Meetings Are a Breeze in Southwest Florida

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Sanibel Harbour, Florida, Lee County
A poolside event at Sanibel Harbour Resort

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel in Southwest Florida has been providing a nurturing environment for creativity, team building and inspiration for centuries, and the destination continues to motivate with its perpetual sunshine, natural beauty and convenient accessibility. The Calusa Indians were the first to discover the area’s charms centuries ago, inspired by miles of coastline and subtropical forests. By the turn of the 20th century, inventors Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone found that Fort Myers in the winter was the ideal muse to fuel creative innovations.

Today, the area provides the perfect team environment for spring training for two Major League Baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins. Meeting professionals and their clients will find inspiration all year ‘round in this remarkable place on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

As the gateway to Southwest Florida, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel has emerged as a meetings and incentives planner’s choice destination with easy airlift to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), outstanding meeting and convention facilities, a wonderful array of accommodations, and endless recreational options, all adaptable to host any size group. This is far more than a renowned vacation destination, it’s a spoton convergence of assets and attractions that lends itself to creating an unforgettable meetings or incentives experience.

“Our destination is one that inspires creativity and innovation and generates memorable and unique experiences for meeting attendees,” says Tamara Pigott, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB). Accommodations take advantage of the rich beach and island environment where places for groups to stay and meet are as plentiful as they are diverse. Planners will find more than 12,000 committable hotel rooms and meetings square footage that ranges from 600 to 73,000 sf.

Visit or call 888-231-3080 for more information.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.