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Greater Fort Lauderdale Bizcation Packages
Put the Fun Back in Business Travel

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September is not only back to school month but also when business travelers hit the road again after a summer slowdown. For those who regret being away from family – and many do, according to a recent survey that says most business travelers “experience remorse about being away from loved ones” – the solution is to extend business travel with a bizcation add on.

“Work and play do mix in Greater Fort Lauderdale,” says Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our value-priced fall season hotel packages, combined with low airfares available this time of the year, put an end to separation anxiety for business travelers and keep them in touch with friends and family.”  From the sawgrass to the seagrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a “beach chic” vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping.

Sample short-stay packages available at Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels and resorts now through the end of the year include:

The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale’s “Discover with You Package,” starting at $559 per night, includes a daily breakfast for two, daily resort credit of $100, and tickets for two for a water taxi tour to explore “Venice of America.” (Available through Dec. 31)

The Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa’s “Seaside Getaway Package,” rates from $299 – $569 per night, offers a fall special of a $50 daily resort credit and a complimentary upgrade to an ocean view room for business travelers to enjoy sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. (Available through Oct. 31). Photo below

The Atlantic Resort & Spa’s “Stay & Play” package, starting at $399 per night with a minimum two night stay, features one 18 round of golf for two at Jacaranda Golf Club including range balls, a continental breakfast for two, and 20 percent off spa services. (Available through Dec. 31). See photo below

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale’s “B Productive, B Carefree… JUST B” package, starting from $179 per night with a minimum two-night stay, offers a complimentary ocean view room upgrade, $100 hotel food and beverage credit, two water taxi passes, a $20 wine card for use at B’stro on the Beach, and a B Ocean beach bag filled with special offers for nearby shopping. (Available now through Dec. 21)

The W Fort Lauderdale’s “Good Start” package offers a daily $50 breakfast credit at STEAK 954, while the hotel’s Bliss Spa offers the busy business traveler a “Fab Four” spa treatment includes a hot cream manicure, pedi, set go, blissage 49 and Fab Facial for $255.

The Pelican Grand Beach Resort features “Paddle Away” and “Sail Away” packages, with a minimum two-night stay, which teach standup paddleboard surfing or catamaran sailing excursion on the Spirit of Lauderdale. Each package is for two and includes tickets and transportation to either activity, plus an American breakfast each day. (Available now through Dec. 25)

The Pillars Hotel, recently named 2012 Gold List “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler, is offering an “Eat, Love, & Stay” package, with a minimum two-night stay, for two including a three-course dinner at The Secret Garden restaurant and a choice of either a Continental, American or Healthy breakfast along with a choice of accommodation – a savings of approximately $50 per day. (Available through Oct. 31)

The Bonaventure Resort & Spa has two packages geared towards business travelers. The Jacaranda Golf package starts at $189 for two and includes breakfast at Banyan Restaurant and two rounds of golf on the Jacaranda Golf Club. The Relaxing Spa Package starts at $179 for two people and includes one $50 spa credit, a 2pm late checkout, and use of the fitness center, 3 resort pools and the sauna and steam room. (Availability ongoing.)

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa’s “Renewal Package” starting from $219 per night, includes a full American breakfast for two, daily newspaper delivery and late checkout. (Availability ongoing)

Hilton Worldwide’s group of Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels – including Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, GALLERYone – A DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach, A DoubleTree by Hilton, and Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale – 17th Street – offers a $50 spending credit, with a minimum two night stay. (Available through December 19)

Additionally, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s “Superior Small Lodging” (SSL) properties, a collection of intimate, high quality hotels, inns and bed & breakfasts located throughout the destination, are also ideal for post-business travel vacation stays. SSLs are distinguished by friendly personalized service, appealing prices, comfort and individual character and can be found throughout the destination’s eight beach communities.

Opening photo: Aerobics on the pool deck at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

For more information about Greater Fort Lauderdale hotels, please visit  www.sunny.org http://www.sunny.org/hotels/
For more info about Greater Fort Lauderdale contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/visitlauderdale or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale or join them on Foursquare at www.foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. Download the free iPhone applications, iVisitLauderdale and Defrost Your Swimsuit at www.sunny.org/apps.

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