The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it". Henry Ford's timeless words of wisdom still resonate today. To me, they offer renewed hope and promise that our industry will overcome the challenges presented by Covid-19.

Of course, both Henry Ford and Thomas Edison spent their winters in sunny Fort Myers to enjoy our comfortable outdoor temperatures. For planners, our subtropical climate presents the option to move activities outdoors year-round where many attendees feel more comfortable meeting in the wake of the pandemic.

Over the past months, I've had the opportunity to work with Skift and Meetings Today to discuss how our nature-forward destination is changing the game for meeting planners. With a multitude of opportunities for open-air and hybrid meetings, as well as outdoor health and wellness options, our sales team can provide guidance on specific amenities offered at each of the area's many establishments, that match your unique needs. See our latest articles and listen to our newest podcast here.


Sunny Regards,


We are thrilled to announce that The Luminary Hotel & Co. has officially received the highly acclaimed Four Diamond Designation from AAA. Part of the prestigious Autograph Collection by Marriott, this waterfront hotel offers adaptable indoor and outdoor function space and is adjacent to the newly renovated Caloosa Sound Convention Center. The hotel's newest gem is the Oxbow Bar & Grill, a casual waterside dining experience. The restaurant's second floor boasts 2,400 square feet of event space, featuring a patio with private access and a catering kitchen, making it perfect for private events or meetings up to 150 guests.

We are happy to share with you the recording of our most recent virtual FAM. Candice Cocco, group sales manager, guides you through what makes The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel unique for faith-based meetings and events. You will hear directly from some of our hotel partners on how they are addressing new sanitation practices, safety policies and expanded outdoor options to ensure a great meeting experience. Our facilities, attractions, and restaurants have no capacity limits and we can host meetings with social distancing guidelines and safety protocols in place. Because of our area’s unique natural environments and breathtaking white-sand beaches, fellowship can happen naturally and spirits renew.

J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in the United States. The peaceful and quiet ecosystem naturally lends itself to enhance the wellness of meeting attendees and makes for a great kayaking team-building activity.


Brighten your attendees' trip with our Sun Saver Passport. This digital savings pass provides instant access to a variety of deals and experiences from area attractions, restaurants and more! No app to download. Simply scan the QR code or visit

With our Island Incentive Offer, new meetings receive a $3 room rebate per actualized room night - up to $5,000 - May through December.

Learn more
APRIL 9, 2021
MPI Global Meetings Industry Day
Virtual | Betsy Bush
APRIL 21, 2021
Midwest Destination Reps Quarterly Meeting
Virtual | Jerry Terp
MAY 5, 2021
GPS Impactful Events (Southeast)
Virtual | Erin Lester
MAY 6, 2021
GPS Impactful Events (Financial/Insurance)
Virtual | Jerry Terp

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