Gala, it was
itself, creating a
fresh, new space for
us. It was fantastic.”
Honderick said everyone loved the prop-
erty and the meeting: “It was one of our
Debi DeBenedetto, group sales manager for
the Naples Marco Island & Everglades CVB,
said luxury is the inspiration is this area.
“We are the only destination in the U.S.
with two Ritz-Carltons, and the Marriott
will rebrand in 2017 as the JW Marriott
Marco Island, the only JW Marriott beach
resort in the country,” she said.
One group that was inspired by the beauty
of Naples was an architectural firm respon-
sible for the designs of New York’s Yankee
Stadium and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Lynn Silverman of Creative Event Plan-
ning in New York said, “Our group stayed at
The Ritz-Carlton Naples and was inspired
by the specialness of the location with the
beach and golf courses and the gracious
lifestyle. And, because we had a group of
architects, we always go someplace special
in terms of architecture.”
Noelle Mickey, managing partner of Na-
ples-based Global Works Events & Destina-
tion Management, helped put together the
“We took them to the Revs Institute for
Automotive Research featuring the Collier
Collection because it’s a uniquely designed
building housing one of the most impressive collections of sports cars,” she said.
Mickey added that “Naples is an in-
spiring destination because it’s clean and
safe and has something to appeal to every
personality: art, history and activities for
the active or non-active.”
The Naples Botanical Garden is one venue
that’s high on DeBenedetto’s list for events.
“You can use the Japanese Garden and
the Brazilian Garden, for example, and
tailor the food and the decor,” she said.
“The garden’s tropical location gives guests
a year-round choice of themed landscapes
from across the world. There’s also NGALA
Wildlife Preserve, another memorable
event venue for groups, with 50 wild ani-
mals roaming the property.”
But of all the venues in Naples, it’s the ex-
pansive beaches that inspire groups to come
to the area, according to DeBenedetto.
“The beaches help market the meeting,
which really helps with attendance,” she
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