Florida Attractions News

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

  • June 06, 2023 5:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    2023 Scholarship Recipients

    The Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation (FASF) Board of Directors have selected five Florida-based students as recipients of the 2023 Scholarship. Daniela Botero, Ann Marie Casado, Sophie Duguid, Caleb Jessee and Frank Verney 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 2023 Annual Conference on Monday, June 12 at the Luminary Hotel in Fort Myers.

    Daniela Botero is currently working at Universal Orlando Resort as an Event Guide while pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality and Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. Daniela’s career goal is to create new themed experiences using technology to make them more inclusive by different languages or add larger ride restraints. She has a sincere love for theme parks and aims to inspire others in the way she was inspired to enhance the guest experience.

    Ann Marie Casado is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. She currently works at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Orlando Resort’s Volcano Bay as an Attractions Attendant. Event planning has always been Ann Marie’s passion, and is confident that a degree from the number one hospitality school in the world will prepare her for the challenges she may face in the industry.

    Sophie Duguid is earning her degree in Hospitality Management form the university of Central Florida on the Theme Park Track. She has worked several positions at Busch Gardens Tampa including Ride Operator, Trainer, Photographer and Supervisor. Her goal is to become a leader in the theme park industry and ignite the same passion that she has in others. Upon competition of her degree, she would like to continue a leadership role at Busch Gardens.

    Caleb Jessee is a member of the team at Universal Orlando Resort where he serves as an Admissions Inventory and Project intern while working on his degree in Hospitality Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida. He is expected to graduate at the end of this year, and when Epic Universe opens up in 2025, he intends to be a part of that park’s opening team as a lead or supervisor in any department.

    Frank Verney is an experienced attraction professional serving as Assistant Park Manager at Lion Country Safari. He has worked for Lion Country Safari for more than 10 years and is pursuing a professional development opportunity to grow into a leadership role at his attraction. Frank works to make sure the staff has service training as well as everything they need to enhance the guest experience.

    Created in 2013, FASF has awarded scholarships to students pursuing degrees in hospitality-related fields to secure the future of the workforce. Since its inception, the FASF has granted nearly $80,000 in scholarships. 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.


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  • April 21, 2023 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In case you missed it -- On April 20, FAA Chairman of the Board John Dent, Director of Worldwide Safety Assurance Walt Disney World, and your FAA Staff provided an overview of your FAA Member Benefits. Whether you are a newer member or just need a refresher on the great benefits available to you as a member of the Florida Attractions Association, you can access the full recordings of the webinars below:


    Attraction Members

    Associate Members

  • April 11, 2023 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    New Member Orientation Webinar

    Thursday, April 20

    Join FAA Chairman of the Board John Dent, Director of Worldwide Safety Assurance Walt Disney World, and your FAA Staff for an overview of your Member Benefits. Whether you are a newer member or just need a refresher on the great benefits available to you as a member of the Florida Attractions Association, please join us!


    We will demonstrate the online resources available to you on your FloridaAttractions.Org member website, as well as provide an overview of your member benefits.


    Attraction Members | 2:00pm EDT

    Associate Members | 3:00pm EDT

    RSVP HERE

    Information to join the webinar is provided in your confirmation when you submit your RSVP.

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  • April 06, 2023 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Message from FAA Chairman John Dent

    Registration and Hotel Reservations

    Open April 18!

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  • March 23, 2023 4:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FloridaAttractions.com - UPDATE

    Only Six Featured Attractions - Reserve Your Ad

    Since launching on January 1, 2023, nearly 20,000 potential Florida travelers from 142 countries have visited FloridaAttractions.com. The FAA continues to invest in marketing our member attractions on the site through an aggressive SEM campaign that is reaching consumers and showcasing the best family attractions Florida has to offer!


    Based on the results of the campaign so far, beginning April 1, we will discontinue our geotargeted advertising and instead deliver very limited display ads for Featured Attractions to every visitor to the website. Only six Featured Attractions with links to the attraction’s website will be featured on the homepage of FloridaAttractions.com.


    Featured Attraction display ads are now available for only $250/month (billed quarterly) and are available on a first come-first served basis for the 3 quarters remaining in 2023.


    ACT NOW - Ads for Quarter 2 will be displayed starting April 1.


    Revenue generated from these display ads helps offset the costs of search engine marketing of the site.


    Click below for complete details including ad specs and suggestions to maximize ad performance.

    Complete Details

    If you have any questions about the new website and the ad sales process, please contact the Florida Attractions Association office – (850) 222-2885 or info@FloridaAttractions.org.

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  • February 06, 2023 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Florida Tourism Day 2023

    Hi Florida Attractions,


    The Florida Attractions Association is proud to host the 2023 Florida Tourism Day, in partnership with Destinations FloridaFlorida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, and the Florida Association of Museums

     

    Registration for Florida Tourism Day is now open! Join tourism industry professionals, colleagues, and friends in Tallahassee on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 for this fantastic event. Florida's tourism industry drives our state’s economy, and your presence here in Tallahassee demonstrates the power and influence of our industry. You will be hearing from legislative leaders and meeting with policymakers to educate them about the issues that impact your business.

     

    Please follow the link HERE to register

     

     

    Schedule of Events:

     

    Liberty Partners of Tallahassee Office

    8:00 am – 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast

    8:30 am – 10:00 am: Florida Attractions Industry Briefing

     

     Florida State Augustus B. Turnbull Conference Center

    10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Florida Tourism Day Rally and Briefing 

    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Networking Lunch

     

    Florida State Capitol

    1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Legislative Appointments at the Capitol

     

    Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association Headquarters

    5:00 pm - 8:00pm: Florida Tourism Day Reception



    Thank you,


    Bill

    Bill Lupfer

    President/CEO

    Florida Attractions Association

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  • February 01, 2023 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    Now Accepting Applications for the 2023 Scholarship and Professional Development Grant

    ---For FAA Member Employees and Their Dependents---

    Florida Attractions Scholarship Program

    Scholarships awarded by the Florida Attractions Scholarship Foundation are exclusively for FAA member business employees and their immediate family members. Eligible recipients must be enrolled full-time at a post-secondary institution in Florida in Hospitality Management or other related field.

    For full criteria and to apply for consideration, visit:

    FASFApply.org

    You can also print this 8.5 x 11 flyer to display for your employees at your business!

     

    Thanks to the ongoing generosity of Florida Attractions Association members, this year, the Foundation and its Board of Directors will be awarding several $2,000 scholarships. Recipients will also be invited to attend a Florida Attractions Association Annual Conference.

    ---For FAA Member Businesses---

    Professional Development and Employee Advancement Grant Program

    This new program has been developed to provide FAA member businesses (Attractions & Associate Members) financial support to develop new and build capacity for existing professional development and leadership programs. Along with the FASF scholarship program, this grant program will promote the Foundation’s mission to develop the Florida attraction industry’s workforce and prepare for the future challenges. 


    This year, Grants are limited to $2500 maximum. Grant awards will be announced at the 2023 FAA Annual Conference.


    Qualifying programs can include – individual or group programs for professional development, specific skills training, job-specific certifications, leadership development, and industry conferences. Qualifying Programs MUST provide an educational component that is relevant to the attractions industry and improve employee proficiencies and, ultimately, the guest experience.


    Apply for the Grant

    Deadline for submissions to both the Scholarship and Grant Programs is February 28, 2023, 11:59pm EST.

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  • January 06, 2023 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

    The popular Attraction Regional Forums return in-person February 2023 in St. Augustine, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers! Forum attendees include attraction industry leaders from each region, industry suppliers and DMOs.


    NEW for 2023 FAA Associate Members are welcome to join the conversation and participate in the Attraction Regional Forums!

    St. Augustine

    Tuesday, February 7

    Ponce de Leon's 

    Fountain of Youth

    Orlando

    Wednesday, February 8

    Brother Jimmy's BBQ 

    at ICON Park

    Fort Lauderdale

    Thursday, February 9

    Flamingo Gardens

    Fort Myers

    Friday, February 10

    Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

    DETAILS and REGISTRATION

    Attraction Regional Forums are the ideal meeting to kick-start the new year and prepare for the dynamic changes that lie ahead. Attraction industry leaders, Associate members (suppliers) and DMOs come together to share perspectives on timely topics related to the market, trends, technology, guest experience/expectations, attraction operations, and issues impacting their business.

     

    The Forums are packed with actionable content that will help your business thrive. Led by FAA Chairman John Dent (Walt Disney World), John is joined by Chair-Elect Cindy Stavely (St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum), immediate Past Chair Jennifer Berthiaume, your FAA Staff, and other industry thought leaders. Most important, the collective wisdom and experiences of our FAA Members will provide fresh perspectives on your path to success.

    Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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  • December 14, 2022 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Official Guide to Florida Attractions

    Limited Geo-targeted Display Ads Now Available

    Secure your display ad now on the Florida Attractions Association’s all-new, digital Official Guide to Florida Attractions! Our new website launches January 1, 2023.


    Ads start at only $153/quarter. 

    Complete Details

    If you have any questions about the new website and the ad sales process, please contact the Florida Attractions Association office – (850) 222-2885 or info@FloridaAttractions.org.

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  • December 07, 2022 5:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2023 Annual Conference

    Hi Florida Attractions,


    With tremendous enthusiasm and acknowledged anticipation, I am delighted to announce that the Florida Attractions Association will return to the spectacular Luminary Hotel in Fort Myers for our 2023 Annual Conference, June 11-14. Following the devastating impact Hurricane Ian had on the southwest Florida region, we’re returning to show our unified support of the community, our tourism colleagues and our affected FAA members. The conference committee and I thought it opportune to reflect the connection and investment our members provide and help establish that this area is indeed Florida strong and eager to welcome back visitation. In addition to three days of actionable educational sessions and networking, we plan to include a community service component as a part of the conference schedule.

    The Luminary Hotel is one of the top-rated host hotels in post-conference surveys. If you’ve never attended an FAA Annual Conference, now’s your opportunity to participate in Florida attractions premier event.  FAA members consistently rate the Annual Conference as the most valuable conference they attend each year.


    Please save the date – June 11-14, 2023 – and standby for more details as Florida’s Finest Family Attractions and Industry Suppliers meet to learn, share and grow together. I know you are as excited as I am to bring our energy and commitment to Fort Myers and celebrate our future once again. I can’t wait to see you there.


    Sincerely,

    John Dent

    Chairman, Florida Attractions Association

    Director, Walt Disney World 

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