The Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport Hotel @ Town Center recently held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on April 15th, 2009 with more than 500 people attending the celebration. From local business leaders to city officials and a variety of supporters of the property came out to join in the celebration. The evening featured “a taste of town center” food stations from the full-service OASIS restaurant and Patio Bar expertly prepared by Chef Murray Young. Guests enjoyed live entertainment and tours of the property for first time visitors. “It’s a lovely hotel with great amenities in a central location for the casual visitor or business traveler,” said Suya Davenport, executive director of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau. The hotel sets itself apart from other local hotels by offering all guests, from leisure to group meetings, a full-service experience with all the comforts and amenities guests expect. The hotel offers 169 new contemporary guestrooms, the breakfast, lunch and dinner OASIS restaurant and bar, outdoor heated pool with Jacuzzi, fully equipped state of the art fitness center and unique outdoor in-ground fire pit with pass through bar and outdoor lounge style lakefront seating to highlight a few. Arguably the most exciting features to the hotel encompass the hotel’s 7,000 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space. Jon E. Lemke, CHME the hotels Director of Sales and Marketing states, “We are excited to offer the only meeting and social venue in the airport corridor for business meetings and social events of all types where planners are looking for a beautiful setting with price flexibility to hold these events. With more than 7,000 total square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, we believe will fill a need for the local and regional business community for all types of meetings and events up to 300 attendees”. The property is committed to high standards of service with experienced management and well trained associates lead by industry veteran Brian Holly, Managing Director for the hotel. The sale team is ready to assist with any inquires for guestrooms and or meeting space needs. The sales team is comprised of seasoned professionals committed to exceeding guest’s expectations. Ani Farrell, sales manager handles local corporate clients, sports and National Association business, Sandi Spahn, sales manager with local corporate groups, State Associations and special markets and Mariann Denbaas, Catering and conference services manager handles social groups, catering events and assists planners with all service aspects during the formulative process. “We are all here to work with and serve our clients and customers offering them a superb hotel with outstanding food quality and pro-active guest service. We invite everyone to give us a try and see the hotel and what we can do and offer”, Lemke said.