Synergy-Connect brings connections to the Midwest meetings market

Naples, Fla.(February 23, 2018) – The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau has entered into an agreement with Synergy-Connect to provide sales representation services for the Midwest meetings market.

Synergy-Connect offers a team of seasoned sales professionals to enhance and add to the efforts of the bureau, which currently has one group sales representative on staff. The Synergy-Connect team of Maura Zhang and Donna Mitsos brings extensive experience and contacts in the events, meetings, incentives, travel and hospitality industries.

“Having the added presence in such an important feeder market is sure to increase our leads and booked business from top Midwest-based meeting planners,” said Debi DeBenedetto, group sales and marketing manager for the CVB. “The Synergy-Connect team will be assisting the CVB with tradeshows, sales missions and familiarization trips to our destination by key group meeting planners.”

The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB provides tourism destination marketing and management for Collier County in Southwest Florida, the region known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. The area is known for its excellent hotel and resort-based meetings and conference facilities and many leisure amenities including golf, fishing, ecotours, and family attractions. For more information on holding meetings and conferences in the destination, contact Debi DeBenedetto at [email protected] or 239-252-2379. To reach Synergy-Connect, contact Maura Zhang at [email protected] or 786-409-1648.

About Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official tourism destination marketing and management organization for Collier County, Florida, known as Florida’s Paradise Coast. The CVB produces the area’s ongoing destination marketing campaigns, tourism website and visitor guides, and provides information and assistance for group meeting and sports event planners, travel media, tour operators, and travel agents. Tourism is the key economic engine for Collier County. More than 1.7 million visitors annually provide an economic impact of over $2 billion and support over 37,000 local jobs. Ongoing destination marketing by the CVB is the key driver of visitation resulting in short-term stays in paid lodging that collect the Collier County Tourism Development Tax, which pays for beach renourishment, amateur sports facilities, destination marketing, county museums, and cultural and event grants.

For more information about Collier County Tourism, call the CVB at 239-252-6292. For information on vacationing or holding meetings in the destination, visit For information about bringing a sports event to the area, visit Follow the destination on Twitter and Instagram @ParadiseCoast, and on Facebook at


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