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

Here in Southwest Florida and across the country, in-person meetings are gathering steam. The number of conferences taking place continues to rise significantly, especially in the months to come. Northstar Meeting Group's latest PULSE Survey shows that 80% of planners will hold their next in-person event this year. "While virtual meeting opportunities continue to emerge, they often lack the connectivity amongst attendees and the memory recall driven by experience and emotion" says Beau Ballin, Commercial Leader CWT Meetings & Events.

I believe there is nothing like a face-to-face meeting to build strong relationships, loyalty and trust. Check out our "Sand, Sun & Lots of Fun" sample conference itinerary illustrating some team building and outdoor activity options that can help create those connections for a successful meeting. We can't wait to welcome your group to our destination where collaboration comes naturally! 

Sunny Regards,


Town & Country magazine recently featured Boca Grande's newly renovated Gasparilla Inn & Club. The resort offers attendees a true taste of "old Florida" with 163 charming hotel and cottage accommodations. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, the Inn is ideal for strategic meetings, management retreats, and incentive programs up to 300 attendees. Check out the article and beautiful renovation photos here.

The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village recently underwent a $15 million renovation. Room inventory increased from 293 to 308 and the new design takes inspiration from the concept of biophilia, a belief that people have an innate need to connect with nature. From award dinners to conferences, here you can plan memorable events for up to 1,400 attendees. 

Want to make a lasting impression on your attendees? Take a closer look at three of our charming outdoor event venues where there's lots of room for big ideas. The brief 3 minute video highlights The Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Shangri-La Springs, and Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm.

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is breaking records after being named the fastest growing airport in the country! With more people flying in and out, the airport exceeded pre-pandemic capacity this summer by over 59% (compared to 2019). It is now the country's 39th largest airport with nonstop service to 59 destinations by 11 carriers.

Many of our destination partners have been recognized for their commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources via the Florida Green Lodging Program. The program is designed to allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. Check-out our Florida Green Lodging designated properties here.

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
JULY 7-9, 2021
Phoenix, AZ | Betsy Bush
Smart Meetings Northeast Regional Experience
Boston, MA | Betsy Bush
JULY 20-21
Midwest Destination Reps Signature Client Event & Meeting
Chicago, IL | Jerry Terp
JULY 25-27
Destination Southeast
Marco Island, FL | Erin Lester
Aug- Sep
30 - 1
Connect Association and Corporate
Tampa, FL | Erin Lester & Betsy Bush
Prestige Networking Event
Minneapolis, MN | Jerry Terp

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