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The Westin Cape Coral Resort, Fort Myers NAPLES & MARCO ISLAND Southwest Florida offers a unique mix of upscale urban meeting venues and hotels, combined with a wealth of group experiences deeply immersed in nature. During the last year, there's been a significant amount of renovation work to improve both. For example, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida recently reopened after completing a major renovation, anchored by a new state-of-the-art, 21-acre Nature Center. The Conservancy preserves and protects a huge swath of land and native species. Eco-conscious planners can organize many different types of tours and educational sessions, ranging from photography workshops to animal rehabilitation lectures. One of the most striking offsite location venues in the region is NGALA. The private wildlife preserve is a luxurious tented facility where live African animals, fine food and music create an unforgettable group experience. Naples Zoo also hosts corporate functions. Organize a formal dinner event in Rain Forest Grove, or a ride aboard pontoon boats through the zoo's Primate Expedition Cruise. New last year, group attendees can hand-feed giraffes. Also check out Naples Botanical Garden with flora from Brazil, the Caribbean, Asia and Florida. The newly remodeled 4,000-sf Windstar Garden Room hosts 125 pax. Another creative event idea, Naples Marina & Excursions, offers a Gilligan's Island-themed beach party. On the hotel side, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples closed last summer for the first time in 28 years to complete a full renovation. Refurbishments include a complete overhaul of all 450 rooms, three dining outlets and meeting space. 40 | prevue magazine 35-55_FLORIDA.indd 40 Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa completed a $225 million dollar renovation. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the newly redesigned Presidential Suite is especially in high demand as a hospitality suite. The 1,800-sf balcony and 1,800-sf indoor space together accommodate up to 75 people. Meanwhile, the local DMO's website-paradisecoast. com/meetings-is winning rave reviews from planners. "The GAP tools (Group Attendance Push) available for download from our website are popular with planners, and help them utilize online banners, photos, video and other tools to market their event and increase attendance," says Debi DeBenedetto, sales/marketing manager for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB. "It also includes social and digital media assistance to attract a wider range of planners and attendees of all ages. "In overall product and experience, research states that Florida is at the top of the list, from multimillion dollar hotel/resort renovations to new ground-breaking convention centers and theme parks to 825 miles of beaches." 1/8/14 8:40 AM

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