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Sent:                               Friday, September 02, 2016 12:10 PM


Subject:                          CFHLA -  Back of the House - September 2, 2016



 Volume 3 - Edition 10


In This Issue...











This Newsletter proudly sponsored by:


September Allied
Member of the Month


Holly Howarth
Symbiont Service Corp

September Lodging
Member of the Month

Jeff Swirsky

Floridays Orlando Resort

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:

Patriot Day Breakfast

Presenting Sponsor

Radio One / Motorola

Corporate Sponsor

Orlando Health

Heroes Table Sponsors


Belfor Property Restoration, (USA) Inc.

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions

Dense Networks

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Loews Hotels

Orlando Mattress Company
6/12 Table Sponsors

11th Hour Business Solutions

Balloons by Renee

CFHLA Allied Relations Council

CFHLA Food & Beverage Council


Global Sourcing International, LLC

Greenery Productions

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Kids Nite Out

Minuteman Press

Premier Elevator Co

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Sheraton Vistana Villages

Wealth Management Strategies

Allied Relations Council Breakfast

Associated Planners Group

Executive Committee Meeting

Sunshine Recycling

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Spin Out Guest Laundries

Tee It Up For Tourism Golf Outing & Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor

Mid-Florida Golf Cars

Hole Sponsors

AwnClean USA

Blue Team Restoration

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services


Honeydo Commercial Floor Repair

Mid-Florida Golf Cars

CFHLA Board of Directors Meeting

Summit Broadband

Hospitality Updates:


Orlando's top visitation country to shift in 2017

Orlando Business Journal - The Buzz

Richard Bilbao

Travel from the United Kingdom will continue to be Orlando's darling when it comes to airline seating capacity, but the same can't be said for Brazil - normally the No. 1 overseas market for the region.

Trends show airlines bringing more Brits to Central Florida next year, despite all the kerfuffle regarding the Brexit vote and the impact that can have on the British economy. The U.K. traditionally has been Orlando's No. 2 overseas market, but it looks like it will take over the top spot this year. "Places like the U.K. still are seeing airlines grow their seating capacity, which is encouraging and shows the continuing strength in the U.K. market," said Daryl Cronk, research guru with Visit Orlando, the region's tourism bureau.

Exact estimates of seating capacity are not available as airlines change seating capacity regularly, but trends are looking positive, he added.

The same can't be said for Brazil, which has been hammered by multiple political and economical issues in recent years. "Travel to the U.S. from Brazil is down, and for the second half of this year and into next year, airline seating capacity already is being scaled back a little bit," Cronk added.

Brazilian travel to Florida has taken a hit in recent years, dropping 10 percent to 1.47 million visitors from there in 2015, according to Visit Florida, the state's tourism bureau. In comparison, the number of U.K. visitors to the Sunshine State was up 3 percent in 2015, reaching 1.69 million. In Orlando, the number of visitors from those two overseas markets tends to be similar, with the South American country in the lead. Current local numbers on those travelers were not available.

The decrease in travelers from Brazil is bad news for Orlando, as Brazilians are among the top spenders when they visit the City Beautiful. On average, international visitors spend up to $1,000 per person, per trip here, and Brazilians sometimes spend far more than that on American consumer products, attractions, lodging and more. Orlando International Airport welcomes more than 40 million passengers a year.

It's too early to make any firm predictions for 2017's travel, Cronk said, but that's something the industry will watch closely to make sure it adjusts to meet the needs of the countries sending the most travelers to town.

I-Drive's iFly attraction shares expected opening date, more details

Orlando Business Journal - The Buzz

Richard Bilbao

International Drive's visitors may be able to fly in a state-of-the-art skydiving attraction by next spring.

The corridor's skydiving attraction, iFly Orlando, will open its new 20,000-square-foot-plus facility by next spring, spokesman Nick Romeo told Orlando Business Journal. "It's a big hole in the ground right now, but we are looking at the latter part of March for the new I-Drive location," he said.

The new location will be an upgrade compared to iFly's current digs further north on International Drive. Specifically, the new facility will house a glass dual-wind tunnel system that will be visible to guests passing by on International Drive.

Romeo said the wind tunnel technology to be used in the new attraction is several generations later than what is used at the north I-Drive location and will be one of a kind. He also said the company will open new locations in Tampa and Miami during the next four months.

Documents filed with Orange County last October lay out plans for a new 11,260-square-foot skydiving facility with another 11,700 square feet of retail space at 8969 International Drive - the current location of a Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf attraction - between Icebar Orlando and Wonder Works.

This is one of two Orlando-area attractions iFly is working on. The company also has partnered with the Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame to build a new joint museum and skydiving wind tunnel attraction somewhere in Orlando. Details on that project have yet to be determined, Romeo added.



The next CFHLA Allied Relations Council Breakfast featuring
New Developments in Orlando
is set to occur
Tuesday, September 13
from 8:00AM - 9:00AM at the
B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista.
(Thank you Keith Wolling, General Manager)

For your information, this breakfast program
will feature a panel of speakers including:

Thearon Scurlock
General Manager
Old Town

Kevin Steyer
Director of Business Development
Ace Cafe Orlando

And More!

To register for this networking
activity, please CLICK HERE.

CFHLA recognizes the 2016 ARC Breakfast Series Sponsor:


On Saturday, August 27 the
CFHLA Food & Beverage Council
participated as a vendor at the
Taste of the Nation
fundraiser by No Child Hungry and
SecondHarvest Food Banks of Central Florida.

The Council served a "Butterscotch Bourbon Beer Float"
featuring Orlando Brewing's Brown Ale and
Muse Gelato's Butterscotch Bourbon Gelato.

The CFHLA Food & Beverage Council at the Taste of the Nation

CFHLA recognizes the Food & Beverage Council
for their support of this fundraising event.



For your information, the
2016 CFHLA Hospitality Gala
will be held on
Saturday, December 10,
6:00PM - 12Midnight at the beautiful
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
(Thank You Dave Bartek!).

Once again, CFHLA is extending to Members the opportunity to
Reserve a Table
for the 2016 Hospitality Gala and take advantage of a
3-Month Payment Plan.

Register now for a table and you will receive your first
invoice prior to September 15th in the amount of $330.

Please visit
to register for your payment plan.
NOTE:  September 15 is the last day payment plans may be reserved. First payments of $330 are DUE September 15.


As the Fall 2016 semester begins, CFHLA thanks and recognizes the following Lodging Members for participating in the
CFHLA Student Lounge
"Meet & Greet" Program

at the
UCF-Rosen College of Hospitality Management:

Bonnet Creek Resort Area
(Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek / Waldorf Astoria Orlando)

Caribe Royale Resort & Convention Center

Grande Lakes Orlando
(JW Marriott Orlando / Ritz-Carlton Orlando)

Hilton Orlando

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Orlando World Center Marriott

Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

THANK YOU for your support of Hospitality Education!


This week CFHLA attended the
Charity Challenge Awards Luncheon
(Hosted by Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine)
to receive a check for funds raised by CFHLA Members
who participated in this year's Charity Challenge.

Over $2800
was awarded to the CFHLA Foundation to support
Hospitality Student Scholarships and Grants for 2017.

CFHLA salutes the following Members for designating the CFHLA Foundation as their selected charity, and supporting Hospitality Education:

Alfond Inn at Rollins

Belfor Property Restoration


Embassy Suites Orlando I-Drive / Convention Center
& DoubleTree Suites Lake Buena Vista

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld


Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, founder of Charity Challenge, with a check representing the over $123,000 distributed to 81 charities in 2016

For more information regarding Charity Challenge please visit:


Yesterday, CFHLA celebrated the
12 Year Work Anniversary
of CFHLA Finance Director
Lee Johnson.

for 12 Years of Dedication to the Association!


CFHLA is proud to welcome two new
Interns for the Fall 2016 Semester:

Juan Ortiz-Cifuentes
UCF-Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Contessa Skelton
UCF-Rosen College of Hospitality Management



Please note the CFHLA Offices will be
on Monday, September 5 for the
Labor Day Holiday.

Normal office hours will resume at 7:30AM on Tuesday, September 6.

Have a Safe
Labor Day Weekend!


For the second year in a row, CFHLA has been nominated for the
"Best Local Trade Association" Award
via the Orlando Business Journal
Reader's Choice Awards!

Please consider casting your vote for
CFHLA and supporting the Association.



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

Executive Housekeeper,
Front Desk Agents,
and MORE!
Park Inn by Radisson Resort
CLICK HERE to view the open positions

Banquet Manager
Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Loss Prevention Supervisor
Grande Lakes Orlando
(JW Marriott Orlando / Ritz-Carlton Orlando)
CLICK HERE to view the job description

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