~New Founders Promotional Campaign Includes Hotels, Resorts, B&B's Countywide~
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla., May 27, 2009 - Palm Beach County (, "America's first resort
destination," will mark its 100-year anniversary with an historic promotional campaign. To celebrate its founding in
April 1909, a countywide "1909 Founders Package" is offered at participating hotels, resorts and B&Bs. Depending
on the property, guests stay two, three or four nights and get an additional night for only $19.09 through
December 2009. Meeting planners can also secure rebates from $1,909 to $4,909 for events booked by September
"As far as anniversaries go, 100 years is a proud milestone," stated Jorge Pesquera, president & CEO, Palm Beach
County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We are thrilled that close to 80 hotels, B&Bs and even iconic resorts like
The Breakers and Boca Raton Resort & Club have all joined together to offer the 1909 Founders Package to honor
the year Palm Beach County was founded. We encourage travelers to take advantage of these great values and
experience a destination rich with diversity."
Below is a sampling of properties offering 1909 Founders Package rates.
? Hotel Biba, West Palm Beach - This charming boutique hotel is minutes from the Kravis Center for the
Performing Arts, CityPlace shopping complex, Clematis Street and Antique Row.
? Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton - Culminating its recent $250 million renovation and new Beach
Club, this distinctive resort is an ideal base for discovering southern Palm Beach County.
? The Breakers, Palm Beach - This iconic resort on the island of Palm Beach is celebrated for gracious
service, beachfront location, amenities and proximity to world-class Worth Avenue shopping and dining.
? Crane's BeachHouse, Delray Beach - A charming guest house with a laid-back vibe, Crane's is within
walking distance to the beach and Atlantic Avenue's cafés, boutiques and nightlife.
? Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Jupiter - Located on the ocean near the Jupiter Inlet, this resort is a short
drive from Roger Dean Stadium, the summer home for Palm Beach County minor league baseball, the
Jupiter Hammerheads and the West Palm Beach Cardinals.
? Grandview Gardens Bed & Breakfast and Vacation Homes, West Palm Beach - Located in the historic
downtown neighborhood of Grandview Heights and nestled in a tropical garden paradise, the B&B is in
walking distance to the restaurants, theaters, sidewalk cafes, nightclubs and boutiques of CityPlace.
? Mango Inn Bed & Breakfast, Lake Worth - Tucked inside a tropical garden, this historic home was built in
1915 and is in close proximity to the beach and downtown Lake Worth.
? PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens - This newly-renovated destination resort is the
ultimate golfer's paradise with five championship golf courses, David Ledbetter Golf Academy, Dave Pelz
Scoring Game School and a 40,000-sq.-ft. spa for relaxing following a day on the links.
? Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort, Singer Island - Situated on a tranquil four-mile stretch of beach
featuring ocean and island views, this full-service resort offers an outdoor heated pool, private sandy
beach, fitness center, jogging trail and more. Area restaurants, attraction, sports and cultural venues are also unveiling anniversary themed discounts and
special offers. Examples include the following.
? National Croquet Center - Built on ten acres in West Palm Beach, the National Croquet Center is the
largest dedicated croquet facility in the world. Enjoy croquet and lunch for $19.09 on Saturday mornings
at the Center's 19,000 square foot clubhouse and 12 full-size croquet lawns.
? Island Living Tours, Palm Beach - Led by a local expert, Island Living Bicycle Tours are professionally
planned and designed, providing an historical narrative of Palm Beach, a look at the island's cultural
attractions and examples of its famed architecture. Bicycle tours are being offered for only $19.09.
? The Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum - Housed within the historic 1916
Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach, the museum presents a county-wide history that enriches the
lives of children and adults alike, making local history accessible, interesting and meaningful. The
restored building also serves as the headquarters of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Purchases from the museum gift shop receive a 19.09% discount.
For more information, visit or call the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau at
Palm Beach County officials, businesses and neighborhoods are throwing celebratory events and festivities to mark
the centennial. For a list of events and celebrations, visit
Palm Beach County - America's First Resort Destination
Standard Oil Company magnate Henry Flagler is credited with developing Palm Beach County as America's first resort
destination. When he broke ground for the Royal Poinciana Hotel on May 1, 1893, Palm Beach was a desolate tropical Atlantic
Coast barrier island. The six-story, Georgian-style resort opened on February 11, 1894, as a winter retreat for elite passengers
escaping cold northern winters via Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway - which inaugurated service to West Palm Beach on
March 22, 1894. Two years later, he built a second hotel, The Palm Beach Inn, later renamed The Breakers. The signing of the
Palm Beach County Charter occurred on April 30, 1909, and the destination was formally incorporated on July 1, 1909.
About Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Palm Beach
County, Fla. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating a direct annual economic impact of $2.8 billion
in the local economy, producing $23 million dollars in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million. Palm
Beach County presents "The Best of Everything?" - from a multitude of accommodations, including more than 200 hotels,
resorts, spas, golf courses, world-class shopping, 47 miles of pristine beaches, distinctive attractions and an assortment of
cultural venues to top-notch festivals and edge-of-your-seat sporting activities. All who visit this subtropical paradise will find
cities rich in diversity and home to warm, friendly people.
Kenneth Morgan, Communications Manager
Palm Beach County CVB
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 800, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
561.233.3000 FAX 561.233.3009