Wednesday, May 19, 2010

With More Beach Stays up for Grabs, Winners Reveal Tips on How to Win ResortQuest's Vacation Treasure Hunt

Leading vacation rental management company, ResortQuest, is giving away one beach vacation every week throughout the summer. Participants in the Vacation Treasure Hunt contest play to win a five-night stay in one of ResortQuest's luxurious beach vacation rental properties--a condo, vacation home or hotel suite in South Carolina, Delaware, Alabama's Gulf Coast or along the Florida Panhandle. Here, previous winners of the contest reveal tips to help future participants.

Fort Walton Beach, FL, May 19, 2010 — Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Speaking by phone from her hometown in Ocala, Fla., Chelsea's enthusiasm comes through loud and clear. The only two-time winner in the popular ResortQuest Vacation Treasure Hunt contest—once in the earlier ski version of the contest, once in the current beach version—Chelsea won a stay in a luxurious condo at Resort Plaza in Park City, Utah, in February and, more recently, a five-night stay at the Gulf-front Tidewater Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla.
Waterscape Resort - Ft Walton Beach, Fla.
Waterscape Resort - Ft Walton Beach, FL

With her proven success, it's no surprise that Chelsea has a tip or two for other contest participants. Thankfully, she's happy to share her insider tips with Treasure Hunt hopefuls, as ResortQuest will be giving away a new beach vacation stay every week throughout the summer season.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

ResortQuest Acts to Allay Guests' Fears in Wake of Gulf Oil Spill

ResortQuest employs daily beach photos and weekly guest interviews to provide an accurate picture of current conditions on Northwest Florida's beaches. Temporary adjustments to the company's cancellation policy help alleviate visitors' concerns and encourage continued tourism along the Gulf Coast.
Fort Walton Beach, FL | May 12, 2010 — Standing on the shoreline of Northwest Florida's Emerald Coast, a vacationer named Deborah beams, "It's the epitome of the best beach! It's solid white sand." Next to her, her husband Mike admits, "We had thought of canceling and decided it's best to come. I'm so glad we did."
Perdido Key, FL - Beach Photo
Perdido Key, FL - Beach Photo

That's a spirit Northwest Florida hopes to see from more travelers. Without a drop of oil on the beaches or a hint of a slick on the water, Gulf Coast businesses—from restaurants to retailers to charter fishermen—are struggling needlessly. More than any actual disaster, it's false perceptions and fear of the unknown keeping visitors away from Gulf Coast beaches. But, at least one major company is taking positive steps to stem the flow of tourism out of the state.