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Flight Centre agents have a ball with Experience Kissimmee in Toronto

Flight Centre agents have a ball with Experience Kissimmee in Toronto
From left: (of ACV) Juan Contreras; Dianne Pedroso; Universal Orlando's Beth Fleeton; Walt Disney Company's Jennifer Rivard; Experience Kissimmee/VoX International's Denise Graham; Experience Kissimmee's Edith Rocio Ferguson; Seaworld's Randy Anger; Walt Disney Company's Ed Day; Air Canada's Rosalba Perrotta
Michael Pihach

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Experience Kissimmee held a pyjama-themed bowling party Wednesday night (April 24), giving its retail partners an opportunity to stay on the ball with Kissimmee’s latest offerings and promotions.

The fun-filled evening, which unfolded at The Ballroom in Toronto, was held exclusively for travel agents from Flight Centre, who were encouraged to keep Kissimmee top-of-mind when booking accommodations for Florida-bound Canadians.

“We offer everything for all budgets, from family-friendly properties to vacation home rentals,” said Denise Graham, account manager for Experience Kissimmee at VoX International, which represents Kissimmee tourism in Canada.

GRAB YOUR PJs. From left: Edith Rocio Ferguson, sales manager, N.A., Experience Kissimmee; Denise Graham, account manager, Experience Kissimmee c/o VoX International.

Kissimmee, located in central Florida's Osceola County, just south of Orlando, has more than 50,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and more than 25,000 vacation homes.

The vacation home rental market, for one, is booming in Kissimmee

As PAX learned in a recent interview with DT Minich, president and CEO of Experience Kissimmee, the city has added 22,000 homes – ranging from four to 18 bedrooms –  in the last four years alone.

It’s about family experiences,” Graham told PAX. “You don’t need to rent five hotel rooms – you can all be under one roof at the end of the day.”

Kissimmee’s ‘stellar’ year

Graham said Kissimmee is “coming off a stellar year,” noting that overnight stays by Canadians is up by 17 per cent.

“I think people are finally understanding what we have to offer,” Graham said, noting Kissimmee’s close proximity to Florida’s major theme parks and popular nature-based activities, such as zip-ling, tree trekking and air boating.

Wednesday night’s bowling party was part two of a series of partner appreciation events hosted by Experience Kissimmee in Toronto this week.

On Monday, the tourism board entertained its business partners at the Toronto stop of Cher’s Here We Go Again tour at Scotiabank Arena.

“We do this a couple times a year,” Graham said, revealing that Wednesday bowling party was inspired by Splitsville, a popular bowling venue in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

Experience Kissimmee hosted its partners and agents from Flight Centre at The Ballroom in Toronto Wednesday night.

The pyjama party Wednesday night also welcomed many of Kissimmee’s theme park and air partners, who helped launch Experience Kissimmee’s latest incentive program.

Created exclusively for Flight Centres across Canada, the program lets travel agents accumulate points for selling air and vacation packages to Kissimmee.

The top four agents with the most points at the end of the promo will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Kissimmee, including air compliments of Air Canada Rouge.

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