by Michael C. Lowe | October 01, 2011
The Golisano Children's Museum of Naples (aka C'mon) will open in February 2012. The 30,000-square-foot venue will have interactive exhibits encouraging discovery and exploration. The space can be rented for private events.
The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Con­vention & Visitors Bureau has launched a free online service -- GAP, or Group Attendance Push -- to help meeting planners boost attendance at events through a variety of marketing strategies such as e-mail templates and visitor guides. Go to for more information.

Scandinavian tour operator ComeFly inaugurated a program of nonstop flights in June between Denmark and Southwest Florida In­ternational Airport in Fort Meyers. Flights are offered from the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aalborg.

Meeting Hotels
 Properties include the 474-room Naples Grande Resort & Club; 450-room Ritz-Carlton, Naples; 319-room Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; 199-room Hilton Naples; 189-room La Playa Beach & Golf Resort; 125-room Edgewater Beach Hotel; 100-room Bellasera Hotel, and 98-room Bayfront Inn 5th Avenue.

Convention Centers
Fort Myers Harborside Events Center; exhibit space, approximately 41,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, four; (239) 321-8110

Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center; exhibit space, approximately 19,800 square feet; number of meeting rooms, five; (800) 652-6090

Airport Transit
Southwest Florida International Airport, 35 miles north of Naples. Transfer by taxi to Naples, $55; transfer by shuttle to Naples, $30

Room tax, 4%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10%

Group VenueDining at the Ngala Wildlife Preserve
The Ngala Private Reserve, just 20 miles from downtown Naples, offers participants a chance to experience an African safari on U.S. turf, with some 42 acres of waterfalls, tropical foliage and animals as highlights. Among the wildlife on display in natural settings are zebras, leopards and camels. Three canvas safari tents -- complete with authentic teak and bamboo furniture, antique steamer trunks and rustic lanterns -- provide upscale shelter for attendees and space to mingle and dine. The venue can accommodate groups of between 20 and 1,000. (239) 353-3572

ActivitiesAdventure Training Concepts offers outdoor adventure team-building programs. Participants might find themselves challenged by a high ropes course or stranded on a desert island, where they must work together to get back to home base. ATC can accommodate groups of five to 1,000. (239) 285-9142

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Con­vention & Visitors Bureau, (239) 252-2384 or (800) 688-3600