Incentive - May 2009 - (Page 40)

TRAVEL Beaches By Edward Schmidt Jr. Florida For the quintessential beach destination incentive, Florida offers easy access, value, luxury and much more. T he classic bumber sticker “Life’s a Beach” was probably concocted in Florida, where special event beach experiences can be easily staged. The state has 1,200 miles of coastline highlighted by three beaches—Caladesi Island State Park in Clearwater, Siesta Beach in Sarasota and Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne—in the current “Top 10 U.S. Beaches,” an annual ranking by acclaimed coastal expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman. For group events, the venues are eclectic, ranging from a glitzy, French Riviera ambience on Miami’s South Beach, to barrier island seclusion on Captiva Island near Fort Myers, to historic Pensacola in the Panhandle with its pristine, powdery white beaches. Florida’s beaches are not all alike. They often differ in sand color, ambience and surrounding tourism infrastructure. Here’s a glance at Florida’s major beach regions: SOUTH & THE KEYS Whether you’re looking for the laid back, kick-off-your-flip-flops lifestyle in the Keys or the party-till-you-drop attitude on Miami Beach, South Florida has a stunning array of beachside venues. Enhancing Miami Beach’s appeal are the recent massive makeovers of two of its most storied luxury properties, the 1,504-room Fontainebleau Miami Beach and the 631-room Eden Roc Renaissance Beach Resort & Spa. Kathleen O’Donnell, a marketing executive for Convention Planning Services (CPS), a 32-year-old DMC with offices in Hallandale Beach, Orlando and Kissimmee, recently responded to a request by a Canadian financial services firm “to create an exciting on-the-beach evening welcome reception.” “We decided on an elegant beach party event with an international South 40 | Incentive | May 2009 |

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Incentive - May 2009

Incentive - May 2009
Editor’s Note
Cover Story
Incentive House Roundtable
Incentive Strategies
Travel News
Up and Coming Destinations
Florida Beaches
Marvelous Mexico
Size and Style Matter in Luggage, Leather
Dining Gift Cards
Gift Cards Aid Archdiocese’s Wellness

Incentive - May 2009