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  • September 29, 2022 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear FAA Member,

    Hurricane Ian has been devastating for many of Florida's Attractions. As a resource, the FAA has compiled a list of known closures and/or attraction operation changes.

    The full list can be viewed here. If you have information to share with the FAA and your fellow members, please contact the FAA office at 850-222-2885 or info@floridaattractions.org.

    We will do anything we can to be of assistance.

    Stay safe,

    Your FAA Staff



  • September 22, 2022 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register In a City Near You

    Join attraction and tourism industry colleagues from your region for an informal evening of networking, sharing and fun! FAA’s Networking Nights are back and in full swing!


    Attendees include attraction representatives of FAA Member Attractions as well as Supplier Associate members, Tourism Associate members, and representatives from your local DMO (Convention & Visitor Bureau).


    Members of the Florida Attractions Association and non-members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

     


    2022 Locations and Dates:

    Fort Lauderdale

    Wednesday, October 19

    Flamingo Gardens

    5:30-7:30pm

    Register Here

    Orlando

    Wednesday, October 26

    Discovery Cove

    6:00-8:00pm

    Register Here

    St. Augustine

    Thursday, October 27

    Colonial Quarter

    6:00-8:00pm

    Register Here

    St. Petersburg

    Wednesday, November 2

    Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center

    5:30-7:30pm

    Register Here

    Sarasota

    Thursday, November 3

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

    5:00-7:00pm

    Register Here

    Miami

    Coming Soon!


  • September 12, 2022 2:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Fellow FAA Member,


    On November 8, Floridians will go to the polls to elect the Florida Cabinet, a US Senator, their Congressman, State Senator, and State Representative.  While the Florida Attractions Association works diligently to advocate on behalf of our industry, the non-partisan Florida Attractions Political Action Committee (FAPAC) is focused on electing tourism and business-friendly candidates to the Florida Legislature. 


    Our success in the Florida Legislature is reliant on the election of men and women who understand the unique challenges of our industry and a willingness to respect the interests of our member businesses when deliberating Legislative proposals.


    Your FAPAC is asking Florida attractions industry leaders to chip in $25 to support this initiative and industry businesses to contribute $100. It’s a relatively small ask that returns huge rewards by electing the right leaders into the Florida Legislature.


    Thank you to these individuals and businesses who have already contributed to help us make a difference this November. Please join me and your FAPAC Committee to Back the PAC and elect conscientious leaders to support our interests.


    Sincerely,


    Cindy Stavely

    Executive Director, St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

    Chair, Florida Attractions Political Action Committee

     

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  • September 07, 2022 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Become a Sponsor of an FAA Event!

    The Florida Attractions Association depends on our Associate Members to to help us provide excellent programming to our members. Sponsorships elevate your company's profile before our members and demonstrate your support of our dynamic attractions industry.  

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    2022


    Golf Tournament

    Networking Nights

    FAA Networking Dinner

    2023 


    Attraction Regional Forums 

    Annual Conference

    Strategic Partnerships

    View Full Benefits and Secure a Sponsorship

     If your business is interested in sponsoring an FAA event, or has questions, please contact Mike Donaldson at 850-222-2885 or Donaldson@floridaattractions.org.

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  • July 20, 2022 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    9/1/22 Deadline

    Bureau of Fair Rides Releases Required Inspection and Documentation Guidelines

    The Bureau of Fair Rides has established a September 1, 2022 deadline for compliance with recent changes in Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code. Please review the Industry Letter and the Documentation Requirements below for details.

    Industry Letter

    Documentation Requirements

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  • July 13, 2022 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2022 Outstanding Member Award Recipients

    In case you missed, the FAA was proud to announce this year's Outstanding Member Award recipients at this year's Annual Conference in West Palm Beach June 12-15. Please join us in congratulating the Outstanding Attraction Member and Outstanding Association Member of 2022 for their unwavering dedication and service to Florida's attractions industry and the FAA...

    Outstanding Attraction Member of the Year

    Matt Johnson

    IMAG History & Science Center


    Our Outstanding Attraction Member of the year is someone who has exemplified the ideals we all aspire to. We have all benefited from this person’s leadership and most have been elevated by friendship. 

     

    Our honoree’s long-time service to the FAA reaches back 15 years. The FAA has benefited from this member’s wisdom, vision, and compassion. Leadership through a global pandemic wasn’t easy for any of us, but his leadership steered the FAA through the storm and into a brighter future.

     

    Matt has done more than devote himself to the FAA – he has shared his life with us. FAA member Marineland helped Matt “pop the question” to his wife Shannon and the FAA toasted Matt & Shannon the day following their engagement. Matt has been not just a remarkable leader to the FAA, but a wonderful example of a person to follow – authentic in the truest sense of the word.


    For his 15 years of volunteer service and leadership, we are pleased to honor our 2022 Outstanding Attraction Member of the Year - Matt Johnson!  

    Outstanding Associate Member of the Year

    Pam Wells

    Dippin' Dots


    Our Associate Member of the year has been an active supporter of the FAA for many years – This individual attends every conference, most Networking Nights, our IAAPA event, in fact, its hard to remember an FAA gathering when this person wasn’t there.

     

    Her presence helps us all keep our “cool” when we feel like “dippin”, she’s always there with the frozen “dots”.

     

    We are so grateful for her active participation in the FAA, for her company’s generous support, and for her work to ensure that those cool little tasty frozen delights are never too far way. It is a great honor and privilege to present the 2022 Associate Member of the Year to – Pam Wells!

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  • June 27, 2022 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2022 Annual Conference Recap

    Nearly 300 attraction industry professionals convened for the Florida Attractions 2022 Annual Conference in West Palm Beach June 12-15 as we Let the Sunshine In! 


    To our attendees - thank you for sharing in our extraordinary three days of inspiration and innovation. For those who missed it - we hope you'll consider your industry's annual conference an essential part of your professional development in 2023.


    Visit our recap site to view photos, download General Session and Breakout Session presentations,

    and more!

    CLICK TO VISIT

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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  • June 22, 2022 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Recording from General Session #2

    w/ the AttractionPros is Now Available!

    AttractionPros Matt Heller of Performance Optimist Consulting and Josh Liebman of ROLLER, marked the 250th episode of their AttractionPros Podcast with a live recording of General Session #2 at the Florida Attractions 2022 Annual Conference! 


    In this episode, you will hear Josh, Matt, and the attendees of the Annual Conference explore the intersection of guest and employee experience in real time. Along the way you’ll hear great suggestions about attracting, engaging and WOWing your guests and employees. 


    In case you missed it, or would like to share with your friends and employees, click on the button below to listen to Episode 250 of AttractionPros LIVE featuring YOU -- the leaders of Florida's attractions industry.

    Listen Here

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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  • May 16, 2022 11:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation (FASF) Board of Directors have selected five Florida-based students as recipients of the 2022 Scholarship. Aaron Anleu, Katarina Blumenstein, Elliot Fuerst, Lauren Toma and Wing Tung Liu will each receive a check for $2,000 to aid them in their pursuit of their hospitality-related degrees. FASF will be highlighting the scholarship program and acknowledging this year’s recipients at the Florida Attractions 2022 Annual Conference June 12-15 at the West Palm Beach Hilton and Palm Beach Country Convention Center. 

    aaron-01.pngAaron Anleu is currently working at Walt Disney World as a Guest Services Supervisor while pursuing his Ph.D. in Human Capital Management from Bellevue University. His career goal is to continue to inspire and motivate individuals throughout the hospitality industry with his Ph.D. to create not only a better experience for the guests but to create a better working environment for the employees of the hospitality industry.
    katarina-01.pngKatarina Blumenstein is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She is expecting to graduate in May 2023 and is an employee of Universal Orlando Resort where she works in Entertainment Costuming for marquee events at the park.  She is focused on a career as a scenic artist and set dresser and decorator.


    elliot-01.pngElliot Fuerst is also pursuing a degree in Entertainment Management from UCF. He currently works with the Universal Creative Team at Universal Orlando Resort as a Production Assistant Intern. As a rising senior, he hopes to dive deeper into industry topics by pursuing a leadership role in UCF’s Themed Entertainment Association so he can uplift other students interested in attraction-based careers. His career goal is to become a creative producer for theme park attractions.
    lauren.pngLauren Toma aspires to be part of the team at Universal Orlando Resort that puts on the attraction’s annual Halloween Horror Nights where she was a performer during the 2021 season. She is studying Hospitality Management at UCF where she maintains a 4.0 GPA. While pursuing her degree, she currently works as an event assistant for Whitney Carillon Events where she helps to coordinate events at Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria and Ritz-Carlton in Orlando.


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    Wing Tung Liu is also working toward her degree in Hospitality Management from UCF while minoring in Studio Art. She is currently an employee of Universal Resort Orlando where she works as an attraction attendant. Her career goal is to continue working at Universal Orlando and ultimately become a manager in attractions operations or in the hotel industry to provide quality guest experiences. 




    Since 2013, FASF has awarded scholarships to students pursuing degrees in hospitality-related fields to secure the future of the workforce. Scholarship applicants must be an employee or dependent of an employee of a Florida Attractions Association (FAA) member business, be a Florida resident and a full-time student with a cumulative major GPA of 2.8 or higher.

    “With the current workforce challenge, it is more important than ever to make sure we are continuing to invest in the future of our industry by supporting those who are aspiring to make hospitality and tourism their career,” said Chairman of the FASF Board of Directors and Vice President of Double T Multimedia Nick Romeo. “Our goal every year is to find exceptional well-deserving students that will make a positive impact on Florida’s tourism industry and this year was no exception with the remarkable talent and credentials of the students selected.”

    As part of the scholarship application, candidates were to demonstrate their desire to pursue a career in hospitality management or related field including (but not limited to) attraction management, tourism marketing, museum studies, hospitality, sports management, entertainment management, event management, zoological/aquaria management, recreation/leisure management. They were also evaluated on their academic performance, personal development, leadership experience, internships and extracurricular activities.


  • April 19, 2022 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    Donate to the Silent Auction

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    The Silent Auction is an exciting part of our Annual Conference every year, and our 2022 Florida Attractions Annual Conference June 12-15 in West Palm Beach will be no exception!


    This fundraiser presented by the Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation allows us to maintain a scholarship fund to support employees of FAA member businesses and their dependents enrolled in a hospitality-related major, as well as provide the educational programs and speakers we offer to our members. Our wide range of items to bid on include resort getaways, one-of-a-kind gift items, attraction experiences, and much more!


    Please make a contribution by Friday, June 3 to our Silent Auction to help support the Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation.

    Remember, the earlier you make your donation, the greater exposure your item will receive on our website. Unique donations draw a lot of attention, so get your items in early!


    Popular donations will include:

    • Unique Items from your attraction’s gift shop
    • Behind-the-scenes encounters at an attraction
    • Sports-related collectibles and tickets
    • Autographed memorabilia and books
    • One-of-a-kind gift items (be creative)
    • Specialty food baskets
    • Signed artwork
    • Golf-related items
    • Themed gift baskets
    • Hotel / resort getaway packages
    • Handcrafted items
    • Consulting services
    • Business services


    You may mail your items or bring your item with you when you come to the Conference. Either way, please fill out a donation form so we can properly plan for your item. This will ensure that we can include your donation & organization name in our program materials, as well as on our event websites.


    Thank you for your support of the Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation!

    Don't forget Early Bird Registration for FAA Members

    ends May 13!

    REGISTER HERE

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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    Interested in joining our outstanding Associate members as a Conference sponsor? Contact Mike Donaldson at Donaldson@FloridaAttractions.org or at (850) 222-2885. 


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