Destination Matters for Successful Meetings and Conventions

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Destination Matters for Successful Meetings and Conventions

Destination matters for any event, but especially for meetings and conventions. Where you hold your event is as important as the program content. Selecting the right destination can increase the number and productivity of attendees, while improving the image and reputation of your company or event.

From premier properties to beachfront casual destinations, Florida possesses an immense and diverse collection of meeting and convention facilities. Groups can take to the water for boating and fishing or stay on land with championship golf courses and world-class spas. You are also certain to be located near one of the state’s world renowned attractions, including theme parks, museums and historic sites.

If you’re looking for ways to stretch your meeting dollars, Florida offers an array of budget-friendly properties and facilities year ‘round. Whether in the northern, central or southern part of the state, you’ll find beachside and inland accommodations to meet the needs of any meeting or incentive group. The Sunshine State boasts more than 680 green-lodging designated properties and a host of socially responsible activities for attendees to enjoy. Air accessibility need not be an issue either, with a vast array of airport options and passport-free travel for U.S. residents.

During the summer and fall months, unplanned weather can affect your event. With VISIT FLORIDA’s free, supplemental Cover Your Event Insurance, weather-induced cancellations need not be a problem. Any costs directly related to re-booking or canceling a convention, should it be displaced due to a named hurricane, will be covered.

There is no doubt Florida is a state that lives for tourism. Given the Sunshine State’s exceptional hospitality, unparalleled activities and attractions, convenient air accessibility and unsurpassed budget-friendly value, there’s little wonder meeting attendees invite their friends and family along to experience a memorable Florida getaway as part of their business or incentive travel planning. Choosing the Sunshine State means you are providing your attendees with not only a breathtaking setting for your meeting, but a world-famous destination for them to enjoy during their free time as well.

One fun way for meeting professionals to get a chance to enjoy the Sunshine State for themselves is to enter VISIT FLORIDA’s Fabulous Florida Getaway, a two-in-one prize package for a three-night stay for two, plus a 2011 Mazda SUV. To enter the promotion, which runs through October 4, go to www.meetings.VISITFLORIDA.com/contest.

For more information, contact Steven Bonda, CMP at sbonda@VISITFLORIDA.org or visit our website at www.meetings.VISITFLORIDA.com.

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