Air Carrier GLO To Provide Seasonal Service To Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport

Regional Air Carrier GLO announced this week that they soon will be soaring into Northwest Florida, providing low-cost, non-stop service from New Orleans, LA and Little Rock, AR.

GLO Announcement at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
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For the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, this is the second partnership with a new airline to be announced in less than a month.

Tracy Stage has been the Okaloosa County Airport’s Interim Director since October of 2015. His tenure has been short, but exciting.

In January, VPS added Allegiant Air with seasonal nonstop flights from Cincinnati, OH and St. Louis, MO.

Now, Stage is excited to welcome GLO Airlines to the VPS lineup.

“They came to visit us roughly five years ago to meet with the airport, to meet with the tourist industry and local leadership to better understand the destination,” Stage said. “You know these wins don’t happen overnight, so over years we’ve been speaking with them and it’s just the right time at the right place for GLO to expand.”

GLO was founded in 2013 by Trey Fayard and the service initiated flights in November of 2015.

As with Allegiant, GLO’s service will be seasonal.

Beginning March 25, the airline will offer direct flights between Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport and both New Orleans and Little Rock.  One-way, introductory “GLOForIt” fares are $119 (tax included) for the New Orleans route and $149 (tax included) for the Little Rock route.

The flights are currently scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, with one flight each day to Little Rock and New Orleans, through the beginning of September.

“However, if the demand is there, they’ll extend the season or they’ll even run it year round,” said Stage, adding that it’s dependent on utilization of the service.

For the new routes to Florida’s Emerald Coast, GLO’s operator, Corporate Flight Management, will deploy the Saab 340B aircraft, known for its comfort and reliability.

“We offer a higher touch, a higher service option for our customers,” said Mike Welch, who is Vice President of Ground Operations for GLO Airlines and oversees the operations at the various airports they serve. “We’ve got thirty seats on the aircraft like I mentioned, and each one is very spacious and very comfortable.”

Welch also believes the price they offer to get here and the connectivity to the market is something that’s attractive, and differentiates their service from Allegiant.

On the new flights, on board service will be provided by a flight attendant and will include complimentary snacks and beverages from the region GLO services, as well as local publications. GLO passengers may also transport up to three bags and one personal item for free.

GLO will be Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport’s fifth air carrier and increases the number of destinations to nine.

“It’s great to get more people who otherwise might not have come so a boom to the tourism industry,” said Dr. Rick Harper, Director of the UWF Center for Research and Economic Opportunity.

While, Harper thinks the additional airline service is great for the area as a whole, he says it’ll be interesting to see how well some of these new flights catch on.

“It’s an open question as to whether people from New Orleans are going to hop on the plane to fly to Northwest Florida or whether they’re going to hop in a car to do it,” he said, noting that trading the nine-hour car drive from Little Rock for a two-hour flight should not be a tough sell.

VPS officials say the airline is expected to bring in more than $1 million in economic impact to the economy.

Destination and ticket information are available at FlyGLO.com

6 Tips for Renting Your Vacation Condo

SPL 408_Legacy_2015_06_03_003Many of our previous blogs have been written for people who want to rent a vacation condo on the  Emerald Coast but today I’d like to share some tips with vacation condo owners who want to improve their property and increase business.

1. Add a personal touch

People like connecting with other people. They like to know that there’s a human on the other end of the business and not some faceless company. They want to know that their patronage is appreciated. You can make your guests feel welcome by leaving a handwritten note thanking them for their business, or a welcome basket with some inexpensive vacation gifts (candle, sun block, tourist guide, etc.).

2. List with a quality company

Managing a rental property is hard enough, but you bought the home as an investment, you don’t want to work 40 hours/week running the thing. That’s why it makes more sense to list your property with a quality vacation condo rental company that does all the marketing for you.

3. Be responsive, even if you’re booked

If someone contacts you about your vacation rental property, don’t ignore them. Many people have flexible vacationing timelines. For example, they may be open to taking time off work any time in July or August. Make sure to respond to everyone and encourage them to book a free time.

4. Visit your property several times per year

If you live out of state, don’t rely on your guests and property management company to keep you informed about the state of your unit. Visit between bookings every now and then to poke around. Look for wear and tear that hasn’t been reported or small issue that might turn into big problems.

5. Be mindful of the taxman

Renting out your vacation condo is a business and you should prepare your tax documents and legal papers with that in mind. Make sure to put aside some of your rental income every month so you can pay taxes on it at the end of the year.

6. Get insurance!

I can’t stress this enough! You need to have more than a traditional homeowner’s insurance policy on your condo. You need to have a specific policy that understands you are renting your house out as a vacation property. You need to protect yourself for when a renter leaves the water running or backs into your garage.

Browse affordable vacation condo rentals in Fort Walton Beach, Florida here.

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Look no further for vacation condo rentals on the beautiful Emerald Coast in Florida! Legacy Vacations has over thirty years experience providing guests with the best Florida dream vacation experience possible, as well as a level of customer service that exceeds expectations. They’re based right on the beach in Fort Walton Beach so they know a lot about the area!

Feel free to call upon their expert team to provide you with a smooth booking experience for your vacation rental condo in the Fort Walton Beach / Destin , Florida area. We will help you do all of the planning so you and yours can start making memories!

For more information visit www.legacy-vacations.com.