From:                     on behalf of CFHLA

Sent:                               Friday, July 08, 2016 12:18 PM


Subject:                          CFHLA -  Back of the House - July 8, 2016


 Volume 3 - Edition 1


In This Issue...












This Newsletter proudly sponsored by:


July Allied
Member of the Month


Jackie Bozzuto
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, and Reed, PA.

July Lodging
Member of the Month

Mark Politte

DoubleTree by Hilton
at the Entrance to
Universal Orlando

CFHLA Executive Committee

Dave Bartek
Loews Hotels

1st Vice Chairperson
Brian Comes
Hyatt Regency Orlando

2nd Vice Chairperson
Fred Sawyers
Walt Disney World
Swan & Dolphin

Keith Wolling
B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista

Jetse Pottinga
Melia Orlando
Suite Hotel

Assistant Treasurer
Jesse Martinez
The Alfond Inn at Rollins

Laura Sherman
CLC Regal Oaks

Immediate Past Chair
Gerald Urquiola
Caribe Royale Resort & Convention Center

Partners of the Month:

ARC Breakfast

Associated Planners Group

Area General Managers Meeting - Downtown

Minuteman Press

Area General Managers Meeting - Seminole County

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions

Board Meeting


Forward Thinking 2017 Membership Luncheon

Corporate Sponsors:

Blue Team Restoration

Universal Orlando

VS Media Group

A/V Partner

PSAV - Presentation Services

Electrical Partner

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Spin Out Guest Laundries

Luxury Online Auction

Allegra Print

Member Networking Luncheon

Pirates Town


Hospitality Updates:

Orlando among next cities to get OK for Cuba flights

Orlando Business Journal - The Buzz

Richard Bilbao

Orlando is among the list of U.S. cities now in the mix to receive the OK to start flights to Cuba by this fall.

Eight airliners, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Air Lines, are part of a U.S. Department of Transportation proposal to begin flights to Havana from four Florida markets including Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Tampa. Other U.S. cities include Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and New York City.

"Collectively, the airlines applied for nearly 60 flights per day to Havana, exceeding the 20 daily flights made available by arrangement between the two governments. The department's principal objective in making its proposed selections was to maximize public benefits including choosing airlines that offered and could maintain the best ongoing service between the U.S. and Havana," said a release.

Last June, the department announced the first string of major airliners to begin service to Havana from destinations that included similar cities to this proposal including others such as Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Philadelphia.

This begins to break down the walls for local businesses that may see opportunities in the neighboring country, but it still isn't completely open. As of now, tourism-related travel to Cuba is still prohibited, and there's still uncertainty on how much tourism impact flights to Orlando could actually have.

Here's how much U.S. travelers will spend this summer

Orlando Business Journal - The Buzz

Richard Bilbao

Travelers to Orlando are going to be spending big this summer, and that will help offset any slowdowns that Orlando may see this year.

Orlando, which welcomed more than 66 million visitors last year, is among many Southeast U.S. destinations on the top search hits for travelers, said a report from the U.S. Travel Association. More than 30 percent of all U.S. searches for predicted travel that would take place this July through August were for the Southeast region, which is obviously dominated by Florida and Orlando, specifically. Other areas of the U.S. garnering traveler interest were the West Coast states and the Washington, D.C./New York region.

More interesting is that the report stated nearly eight in 10 Americans plan to spend as much as $941 per person this year. In Orlando, that amount of spending could translate into more than $62 billion in economic impact - if this trend stays strong through the rest of the year.

In fact, the estimate would be far greater taking into account that a large portion of Orlando's travel base is international, visitors who tend to spend even more money per person per trip.

"Weekend getaways are extremely popular this summer, with the average American planning three between now and Labor Day, with beach trips and family visits the most popular choices. More Americans are planning their trips in advance this summer, with 46 percent saying they are planning their trips more than one month out from booking, versus 37 percent in 2015," said the report.

These trends are good indicators for the local travel and tourism industry as it continues to grow at a steady pace with new attractions, hotels sales and more. Because travel is typically considered discretionary spending, it is important to constantly gauge what travelers look for and how economic factors are impacting their habits.


CFHLA, in partnership with
Skal International Orlando, presents:

This "working lunch" program (12Noon - 1:30PM) will feature a
Panel Discussion 
detailing the following items:

Occupancy Projections

Marketing Campaigns

Economic Trends for 2017

Additionally, CFHLA has confirmed the
following Panelists for this year's program:

To register for this industry update program, please visit:

CFHLA recognizes the following members
for their support of this program:

Corporate Sponsors:

A / V Partner:


Electrical Partner:


CFHLA recognizes the following
Members and Community Partners who have scheduled
Blood Drives
during the month of July via the
Summer Hospitality Challenge
Blood Drive Program,
in partnership with OneBlood:

Hilton Orlando

Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal

Orlando World Center Marriott

OUC - The Reliable One

SeaWorld Parks & Resorts

Universal Orlando Resort

Valencia College (West Campus)

Walt Disney World Company

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin

Additionally, CFHLA salutes the
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando East
for promoting their scheduled blood drive via email blast!

For more information about how your
company / property can participate in the
Summer Hospitality Challenge
Blood Drive Challenge, please visit:


Recently, the CFHLA Executive Committee
appointed a new member to the Board of Directors.

Steve Cadaret,
General Manager of the
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton located
in the Disney Springs Resort Area

will officially begin his new term on the Board
at the July Board of Directors Meeting.



Have you registered for this 


As you may know, CFHLA annually produces the
Patriot Day Breakfast
to honor first responders and hospitality security personnel,
in addition to serving as a time of remembrance
for the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

This year's breakfast is set to occur on
Friday, September 9
at the Orange County Convention Center
(Thank you Kathie Canning, Executive Director)

Registration for this community event will open by the
beginning of August, however at this time CFHLA is proud to announce
two significant guests of honor for this year's breakfast:

2016 Patriot Day Breakfast Honorary Chairman:

Orlando Police Chief John Mina

2016 Patriot Day Breakfast Keynote Speaker:


9/11 Survivor - Mike Fineo

Please save the date of
Friday, September 9, 8:00AM - 9:30AM,
for this Patriotic Community Breakfast.


Recently, CFHLA 2014 Allied Member of the Year
Ruthann DiLauri
of Minuteman Press
was named the
Rotary President of the Year
for District 6980 of Rotary International.

Rotary District 6980 consists of
48 Rotary Clubs
across five Central Florida Counties. 

Ms. DiLauri is currently serving as the
2016 President for the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips.



Please consider these marketing opportunities
as a segment of your business strategy.

The following CFHLA
2016 Sponsorship Opportunities
are available for purchase:

Heat Tradeshow -
Carpet Cling Sponsorship

-  Company logo featured in the foyer leading to the exhibit hall

-  2 Clings per sponsorship (24" x 24")

-  Recognition on the day of event PowerPoint loop

-  "Back of the House" recognition with web link

Fee: $300

Summer Golf League Sponsorship

-  Tuesday Nights through August

-  Summer league serves as a fundraiser for the
CFHLA Foundation and Children's Miracle Network.

-  One sponsor per week

-  Welcome Remarks to Golfers and Display Table at first hole.

Fee: $250

Orlando Magic Tip-Off Luncheon -
Corporate Sponsorship:

-  Includes admission for 2

-  Verbal recognition, company logo featured on all distributed items

-  Back of the House Newsletter recognition

Fee : $1,000

Halloween Golf Open -
Hole Sponsorship / Non-Alcohol

-  Sponsorship includes display table and signage

-  2 seats at the luncheon

Fee: $350

Halloween Golf Open -
Raffle Sponsor

-  Corporate logo on 300 Raffle Tickets

-  Tabletop display at luncheon, company
banner, and 2 seats at luncheon

-  Logo on PowerPoint Presentation.

Fee: $1,000

For more information, please visit:
or contact CFHLA Staff Person Lisa Harley -





Have you been an Active
CFHLA Allied Member for over 2 years?

Your experience is needed to serve as a
2016 CFHLA Allied Membership Mentor!

As an "official" CFHLA mentor, you will be responsible
for guiding one new CFHLA Allied Member
through his/her first year of CFHLA participation.

CFHLA Allied Mentor Qualifications:

2 years of active involvement with
CFHLA and participation in a
minimum of one committee

CFHLA Mentor Responsibilities:

1.    Mail a hand written "welcome" note to
the new Member (with your business card)

2.    Place an initial phone call to
welcome the Member to CFHLA

3.    Establish a minimum of 3 "one on one"
brief meetings to offer a face to face introduction

4.    Encourage the new Member to
attend a CFHLA New Member Orientation

5.    Encourage the new Member to join a committee

6.    At CFHLA Events and Activities introduce
the new member to other CFHLA Members

Click here for more
information or to register.

If you have questions relating to this program,
please contact CFHLA Member Services Director
Ron Wrobel -



Have you registered for the
July ARC Breakfast
featuring a special guest presentation by
Doug Dvorak?
(Motivational Speaker, Founder & Managing
 Principle of The Sales Coaching Institute)

This program will feature a presentation titled:
"Everything Starts & Stops with Motivation &
Sales in the Hospitality Industry -
Nothing Happens Until Somebody Sells Something"
and is set to occur
Tuesday, July 12th  /  8AM - 9AM
at the
B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista
(Thank you Keith Wolling, General Manager)

For your information, Mr. Dvorak's dedication to success and sales excellence earned him recognition as a
"Top Ten Sales Professionals in America"
by  Personal Selling Power Magazine and in August 2014, Doug was inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame. 

For more information and registration, please visit:

CFHLA recognizes the 2016 ARC Breakfast Series Sponsor:


Below please find current employment opportunities
in the Central Florida Hospitality Industry:

Director of Sales
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Assistant Food & Beverage Manager
The Villas of Grand Cypress
CLICK HERE to view the job description

SpringHill Suites Orlando at SeaWorld
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Assistant Housekeeping Manager
Hyatt Regency Orlando
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Guest Services Agents (FT & PT)
Give Kids the World Village
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Night Auditor
Hyatt Place Orlando Airport
CLICK HERE to view the job description

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