APR 2012

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Home ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase INSIDER'S GUIDE By Selena Chavis Southwest Florida With inshore & offshore waterways, islands & the mainland— Southwest Florida is an easy-to-reach paradise acces- sible by I-75. A region that blends modern offerings with the charm of "Old Florida," Southwest Florida is increasingly becoming a place for gatherings and events as much of the regionʼs communities are investing millions into their infrastructures. From Fort Myers, Sanibel and Sarasota to Bradenton, Charlotte Harbor, Naples and Marco Island, there are many exciting things happening here that will intrigue your attendees. "We are experiencing an exciting renewal as industry partners launch reinvestment programs, renovations and plan future upgrades that are vital to keeping our product fresh and up to the expectations of our visitors," said Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, which represents the areas of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel and other nearby communities. In the three-year period from 2010 to 2012, more than $101 million will have been spent on upgrading, refurbishing and building new tourism-related attractions, accom- modations and facilities. Pigott said much of the work continues and currently, visitors to the area will find a new baseball stadium, renourished beaches and accommodations that have undergone major renovations. ■ 36 ConventionSouth APRIL 2012 www.con v w w w F. a c e b o o k.c o m/ F Mt y e S r s a n el bi

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