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Andrew Ricketts and Cari Marotta of VoX International announce the Escape the Cold sweepstakes.

Words and Images by Samara Meade

Had enough of lousy weather? Then get on your phone because Experience Kissimmee wants to help you to escape the cold in sunny Florida.

Representatives from the tourism organization gathered members of the media at Toronto’s Cibo Wine Bar this week to reveal details about its special ‘Escape the Cold’ competition. Participants have the chance to win a fabulous five-day, four-night prize package to Kissimmee by texting ‘SUNNY’ to 393939.

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Andrew Ricketts and Cari Marotta of VoX International.

Why Kissimmee? Account manager Cari Marotta and PR manager Andrew Ricketts, both of VoX International—Experience Kissimmee’s representatives in Canada—explained that Kissimmee is known as the ‘Gateway to Fun’.

The destination’s year-round warm weather offers your clients sunny-day activities such as zip-lining, airboat tours in the Everglades and hot air balloon rides. It is also located right beside Orlando and all of its world-famous theme parks.

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Andrew Ricketts and Cari Marotta of VoX International.

Kissimmee is an especially economical option for Canadian clients at the moment as vacation homes can be booked through Canadian operators in Canadian dollars—therefore allowing your clients to bypass the exchange rate blues.

Marotta explained that although Florida’s tourism has felt “the shock of the dollar hit”, Canadians can still take advantage of wallet-friendly deals. Experience Kissimmee offers some great deals especially tailored for Canadian travellers, which can be found at under the ‘Canadian Deals’ tab.

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Members of the media gather at Cibo wine bar for the announcement of the Escape the Cold sweepstakes. 

The Escape the Cold contest is running until March 27. The full prize package includes: round trip airfare for four, a rental car, a five-day, four-night stay at the Fountains Resort at Champions Gate, admission to Orlando Tree Trek, wristbands for unlimited rides at Fun Spot America- Kissimmee, tickets to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, tickets to La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil and an airboat experience with Spirit of the Swamp Airboats.

For eligibility, official rules and complete prize details, visit

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