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Lesson No. 3:
ACV Offers The Best Of The Beaches Of Fort Myers & Sanibel

In a few hours your clients will be collecting seashells and nuzzling manatees

The only thing better than vacationing on a beach is when getting to said beach is quick, easy and efficient.

For savvy clients who choose The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel as their sun destination, Air Canada Vacations is the perfect ticket to paradise, offering short, convenient flights that will have clients in SPF and flip flops in under three hours.

ACV has non-stop, year-round flights to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) from Toronto and Montreal on Rouge.

Out of Toronto, flights operate 4x per week during the summer and ramp up to daily frequency during peak season.

YYZ - RSW:

  • Now - 27OCT – 4x per week
  • 28OCT - 18DEC – 2x daily
  • 19DEC –5JAN – 3x daily
  • 6JAN – 19FEB – 2x daily
  • 20FEB – 30APR – 3x daily

YUL-RSW seasonal service will start even earlier this year and will operate twice weekly as of 30OCT and then ramp up to daily as of 18DEC.

YUL - RSW:

  • NOV 2019 – mid-DEC –2x per week
  • Mid-DEC – 6JAN – daily
  • 9JAN – 2FEB – 5x per week
  • 6FEB – 5APR – daily
  • 6APR – 30APR – 5x per week

And with the flights being under three hours long, Fort Myers is a great option for 7-10-day stays, long-stay vacations -- even long weekends.

"You can go down in the morning and be on the beach by noon on a Thursday and then Sunday, fly back and be home by 8:00 p.m. The connections are great, the destination is close, and it's great year-round air service," says Jeanette Faria, Account Manager with the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

ACV has Fort Myers accommodations covered, too, offering the largest hotel selection in the Canadian market, with lots of choices for advisors to recommend, depending on what type of stay the consumer is looking for.

ACV works with all major chains -- Days Inn, Courtyard, Holiday Inn, Hyatt, Starwood, etc. -- and has accommodations located throughout Fort Myers and its surrounding cities, whether a client wants to be near the airport, smack in the middle of downtown Fort Myers, or isolated on an island.

Fort Myers Beach is where you'll find a large offering of condo-style high-rise properties with one or several bedrooms.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Myers Cape Coral, located in the heart of Fort Myers, is a perfect home base for exploring the area. It's minutes away from shopping centres, the Century Link Sports Complex and the white sands of Fort Myers Beach.

Canadian guests will love services offered by the Fairfield, like complimentary breakfast, wi-fi and HDTVs with Internet TV where guests can access apps like Hulu and Netflix.

South Seas Island Resort

On the neighbouring islands of Sanibel and Captiva, accommodations are closer to the ground. Local legislation prohibits constructions higher than the tallest palm tree, so no property is over three stories high, but there's still a wide range of condos, cottage rentals and low-rise hotels to choose from.

Life doesn't get more balmy or beachy that at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island. With 1, 2 and even 3 bedroom villas that can accommodate up to 8 people, it’s ideal for families or groups.

Surrounded by a 330-acre wildlife preserve that is no stranger to dolphin and manatee visits, guests can spend their days kayaking, sailing, fishing and boating.

Strolling along the resort's spectacular four-kilometre stretch of private, pristine beach, young and old alike can refine their "Captiva Crouch" as they kneel down collecting shells, a much-loved pastime in the region (in fact, the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel have the highest concentration of shells in the U.S. with over 400 species!)

Snowbirds have long discovered the secrets of Fort Myers Beach but with ACV's year-round flights, the real secret is that it's a great year-round destination – and it's not just for baby boomer snowbirds!

The operator's expedient flights paired with the destination's broad natural appeal make Fort Myers great for families, groups and multi-generational travel.

Faria invites travel advisors to discover the unspoiled west coast of Florida and its unique selling points for themselves. The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau offers agents a VIP Pass with complimentary admission and discounts to restaurants and attractions.

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