb 24, 2011
Everyone loves the beach, but the pull of the sand and surf means different things to different people. Have a client who wouldn’t even think of travelling without their pooch? Steer them towards dog-friendly beaches. How about honeymooners looking for a romantic, secluded spot to watch the sun set? Your...
Florida 09 - Sunshine State
Jan 26, 2011
Been There, Haven’t Done That: New VISIT FLORIDA guide that highlights 105 fun and quirky attractions, and activities throughout the state.
Dance, Dance, Dance - Miami's Live Music Scene Is Hot, Hot, Hot
Nov 23, 2010
With its white sand beaches, blue skies and 135 kilometres of Atlantic coastline Miami is a tropical playground. By day Miami moves at a brisk pace with a never-ending array of outdoor pursuits. At night, visitors can move to the throbbing rhythms of Miami’s famous DJ dance clubs.
United States Report - August 2010
Aug 29, 2010
The Hilton Orlando is celebrating its one-year anniversary and is offering six days of special rates. From September 1 to 6 guests can enjoy a relaxing stay starting at US $89 per night and will receive a passport card with hotel discounts of 15 per cent on spa treatments and...
Universal Orlando Reveals Harry Potter Details
Aug 17, 2010
Universal Orlando Resort, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have revealed details of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, scheduled to open in spring 2010 at Universal Orlando Resort.
Oceania's New Sales Resources
Aug 17, 2010
Oceania Cruises announced the debut of its new Sales Resource Center, which is comprised of five experienced account executives who will focus on new sales development, training and sales administration in addition to general agent support.
The Best Of Native American Tourism - Sell Clients on Culture, Heritage, Shopping & Gaming
Aug 16, 2010
The sights, sounds and events of Native American culture are perfect for the traveller with inquisitive and adventuresome tastes. America is home to hundreds of unique indigenous nations, reservations, pueblos and villages. That’s a gold mine for tourists interested in history, culture and landscape…not to mention shopping and gaming.
Cruising Vacations - So Many Affordable Ways To Get Clients On The Water
Aug 13, 2010
In the last decade, cruising has been one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry (from 1980 to the present, North American cruising grew by an average of 7.4 per cent annually). An admirable feat, given the challenges of the current soft economy and the all-time low in...
Ticket To Buy - A Strong Loonie Makes Destination Shopping Better Than Ever
Jun 29, 2010
Most travellers spend at least some time shopping while on holiday, if only for the ubiquitous t-shirt for the grandkids or a few postcards for friends stuck at home. Then there’s another group altogether, one that is growing as steadily as the loonie: travellers who plan to devote significant time...
Travel South Showcase 2008
Jun 28, 2010
The 26th annual Travel South Showcase took place March 1 to 5 at the Convention Centre in Biloxi, Mississippi. More than 700 registered participants – state travel representatives, buyers, suppliers, travel service providers – along with domestic and international media attended the event that showcased the best of Alabama, Arkansas,
Dogging It - Pet-Friendly Options Across The U.S.
May 1, 2010
According to Erin Caslavka, editor at Ark & Tent, an online travel magazine about uniting people and animals through travel “More and more people are travelling with their pets. Some hotels are now going out of their way to accommodate travellers with their pets and some are putting together specific...
Golf Update March 2010
Mar 1, 2010
Both domestic and international visitors continue to agree that Daytona Beach is a treasure trove for golf enthusiasts. The proud home of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Daytona Beach offers 19 challenging courses, including the LPGA’s signature course, the Champions course designed by Ree Jones and the Legends course...
Spring Break Getaways - Deals & Events For Canadians This Spring
Feb 1, 2010
It’s no surprise that winter-weary Canadians are the largest international market of visitors to the U.S. Tired of shovelling snow, and attracted by a very favourable exchange rate, more Canadians than ever are planning to spend their 2010 spring break where the sun shines and the air is warm.
Huddle Up
Feb 1, 2010
Florida Huddle 2010, held January 24 to 26 in Petersburg/Clearwater was a success for Florida tourism and for the host city.
Living On The Edge - Gulf States Feature Beaches, Mardi Gras & Sun, Sun, Sun
Feb 1, 2010
What do Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas have in common? Apart from the obvious fact that these states face the Gulf of Mexico, have beautiful beaches and easy access to fresh seafood, many areas along the gulf coast are havens for those wanting to escape cold winters.
VoluntEars & Magic Cards - What's New In Orlando
Feb 1, 2010
With new attractions and adventures opening at Orlando’s world famous theme parks, 2010 is sure to be an exciting year. And a whole range of new accommodation options – from eco-friendly to luxury – just adds to the mix.
The Other Florida - Panama City Beach Offers Fun, Sun, Sand & A New Airport
Dec 1, 2009
Once a classic seaside town, Panama City Beach is in the midst of a revitalization anchored by an airport, set to open in 2010, new oceanfront spas, restaurants, shops and accommodations. Of course, the main attraction remains the beach. Long renowned for its spectacular white-sand beaches and predictably sunny weather,
Southern Hospitality - Historic Inns & Properties Of The Southern US
Dec 1, 2009
With the economy starting to thaw just as the ground is freezing up, Canadians can still take advantage of some fantastic deals south of the border…many of them where the sun is shining and the weather is more co-operative. Add to that the warmth of staying at an historic property...
What's Up? - New Hyatt & Upgraded Dali Museum
Nov 1, 2009
The Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, Clearwater Beach’s newest luxury resort, is set to open in December 2009 as the centrepiece of the city’s Beach Walk, a new $30 million revitalization project featuring a half-mile active pathway for shopping, dining and entertainment. The four-star resort, set in an...
Food & Travel - The Quickest Way To The Heart Of A Destination
Nov 1, 2009
Eating is one of the pleasures of travel. Want to get to the heart of a destination? Nothing will get you there faster than a taste of the best dishes the region has to offer. Vacationers love to eat (even the frazzled business traveller is looking for a break from...