Florida Attractions News

Here you can find the latest stories and announcements from the Florida Attractions Association.

  • December 01, 2023 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let the Bidding Begin!

    Help support your Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation in raising money this holiday season to help provide financial support to post-secondary students studying hospitality-related fields!


    Don't Miss these Great Items Including:


    Group Tickets to Walt Disney World • Dining Experiences •

    Hotel Stays • Florida Panthers Hockey Tickets • Airboat Rides • Attraction Tickets • and much more!



    Bidding will close next FRIDAY, DEC. 8 @ 5pm ET.

    Start Bidding

    If you still need to set up your account to participate and join in on the fun to support your Foundation, please follow these easy steps below.

    Directions on Setting Up Your Account to Bid:


    1. Go to https://www.silentauctionpro.com
    2. Click the Getting Started / Log In button in the upper right corner and then the Click Here to Get Started link.
    3. In the Create an Account form, choose a Username and Password and click the Create Login button.
    4. Complete your user information and click Create Account.
    5. From the Groups drop-down list, select group 1193 and click Submit.


    *If you have participated in our silent auction at the Annual Conference, you already have an account. All you have to do is log in and update the credit card on file.

    In addition to scholarships, FASF provides professional development programs for Florida attractions industry leaders and offers grants to attraction businesses to develop and present internal professional development programming. Our goal is to nurture, prepare and equip the current and future leaders of Florida’s attractions industry.


    Thanks to the generosity of Florida Attractions Association members, as of 2023, the Foundation has awarded a total of $79,950 in scholarships and grants to 83 recipients.


    Scholarships are awarded exclusively to employees of FAA members businesses and their dependents. 

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  • November 16, 2023 10:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bidding Begins Dec. 1 @ 10:00am ET

    Your Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation is raising money this holiday season to help provide financial support to post-secondary students studying in broadly defined hospitality-related fields, and we'll be having our first annual Holiday Silent Auction!


    Auction Items Include:


    Group Tickets to Walt Disney World • Dining Experiences •

    Hotel Stays • Florida Panthers Hockey Tickets • Airboat Rides • Attraction Tickets • and much more!



    Bidding will begin: FRIDAY, DEC. 1 @ 10am ET

    Bidding will close: FRIDAY, DEC. 8 @ 5pm ET

    To get started, you can go ahead and create an account in Silent Auction Pro and then join our group*. Here are the steps:


    1. Go to https://www.silentauctionpro.com
    2. Click the Getting Started / Log In button in the upper right corner and then the Click Here to Get Started link.
    3. In the Create an Account form, choose a Username and Password and click the Create Login button.
    4. Complete your user information and click Create Account.
    5. From the Groups drop-down list, select group 1193 and click Submit.


    *If you have participated in our silent auction at the Annual Conference, you already have an account. All you have to do is log in and update the credit card on file.

    In addition to scholarship, FASF provides professional development programs for Florida attractions industry leaders and offers grants to attraction businesses to develop and present internal professional development programming. Our goal is to nurture, prepare and equip the current and future leaders of Florida’s attractions industry.


    Thanks to the generosity of Florida Attractions Association members, as of 2023, the Foundation has awarded a total of $79,950 in scholarships and grants to 83 recipients.


    Scholarships are awarded exclusively to employees of FAA members businesses and their dependents. 

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  • November 13, 2023 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Attending the 2023 IAAPA Expo? -- Be sure to visit our outstanding Associate Members who are exhibiting:


    accesso..............................................................5131
    Amusement Advantage, Inc....................4219
    Avius...................................................................3400
    Dippin'​ Dots, LLC..........................................3800
    Froggy's Fog...................................................2690
    Give Kids The World Village....................6036
    Hownd...............................................................5426
    McGowan Allied Specialty Insurance...3021
    New Vue Solutions.......................................4445
    RocketRez.........................................................4247
    ROLLER..............................................................3052
    Satisfi Labs.......................................................5635
    Zigong Lantern Group................................684


  • November 09, 2023 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Official Guide to Florida Attractions

    FloridaAttractions.com

    Only Six Featured Attractions - Reserve Your Ad

    We're excited about our first year of the new Official Guide to Florida Attractions at FloridaAttractions.com!


    So far in our first 10 months:


    • 78,461 unique site visits (7,800/month on average / 82% of site traffic is from people accessing on their mobile device.
    • 142,186 page views
    • 60% of visits are from Google ads and paid search (FAA's investment in SEM)
    • FloridaAttractions.com has attracted visitors from every country in the world - except two.


    Moving into 2024, we'll invest even more in search engine marketing.


    Only six Featured Attractions with links to your website are featured on the homepage of FloridaAttractions.com and very limited display ad spots are now available for 2024. Ad space is contracted and invoiced quarterly for only $250/month and available on a first come-first served basis.


    Click below for complete details and to secure your attraction's 2024 ad space now.

    Complete Details

    If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Attractions Association office – (850) 222-2885 or info@FloridaAttractions.org.

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  • November 01, 2023 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join Us for Dinner IAAPA Week!

    The Florida Attractions Association Board of Directors invites our attraction and associate members to a special Florida Attractions Networking Dinner 

    during the week of the 2023 IAAPA Expo in Orlando.


    Wednesday, November 15, 2023

    6:30 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner

    BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

    8761 Vineland Avenue

    Orlando, FL 32821


    The Dinner will be a buffet and the cost is $50 per person.

    Details and Registration

    Deadline to register is Friday, November 10 (by 5:00pm)

    or until space is filled. 

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  • October 12, 2023 8:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    October 23 - November 3, 2023

    Join your fellow FAA Attraction members and be a part of Florida Attractions District Days! It’s easy and the resources you need to plan and execute a successful visit from your county’s Legislative Delegation are online and available for you to access now.

     

    Florida Attractions District Days Resources include:

     

    • A database of your county legislative delegation with contact information for elected officials and key staff members
    • Suggested topics to cover with your Legislator
    • Guide to Best practices for hosting your Legislator
    • Sample Invitation
    • Sample Press release
    • Florida Attractions District Days logos
    • FAQs to answers common questions regarding legislative visits
    • Florida Attractions Day social media tips  (Compliments of NetWeave Social Networking)
    • A database of the social media tags/handles of Florida Legislators

     

    To participate in this advocacy event, please complete this brief form and you’ll receive more details and we’ll begin to schedule visits based on your Legislator’s availability and schedule.

     

    Please register no later than Friday, October 20, 2023.

    If you have any questions, please contact the FAA office (850) 222-2885 or info@FloridaAttractions.org  

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  • October 06, 2023 8:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The FAA is excited to offer four webinars this Fall for you and your teams. Please make plans to join us for any or all of the following presentations that cover topics including your FAA member benefits, Attraction Industry Advocacy, A.I. and serving guests with disabilities. Registration for all webinars is now open, and the first webinar kicks off next Thursday, October 12:

     
  • October 02, 2023 3:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Your FAA is Celebrating 75 Years at the

    Florida Attractions 2024 Annual Conference...

    This will be the 75th time attractions industry professionals convene for the Florida Tourism industry’s premier, must-do, event of the year! Actionable and relevant - dozens of speakers, sessions, topics and trends to refresh and refocus your business. 


    What You Can Expect...

     30+ Hours of Content  3 Days of Networking  World-class Speakers  Engaging Educational Sessions  Industry Exhibitors  

    6 Meals + 2 Receptions

    ...Make Plans to be there June 9-12! Registration will open Spring 2024.

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  • September 26, 2023 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    J-1 BridgeUSA Program At Risk!

    Tell Your Members of Congress to VOTE NO on Amendment #133

    As you know, IAAPA continues to support the State Department’s public diplomacy efforts through the J-1 BridgeUSA program (formerly Summer Work Travel Program). In addition to fostering valuable cultural exchange opportunities for international university students, this program provides IAAPA members a critical seasonal workforce option.


    Last Friday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) filed an amendment (Amendment #133) to the FY2024 State Department funding bill that would eliminate all funding for Education and Cultural Exchange programs, which includes the J-1 BridgeUSA program.


    If the J-1 program is important to your organization, please contact your members of Congress now using the link below and urge them to oppose Amendment #133. The bill will likely be voted on Thursday, September 28, so it is critical that you reach out to your members of Congress now!


    We encourage you to forward this campaign to your colleagues, partners, and fellow exchange supporters. 

    Contact Your Members of Congress Here
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  • September 14, 2023 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Attractions Association Members Honored with 2023 Flagler Awards

    At last week’s Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism (#GC23) presented by VISIT FLORIDA, tourism entities were honored for their distinctive and passionate marketing of their respective attractions and destinations.

    Congratulations to our FAA members who were recognized for their ardent marketing flair and thanks to all Florida’s marketing professionals who keep the visitors coming to enjoy our state’s coveted, world-class attractions and destinations.


    Best of Show 


    Annual marketing budget less than $500,000: Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures for “VR Takes Boggy Creek to Travel Partners Worldwide.”


    Annual marketing budget greater than $2 million: Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Amelia Island Weather Trigger.


    Creativity in Public Relations


    Henry: The Cultural Council for Palm Beach County and Discover The Palm Beaches for the “Palm Beaches in Bloom” New York Media Event


    Print Advertising


    Silver: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau for “Formula One”


    Bronze: The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for “It’s an Island thing”

    Direct Marketing


    Henry: Fort Myers – Islands, Beaches and Neighborhoods for “Hearts and Engagements Soar with Lee County” Direct Mail Piece


    Bronze: Visit Sarasota County for the “Sarasota: The Only Place to Pull Ahead” Carousel Card

    Tourism Advocacy


    Henry: Visit Tampa Bay for “Measure the Treasure in Tampa Bay”

    Social Media Marketing


    Henry: The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for their Social Media Travel Guides

    Out-of-Home


    Silver: The Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium for the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Times Square Billboard


    Radio Advertising


    Bronze: The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for Amelia Island Podcast Advertising

    Television Advertising


    Bronze: Experience Kissimmee for their Shoulder Season Campaign

    Mobile Marketing


    Henry: The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Amelia Island Weather Trigger


    Silver: Visit Tampa Bay for the Tampa Riverwalk Attraction Pass



    Resource/Promotional Material-Consumer


    Henry: Visit Tampa Bay for the Visit Tampa Gay Guide


    Resource/Promotional Material-Trade


    Bronze: Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures for “VR Takes Boggy Creek to Travel Partners Worldwide”


    Sustainable Tourism Marketing


    Bronze: The Alligator & Wildlife Discovery Center for “Help us do our small part”

    Mixed Media Campaign


    Silver: Discover The Palm Beaches for “The Golden Age of Travel” Mixed Media Campaign


    Bronze: ZooTampa at Lowry Park for ZOO Tampa’s Creatures of the Night Campaign

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