ORLANDO, Fla. – Summer means school is out and its time for families to take a break from hectic schedules and reconnect with a family vacation. For those making last minute summer travel plans, the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) is offering 100 value options, including special airfare rates through AirTran Airways. The dedicated Web site, orlandoinfo.com/offers, is a one-stop shop to find discount attraction tickets, golf packages, mature traveler discounts and more.
In addition, AirTran Airways unveiled a special promotion on fares across the country and celebrated the many Orlando flight discounts with a “Say YES to Orlando” wrapped airplane. Fares from Orlando begin at $89* one way. Sample fares include:
Orlando – Atlanta $ 89 Orlando – Boston $109
Orlando – Memphis $ 94 Orlando – New York $109
Orlando – Raleigh/Durham $ 99 Orlando – Philadelphia $109
The sale fares are available for purchase through July 10, 2008, and for travel through November 5, 2008.
The Orlando CVB’s 100 special destination offers include accommodation specials ranging from properties starting at around $55 per night to value hotels at around $80 per night to vacation homes, campgrounds and more. Families can even choose from fun and affordable summer packages at world class resorts, including the “Ultimate Family Package” at Ginn Reunion Resort, which covers every need from personal concierge service to theme park tickets or the “Orlando Family Package” at The Point Orlando Resort, which starts at $129 per night. Or, spend time at a thrilling attraction like SkyVenture, which offers summer savings of more than $100 for up to five people with the “SkyVenture Family Package” and end the day with a relaxing round of golf at Harmony Golf Preserve, which offers golfers a $45 “Sunset Golf Special.”
A variety of new attractions await families visiting Orlando. Visitors looking to cool off can head to the newest theme park to call Orlando home, Aquatica – SeaWorld’s Waterpark where up-close animal interactions, high-speed thrills and wide, sandy beaches are blended together to immerse visitors in a South Sea island retreat. Those in search of more laughs on their vacation can make their way to Universal Orlando. The newest addition here is a ride based on FOX’s blockbuster hit animated series, “The Simpsons,” which takes families on a hysterical, almost unimaginable journey. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios visitors are in for an extra special experience with the newest ride Toy Story Mania!, where they don 3-D glasses and zip into a world of exciting midway-style games for an interactive “Toy Story” competition inspired by the film.
For more information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a complimentary vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official Vacation Guide and Orlando Preferred Visitor Magicard™ or to purchase discount attraction tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando’s official Web site at orlandoinfo.com or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181 (United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872. While in Orlando, visitors may stop by the Official Visitor Center located at 8723 International Drive, at the southeast corner of International Drive and Austrian Row. The Official Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and is closed Dec. 25).
For a complete list of special fares visit airtran.com where travelers may also complete their purchase or call the AirTran Airways’ reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842.
Photo Caption: To celebrate more than 100 special value offers for travelers to Orlando, performers from the resident company of La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil put the finishing touches on a “Say YES to Orlando” wrapped AirTran Airways airplane at the Orlando International Airport. Along with the 100 special offers from the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc., listed on orlandoinfo.com/offers, AirTran Airways unveiled newly discounted Orlando flights.
*All fares are one-way. All fares are non-refundable and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase, plus any applicable increase in airfare. One bag per be checked free of charge, and a 2nd bag may be checked for a fee of up to $20 per person. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $10 per person. Ten-day advance purchase required. Lowest sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Additional sale fares are valid for travel on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased by July 10, 2008. Sale fares are valid for travel through November 5, 2008. Blackout dates are as follows: September 1, 2008. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of $3.50. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18 are not included. Fares to/from Puerto Rico do not include additional government taxes of up to $30.80.