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TORONTO — For the vast majority of visitors to Kissimmee, it’s all about the theme parks, and Experience Kissimmee knows it.
And because the days in this Florida favourite are filled to the brim with rides, attractions and plenty of sun, that’s all the more reason to prioritize a good night’s sleep with accommodation offering the ease and conveniences of home. Kissimmee has that too, with more than 22,000 vacation home rentals.
For several years now Kissimmee has been touting its title as the Vacation Home Capital of the World (they even trademarked the slogan) and the message is resonating with the trade, says Denise Graham, Account Manager, Canada for Experience Kissimmee.
Agents are booking the vacation home rentals and can earn commission on the bookings thanks to high participation in the program from Canadian tour operators. “All the tour operators offer them,” said Graham at last night’s Experience Kissimmee event, at The Ballroom in Toronto. Graham and the Experience Kissimmee team from VoX International hosted the event – complete with a pajama-party theme – along with partners from Kissimmee’s top theme parks and attractions.
“We have vacation rentals that start at two bedrooms and go all the way up to 18 bedrooms,” says Graham. The larger options can accommodate everything from family reunions to small corporate groups to multigenerational vacations.
Kissimmee is coming off a great year, she added, with overnight stays up 17% for the destination in the most recent fiscal year. For this fiscal year, so far overnight stays are up close to 3%.
For more details see experiencekissimmee.com.