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     Florida Specialist Newsletter Fourth Quarter 2008
     Attraction Action
     BRING YOUR PETS TO VISIT THE DINOSAURS - Friendly pets on leashes are always welcome at
     Dinosaur World. But, November is a great time to celebrate your furry best friend because dog owners will
     receive $2 off admission when accompanied by their pet. All four legged friends will also receive a dog
     biscuit. “We’re able to offer this dog month because we have such a unique, outdoor, natural setting park,”
     said Marketing Director Nicole Randall. So, bring Rover, Spot, Benji or all three to Dinosaur World the entire
     month of November and take advantage of the outdoor dinosaur museum with over 150 life size dinosaurs
     at a reduced rate. “Statistics show that more people are traveling with their pets,” said Randall. “Dinosaur
     World is located immediately off the interstate, so this is a great stop during the trip to have some fun in an
     outdoor museum with the entire family, including the dog! ”Dinosaur World has over 150 life size dinosaurs,
     a Fossil Dig, Boneyard, Skeleton Garden, Prehistoric Museum, Movie Cave, Playground, Picnic Area and
     other interactive exhibits. For more information visit www.dioworld.net.

     Heritage Holidays 2008 - Heritage Holidays is a celebration of the winter season in Florida when festive
     decorations themed for the unique history of the museum adorn the National Register site from Saturday,
     November 22, 2008 to Friday, January 2, 2009. Exciting Living History Performances take place on
     weekend afternoons. A Sunset Stroll on December 17 from 5pm to 7pm allows patrons to appreciate the
     museum at dusk with live music and refreshments. Included in the celebration is New Year’s Day with a
     special $8 admission for everyone to celebrate the great year we had 2008. Browse
     www.historicspanishpoint.org or call 941-966-5214 to learn more. Historic Spanish Point is open Mon.-Sat.
     9am to 5pm and Sun. noon to 5pm and is located at 337 N. Tamiami Trail in Osprey, Florida.

     NEW RAPTOR PACK EXHIBIT AT DINOSAUR WORLD - Dinosaur World in Plant City is releasing a new
     Raptor Pack just in time for Christmas. The raptors will include Oviraptors, Velociraptors and a
     Dilophosaurus. “We know people will want to get out and do things with their visiting families during
     Christmas, so we’re unveiling a new exhibit for the holiday season,” said Marketing Director, Nicole Randall.
     Raptors became popular with the Jurassic Park movies and have remained a fan favorite since. The raptors
     at Dinosaur World also promise to be a visitor favorite. Raptors were very intelligent, very fast,
     communicated well and ran in packs. All these traits combine for a very scary prehistoric meat eater, and a
     fascinating exhibit. The raptors can be seen along the Dinosaur Walk with over 150 other life size
     prehistoric creatures. In addition to viewing the life size raptors, guests will also learn interesting facts. “Our
     mission is to enhance the understanding of prehistoric life by stimulating thoughts in an educational and
     family friendly atmosphere,” said Randall. “This new Raptor Pack exhibit continues with our mission.”
     Dinosaur World is an outdoor dinosaur museum with over 150 life size dinosaurs. Other exhibits include a
     Fossil Dig, Boneyard, Prehistoric Museum, Movie Cave, Carnivore Boardwalk, Deinoychus Island and
     others. For more information visit www.dinoworld.net.

     Tampa's Museum of Science & Industry - This fall, Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry is hosting
     many exciting and fun opportunities for the entire family! On October 24 and 25, enjoy spooking science
     demonstrations, trick-or-treating and more at the Hall-O-Boo! Family Halloween Event. In honor of
     Veteran’s Day, active and retired military personnel, EMTs, firefighters and police officers will receive FREE
     admission from November 8-11. MOSI is home to the only IMAX® Dome Theatre in the state of Florida. On
     November 14, witness the world’s best athletes as they challenge the most intimidating forces of nature all
     on a five-story, dome-shaped screen during the IMAX Dome Theatre film, Extreme. From December 20-27,
     MOSI will transform into a winter wonderland with real snow including holiday performances during a Winter
     Solstice event. Call (813) 987-6000 or visit www.mosi.org for pricing information. MOSI is located at 4801 E.
     Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617.

     The Museum of Florida History - Offers highlights of the state's history dating back to 10,000 B.C.
     Expertly crafted exhibits and special tours are offered on a regular basis. The temporary exhibit for
     November and December is Florida's Got the Blues. This exhibit traces blues musicians who had roots in
     Florida. Vintage instruments, records, photos, stage costumes, and more make this a "must see" for blues
     lovers. Admission is free. For more information call 850-245-6400 or visit
     www.museumoffloridahistory.com , R. A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL.



     What A Deal!




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     Bay Palms Waterfront Resort - * Waterfront * Large Heated * 1200sq Huge Waterfront Deck * Full
     Kitchens * Suites * Great Fishing * Watch for Manatee and Dolphins * Beach Access just across the street.
     Travel Agent Discounted rate ONLY $49.00 per night, based on avail. Oct. 1 - Dec. 22, 2008, 4237 Gulf
     Blvd., St Pete Beach FL 33706, 1-800-257-8998, 727-367-2791, www.BayPalmsResort.com.

     Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort - * 200 feet from the Beach * Waterfront * Fishing Pier * Boat Docking *
     Rooms w/Balcony * Full Kitchens * Fitness Room * Shopping and Dining within walking distance. Travel
     Agent Discounted rate ONLY $47.00 per night, based on avail. Oct. 1 - Dec. 22, 2008, 4321 Gulf Blvd., St
     Pete Beach, FL 33706, 1-800-257-8998, 727-367-2791, www.TheBayviewPlaza.com.

     Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel - Stay and play at the Best Western Lake Buena Vista
     Resort Hotel located in Downtown Disney. We want to show our appreciation for your continued support on
     promoting Tourism in Florida! Sunday-Thursday $59.00, Fri-Sat.$69.00 valid October 1, 2008-December
     23, 2008 and based on space availability.We offer continuous transportation to the 4 Walt Disney theme
     parks, Downtown Disney shopping complex and scheduled transportation to the Lake Buena Vista Factory
     Outlet stores. You can have fun and get your holiday shopping done! For reservations please call 800-348-
     3765 and ask for Florida Specialist rate or visit our web site at www.LakeBuenaVistaResortHotel.com.

     Captain Mike's Sunshine River Tours - Swim with the manatees! through Dec 31, 2008. $40 pp includes
     all gear to Swim with Manatees. Normal price has been $50 for quite awhile. Realizing that the economy is
     not so great now we are offering this special to attract business to our area and Florida in a tough economic
     time. For more information on our tours visit www.sunshinerivertours.com.

     Courtyard Cocoa Beach - Located near Port Canaveral, FAM opportunity for Travel Agents that book
     Florida. Special rate of $49 which includes hot breakfast buffet, ocean view room and a welcome gift. This
     offer is based on availability and expires December 26, 2008. For reservations and availability please call
     321-783-3221 or email info@hamptoninncocoabeach.com.

     DOLLAR AND THRIFTY LAUNCH AGENT DAILY DIVIDENDS. Dollar Rent A Car and Thrifty Car Rental,
     both subsidiaries of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., are joining forces to launch a new travel agent
     loyalty program rewarding travel agents with cash for every rental at Dollar or Thrifty. The new combined
     program, called Daily Dividends, is available free of charge and will reward travel agents based on the
     length of the car rental booked with Dollar or Thrifty. Once agents have earned 25 points (1 point = $1),
     they will receive a personalized American Express branded reward card that can be used anywhere the
     American Express card is accepted. Agents can enroll at www.travelagent.dollar.com.

     Ginn Reunion Resort - 15% Commission for all bookings to Ginn Reunion Resort, an exclusive, private
     club resort in SW Orlando. Providing an unforgettable vacation, with luxury accommodations and world-
     class amenities, give your clients a vacation like no other, with an added bonus of 15% commission for
     yourself. Bookings must be made by October 31, 2008 with an arrival by December 31, 2008. Offer not
     valid on ‘Endless Summer Packages’. For more information visit www.GinnReunion.com or call 888-418-
     9611.

     Hampton Inn & Holiday Inn Express Rocky Point - Special Tampa Cruise Rate for you or your clients
     from the Hampton Inn & Holiday Inn Express Rocky Point in Tampa, Florida. Call us directly to book your
     Cruise Package at a rate of $99.00* from now until December 22, 2008. This rate is for up to 2 adults per
     room and includes transportation to/from the Tampa Intl Airport as well as to/from the Port of Tampa, this
     package also includes Complimentary Parking during your Cruise. This rate is for a standard room only
     and each additional person over the age of 6 is an additional $10.00 per person. Please contact me at
     salestampa@earthlink.net. Hampton Inn & Holiday Inn Express Rocky Point, www.hamptoninnrp.com and
     www.hiextamap.com. Contact phone number is 813-287-9360.

     Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach - Located near Port Canaveral, FAM opportunity for Travel Agents that book
     Florida. Special rate of $49 which includes hot breakfast buffet, ocean view room and a welcome gift. This
     offer is based on availability and expires December 26, 2008. For reservations and availability please call
     321.783.3221 or email info@hamptoninncocoabeach.com.

     Homes4uu-Disney Area Vacation Homes - Special Fall Rates "Valid Oct-Dec" -- Homes4uu is offering
     travel agents $40 OFF PER NIGHT from all categories of condos & vacation homes. 2BR "Private Pool"
     Home starting at $89 per night. For more information visit www.disneyareahomes.com or call TOLL FREE:
     888 746-5446.

     Microtel Inn & Suites-Brookville - 58 rooms that include 32 inch HDTV's, fridge, microwave, coffemaker,




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     iron/ironing board, and hairdryers. Also offering free high speed wired & wireless internet, local & long
     distance calling within the Continental U.S.

     Nickelodeon Family Suites by Holiday Inn - When you spend two nights enjoying the best of Orlando at
     the Nick Hotel, we'll throw in your third night FREE. Ask for code IDOTH14U when making your
     reservations. It's that easy! Call 877-879-NICK to reserve your third night FREE. We'll provide everything
     you need for an affordable and excitement-filled Orlando vacation. The third night free special includes:
     Free night in a family suite, Two water parks, Nickelodeon entertainment, such as poolside games and
     trivia, 10% commission for travel agents, Kids under 5 eat free, not including Character Breakfast.

     Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village - Golf Vacation? Enjoy the hidden gem on the Treasure Coast,
     PGA Village. Three world-class Golf Courses, 35 acre PGA Learning Center and the PGA Historical Center
     (Home of the Ryder Cup trophy). Enjoy luxurious condominium accommodations with full kitchen, living
     room and screened patio. One, Two and Three Bedroom Villas available, many with spectacular golf
     course views. Florida Specialists receive 50% off the regular nightly accommodation rates. Contact:
     Perfect Drive Golf Villas at PGA Village 772-873-0515 or Michelle@PerfectDriveatPGAVillage.com.

     Plaza Beach Hotel – Beachfront Resort - * Large Heated Pool * Rooms with private Balconies * Full
     Kitchens * FREE Wi-Fi * FREE Beach Cabanas * FREE DVD’s * FREE BBQ * FREE Parking, Travel
     Agent Discounted rate ONLY $59.00 per night, based on avail. Oct.01-Dec.22.2008, 4506 Gulf Blvd., St
     Pete Beach FL 33706, 1-800-257-8998, 727-367-2791, www.PlazaBeach.com.

     Shores of Panama and Oaseas Resorts - 20% Commission to all Florida Specialists for any bookings
     made for 2009, by December 1, 2008. Choose from Studio Suites to oceanfront 3 bedrooms. The Shores of
     Panama is Panama City Beaches newest full service resort offering dining, spa services and the
     panhandles most breathtaking pool-deck. Visit www.ShoresofPanamaCityBeach.com to find out more
     about Shores and Oaseas Resorts. No limit to number of reservations booked and can be used on Groups.
     For additional information e-mail annie_holcombe@OaseasResorts.com or call 877-808-4323

     The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort - Great things come in all packages! Our Fall Package Special- the
     Longer You Stay… the Less You Pay! Take 10%, 15% or 20% OFF Family and Tennis Value Packages.
     Please visit our website at www.colonybeachresort.com or call Shauna Ruby, Travel Industry Sales
     Manager at 941-383-6464 x 2753. This fabulous offer is commissionable to travel agents at 10%. Happy
     Selling~
     What's New
     Majestic Princess - For offsite private parties and corporate events, you're going to love the newest
     addition to our Florida fleet, the Majestic Princess in Palm Beach County. How much will your clients enjoy
     a dinner cruise? We offer great dining with an ever-changing view on the calm waters of the Intracoastal
     Waterway. An elegant 84' luxury yacht with two decks, she is Coast Guard certified for 149 guests. Her
     hand-picked, uniformed crew, experienced captain and attention to detail (like real glasses, not plastic
     cups!) make her a first-class venue for celebrations and business meetings, a cocktail party or a brunch, a
     seated dinner or sales presentation. Greet your guests with drinks at the on board bar, then enjoy a seated
     or buffet dinner followed by dancing to live entertainment. Impress business colleagues or employees. Visit
     http://www.eboatcharters.com/travel/palm_beach/palmbeachyacht.htm.

     Orlando's Premium Outlets - Dreams really do come true! While savvy shoppers from around the world
     have already made it a top destination for designer bargain-hunting, Orlando Premium Outlets® is getting
     even bigger. Located just one mile from Walt Disney World on Interstate 4, Orlando Premium Outlets is
     adding 40 new name brand and designer outlet stores, expanding from 110 to 150 stores. On November 6,
     2008, the center will add 114,000 square feet, for a total of 550,000 square feet. In addition to the
     expansion, new stores that have recently opened in the existing section or will be opening soon include:
     Avirex, Columbia Sportswear Company, DKNY, Etro and J.Crew. Orlando Premium Outlets has become a
     popular shopping destination for area visitors and residents through its offering of upscale and leading
     brands at savings of 25% to 65% every day. The center currently has one of the country’s largest outlet
     designer collections. The architecturally themed outdoor village setting offers shoppers a pleasant, upscale
     atmosphere. Individual stores are reminiscent of boutiques found in the finest shopping districts around the
     world.




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                                   VISIT FLORIDA-Corporate Office
                                    2540 W. Executive Center Circle
                                               Suite 200
                                         Tallahassee, FL 32301
                                         Phone: (850) 488-5607
                                          Fax: (850) 201-6905




     Joyce Stillwell
     Sales Manager
     (850) 205-3831
     jstillwell@VISITFLORIDA.org

     Sales Representatives
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     Brenda L. Bryant                              (850) 205-3827
     (850) 205-3806                                mwarmka@VISITFLORIDA.org
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     Carolyn Jones                                 (850) 205-3836
     (850) 205-3809                                lpatrick@VISITFLORIDA.org
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     Lily Etemadi                                  (850) 205-3854
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     lilye@VISITFLORIDA.org




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