IT'S YOUR BUSINESS: Business news releases Monday, April 20, 2009

Wedding resource tool available online

For couples planning a romantic Florida wedding or honeymoon, the new wedding planner tool on the official destination Web site for Naples and Marco Island on Southwest Florida’s Paradise Coast is the perfect resource for researching wedding locations, resorts, hotels, spas, attractions, restaurants and more.

In honor of the new Web-based wedding section, couples are encouraged to enter to win a Heart & Soul Honeymoon Getaway valued at $2000. The Getaway includes a four-night stay at The LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, two tickets to a performance by The Naples Players at Sugden Community Theatre, three-hour limousine service by Naples Transportation, Tours & Event Planning, a $100 dining certificate for Pazzo! Italian Café, a $200 certificate for A Salon On Fifth, a professional portrait session with Avant-Garde Images, Inc., an $80 dining certificate for McCabe’s Irish Pub and a digital camera. Register through June 1, 2009 on The winner will be notified on June 15, 2009. The prize must be redeemed by May 31, 2010. A complete list of rules and eligibility requirements is available on the contest registration page.

The new Paradise Coast wedding Web page compiles a lot of information about planning weddings and honeymoons on the Paradise Coast in one easy to use location. Discover local wedding service providers and venues for both the ceremony and reception. Easily locate local vendors such as bakeries, florists, wedding planners, and transportation companies to make your big day a perfect one. Tips for planning a destination wedding, information on how to purchase a marriage license and other important details, along with honeymoon ideas in Naples, Marco Island and the Gulf Coast Everglades are all available for brides and grooms on the Paradise Coast destination Web site.

Some of the wedding and honeymoon ideas you can learn about on the Paradise Coast wedding Web page include beach weddings, garden weddings, unique locations to say “I Do” and honeymoon activities that range from relaxing to adrenaline producing adventure, with plenty of choices for varying price ranges.

For those just getting to know each other, sharing a special anniversary, or simply enjoying some time together, the Paradise Coast also is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. Whether you just want to relax by the beach or set off on a getaway adventure, Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades has something for every couple.

For more information on visiting Naples, Marco Island and the Everglades – The Paradise Coast, call 1-800-688-3600 for a free visitors guide or go at the area’s official visitor information Web site,

- Contributed by Paradise Coast


Lee County hotel wins award

The Embassy Suites Fort Myers-Estero hotel has won the Connie Award. It is the 1st time the hotel has been honored with this distinction.

The Connie Award, named in honor of company founder Conrad Hilton, is awarded based on the top Total Quality Scores (TQS) category derived from a property’s year-to-date, overall service and accommodation scores from Satisfaction and Loyalty Tracking (SALT) reports, plus a 12-month average on Quality Assurance scores. The hotel will be honored with a trophy for display in the hotel and a luncheon hosted by the Embassy Suites brand team.

“We are honored to have received this distinction,” said Brad Wymer, General Manager. “We strive to be a business leader within our community and also to contribute to the outstanding quality reputation of the Embassy Suites Hotels brand.”

Opened in June 2006, the Embassy Suites Fort Myers – Estero provides guests with a full complement of services and amenities, including 150 spacious two-room suites, courtesy airport shuttle and complimentary shuttle service within a 3 mile radius. All overnight hotel guests receive a sumptuous complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast each morning and a complimentary two-hour Manager’s Reception* each evening. We also offer complimentary wireless internet connectivity throughout the hotel. Guests and locals enjoy full-service dining in the Eagles Nest Café for breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as a delicious Sunday Brunch. We feature a resort-style pool and spa overlooking a 16 acre nature preserve. The hotel’s meeting space of over 4500 square feet can accommodate up to 300 guests. All Embassy Suites Hotels® offer spacious two-room suites that include a separate living area with a sofa bed, armchair, and well-lit dining/work table, private bedroom and bath, hair dryers, MP3 clock radio, two televisions, two phones for your convenience, a wet bar, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, an iron and ironing board, a well-equipped fitness center, and a 24 hour business center.

To make reservations, travelers can visit the Embassy Suites web site at, call 1-800-EMBASSY (1-800-362-2779) or call the hotel directly at 239-949-4222.

- Contributed by Embassy Suites


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