Florida Huddle – The Official Travel Trade Show For Florida

Florida Huddle, the Official Travel Trade Show for Florida, is the premier appointment-based trade show that showcases all the Sunshine State offers for international and domestic tour operators and wholesalers. 

This past month, Visit Pensacola saw a record number of international appointments at Florida Huddle. Appointments for the show were made up of a variety of international organizations looking to promote Florida to travelers around the world.

Dayuse.com, TheGuestBook.com, Ameritours International (ATI), American & Canada As You Like It, Allied-T- Pro, Travel Trend, Trailfinders, HotelBeds, GetaRoom, Trip Advisor Experiences and British Airways Holidays, were the top ranked appointments for Pensacola based on their booking results and potential value to destination partners (evaluation by the VP Sales and Service team).

January Hospitality Round Table Brings New Opportunity

Dayuse.com representative Felicia Gray-Speaks spoke at January’s HRT. Dayuse.com reported $46 million in revenue for its partners in 2018. Day use lodging trends are on the rise for business professionals, day-cationers and transients. To learn more, contact Lori Coppels at lcoppels@visitpensacola.com.

HRT Meeting

Visit Pensacola would like to thank outgoing Hospitality Round Committee Chair Robbie Shrock for all of her hard work and dedication to the organization over the past two years. Additionally, we would like to introduce Marty Stanovich as this year’s chair.

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Studer Community Institute Building Now Accepting Bookings

This month the Visit Pensacola staff had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated Studer Community Institute Building. Formerly the SunTrust Bank Building, the event space will be open to the public in April and has the capacity for 200-300 people with additional space available for up to approximately 100 people. They are currently booking meeting space with no fee during business hours. Please contact Nicole Webb at nwebb@studeri.org for more information.

Introducing The New HRT Chair, Marty Stanovich

A charter member of the group that organized The First Tee of Northwest Florida in 2003, Marty Stanovich returned to the Chapter in November of 2009 and went from being an Honorary Board Member to the organization’s President & CEO.  In 2015, he led the organizations initiative to Purchase the historic 1958 “Goofy Golf” facility in Warrington, overseeing its renovation and transformation into the organizations Home Office and Golf and Life Skills Training Facility. A native Pensacolian and graduate with honors of Escambia High School, Marty returned to the Pensacola Area in 1995 after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees cum laude from The Florida State University.  In the 20 years since he has served on numerous boards in Northwest Florida, highlighted by two years as President of Pensacola Sports—and four years as chairman of Hospitality Roundtable (2002-2005). In that role he initiated the role that HRT plays every year in raising support for area charities.  For more than a decade, he taught History and Humanities at Pensacola State College, leaving that career to pursue opportunities in talk radio—a path that would see him host political, golf and sports-talk shows on affiliates of CBS, Fox, ESPN and Sporting News Radio.  An Associate Member of the PGA of America, he enjoys golf, traveling, non-fiction reading and spending time with his wife and best friend, Sheryl--and their two rescue dogs, Gracie and Sweet Pea.

Visit Pensacola Certified Ambassador Program in the Works

The first draft pilot for the Visit Pensacola Certified Ambassador Program was presented by UWF’s Global Hospitality team this week. The program has made some substantial gains in recent months and we are looking forward to incorporating the feedback from former Visit Pensacola Chairman John Panko, current Chairman, Rob Overton, and the Visit Pensacola team, into the program edits. The next pilot will be announced in the following weeks with an anticipated full program launch in Summer 2019.

Mark Your Calendars for the Visit Pensacola Snowbird Roost 2019

Snowbird Roost 2019 will be held at Skopelos at New World on Thursday, Feb. 14. This joint event with the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce and Visit Pensacola continues its popularity with record selling tickets. At a month until the event date, we’re just shy of being sold out for the third year in a row. Visit Pensacola joined the Perdido Key Chamber three years ago to revamp the event, which also competes with additional Snowbird events throughout the area. The event includes a three-course plated lunch, lively entertainment, local artist and multiple vendor showcases from Perdido Key and Pensacola businesses and attractions. This year the event will also include a Local Marketplace where guests can purchase locally made items.  Sponsor and vendor opportunities are still available; contact kman@visitpensacola.com or 850-434-1234 for details.

RCMA – Where Faith Meets

The Religious Conference Management Association (RCMA) is a professional, nonprofit, multifaith organization consisting of individuals who are responsible for planning and/or managing meetings, tutorials, conferences, conventions, and assemblies for their religious organizations.

At the end of January, the Visit Pensacola Sales team will travel to North Carolina for RCMA’s faith-based travel trade show with representatives from the Holiday Inn Resort and Adventures unlimited.

Due to Pensacola’s limited meeting space, faith-based meeting planners are an emerging market for the Visit Pensacola staff to target. These groups are open to using alternative meeting spaces such as churches and other religious facilities instead of strict hotel meeting space.

Welcome New Partners

 

Visit Pensacola is excited to welcome the following partners. For information on partnership benefits and packages, please contact Partnership Relations Manager Kaya Man at kman@visitpensacola.com

 

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