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The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing and management organization supporting Collier County's tourism industry, funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax.

In This Issue

Paradise Priced Perfectly
 Ladies, Let's Go Fishing®
Seminole Casino
Distinctive Dining in Naples
Naples Botanical Gardens
Dinosaur Playground


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Warm Up with Hot Hotel Deals - New Paradise Priced Perfectly promotion
The Paradise Coast recently launched a multi-media campaign to encourage consumers in major markets to take advantage of incredible deals available in Naples, Marco Islands and Everglades now until April 15. Packages at some of the area's unique and luxurious properties include the Fairways and Greens package at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, the Consumer Bailout Package at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Frostbite Relief Resort Credit at LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort and more.  Please click here for more information.
Seminole Casino Immokalee unveiled a $22 million expanison with the help of Ty Pennington from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Feb. 12.  The addition includes new table games including Blackjack and Pai Gow Poker, Vegas-style slots, a New York-style deli, new Player's Club, Zig Zag entertainment lounge, bar and more. The 43,700 square-foot expansion provides over 450 new jobs to the property.  For more information, please click here.  From Naples, guests can take the Dolphin Transportation Services Naples shuttle to the casino for only $20 round trip.
Waterside Shops, a luxury retail center in Naples, recently opened Salvatore Ferragamo  and Van Cleef & Arpels stores, rounding out the list of top luxury retailers at the center that is anchored by Saks 5th Avenue and Nordstrom's.  Stores that opened over the past several months include the first Basler boutique in the USA, St. John and De Beers.  Visit the Special Events page at for a full list of spring trunk shows and other fashion events.
C'MON, the Children's Museum of Naples, is now under construction at North Collier Regional Park.  The state-of-the-art, 30,000 square-foot interactive children's museum is scheduled to open in 2010. For more information, please click here.


S T O R Y   I D E A S

Naples' Locally-Owned Restaurants Offer Distinctive Dining Difference

Naples Tomato
announces the addition of a mozzarella bar to the menu. The freshly-made Italian cheeses will be accompanied by an assortment of antipasto such as sea salts, extra virgin olive oil, marinated mushrooms, roasted eggplant and more.  For more information on the mozzarella bar, please click here.
Naples Originals is a group of 38 locally-owned, independent restaurants in Collier County.  Member restaurants often use ingredients grown organically and within Collier County.  Through various activities and promotions throughout the year, Naples Original's restaurants are able to showcase the unique and refreshing signature dishes that are sure to please any palate.  For fresh information about the Naples dining scene, visit the blog Eat Original.  Please click here for the website.
HB's on the Gulf recently unveiled a new lunch and dinner menu.  Touted as one of the best places to view a sunset over the Gulf, HB's has revamped its menu to include unique selections such as Grilled Marinated Quail, Coriander-Rubbed Salmon and Free Range Stuffed Chicken Breast, among others. Located at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, HB's on the Gulf is features an extensive wine list, serving over 140 selections from around the world. Please click here for more information.
Newest Naples Restaurant: Sea Salt. Washington D.C. restaurateurs Ingrid and Fabrizio Aielli fell in love with Naples while on vacation. Late November marked the opening of Sea Salt, the Aielli's Naples debut.  Located in the Third Street district of downtown, Sea Salt includes a formal dining room, small cafe and a specialty food market.  Please click here for more information. 


H O T E L   &   A T T R A C T I O N   N E W S

Naples Botanical Garden is slated to open November 2009
Visitors may view the garden areas during a preview period, March 7, 11 and 21. Click here for further information. Three of the major gardens and two other unique exhibit-lands planned for the space will open for visitors, including the Vicky C. and David Byron Smith Children's Garden, Brazilian Garden, Kathleen and Scott Kapnick Caribbean Garden, the Mary and Stephen B. Smith River of Grass and the Collier Enterprises South Wetlands Preserve.  For more information, please click here
Ladies, Let's Go Fishing ® Seminar Comes to Naples, March 20 - 22, 2009
Women of various angling abilities will learn and hone fishing skills at the Ladies, Let's Go Fishing® seminar at the Bayfront Inn 5th Ave. in downtown Naples, March 20-22, 2009.  Held in conjunction with the Florida
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