Leading travel editors from Conde Nast, USA Today and Fodor's served as the 2005 Beach Week Expert Panel for the selection. Naples was prominently featured in the America's Best Beaches program that debuted March 6, 2005 on the Travel Channel. The program re-airs March 13 at 4:00 p.m.
"We are honored that Naples has been recognized by the Travel Channel and its panel of top travel experts, since there truly is something for every member of the family in our destination," said Jack Wert, tourism director for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Visitors are amazed at the natural beauty and wealth of activity choices in and around Naples. We're very pleased that the Travel Channel took the time to investigate the benefits of the area so that viewers can get a close up look at our Paradise Coast(SM)."
For more information on America's Best Beaches for 2005, visit the Travel Channel on the Web at http://www.discovery.com and click on Travel Channel. To learn more about visiting the Naples area, log on to http://www.paradisecoast.com.
In addition to the Travel Channel recognition, Naples has also been dubbed the #1 Small Art Town in America by author Robert Villani in the fourth edition of The 100 Best Art Towns in America, distributed in March 2005 by W.W. Norton. In choosing Naples as No. 1, Villani cited the area's "amazing range of natural splendor," along with its "sophisticated and serious art galleries," its art fairs, community arts centers and theaters and the Philharmonic Center complex that includes the Naples Museum of Art.
The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official tourism marketing agency for Collier County, Florida, funded entirely by the Collier County tourist development tax. The CVB provides information and free visitors guides for consumers, travel agents, tour operators and meeting planners online at http://www.paradisecoast.com or by calling 1-800-2-ESCAPE, or 239-403-2384.