Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ResortQuest Offers Early Bird Discount to Vendors for Winter Guest Fest in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Vendors that apply before November 30 save $25 off their vendor fee for the 2012 ResortQuest Winter Guest Fest tradeshow

Over 2000 snowbirds attended last year's
Winter Guest Fest tradeshow
ResortQuest Northwest Florida, one of the leading vacation rental property management companies on the Emerald Coast, will present the Winter Guest Fest tradeshow on Friday, January 13, 2012. This event is coordinated and co-sponsored by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Formerly known as the Senior Snowbird Expo, the ResortQuest Winter Guest Fest is the area’s largest tradeshow aimed at winter guests, who are commonly referred to as “snowbirds.” The 2012 expo will take place from 8:00 a.m. to noon on January 13 at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, located at 1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE in Fort Walton Beach.

As the proud presenting sponsor of Winter Guest Fest, ResortQuest is offering a discounted early bird rate for area businesses that want to reserve a booth at the tradeshow. The discounted vendor fees range from $60 to $300 depending on the vendor’s preferred booth location and whether the vendor is a non-profit entity or a member of the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. The special early bird rate represents a discount of $25 off the regular vendor fee and must be reserved by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.

“Winter Guest Fest presents a valuable opportunity for our fellow Northwest Florida businesses to gain exposure to this important demographic,” said Ryan Christopher, senior operations manager, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. “Our 2011 event brought in more than 2,000 guests. With plenty of food, fun and freebies to be had again this year—and an admission price of just one dollar—we anticipate an even greater turnout for 2012.”

ResortQuest Northwest Florida was recently voted “Best Vacation Rental Service Firm” for the third consecutive year by readers of Emerald Coast magazine. ResortQuest professionally manages a number of luxury vacation rental properties along the coast of Northwest Florida and Alabama, including TOPS’L® Beach and Racquet Resort in Destin, Waterscape Condos in Fort Walton Beach, and the Palacio Condominium Resort in Perdido Key. As part of Wyndham Worldwide®, ResortQuest offers professional local management backed by the strength of global brand.

The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit organization of business and professional people committed to strengthening local businesses and enhancing the quality of life in the community by providing services which help businesses help themselves. With more than 1,500 members, the Chamber speaks with a strong and credible voice for business within the Greater Fort Walton Beach area.

To take advantage of Discounted Early Bird Vendor Pricing, a completed Winter Guest Fest Vendor Application and Vendor Fee must be received no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2011. Completed applications should be mailed with payment to Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 640, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32549.

For more information, vendors should contact Marcia Bunge at 850-244-8191 or by email at