It’s like squeezing into a too-tight dress when it’s the only one that will work for the event you’re headed to tonight. There’s just too much to cram into one small space and too little time to do anything more about it. That’s how I think of all the information I’m privy to about hotel and destinations promotions, event announcements, software that sweetens success, and people of distinction in the hospitality/meetings & events/entertainment industries. I know you’d like to know what I know, but the collection of knowledge doesn’t fit into the formats of publications and organizations for whom I already write.

Here’s where you come in.

I will give a $25 check to the person who comes up with a title for a new blog I feel compelled to create. Whoever dishes up the best title wins the check. This post will serve as the first taste of the as-yet-unnamed blog. I also want your feedback. Is this assembled info valuable enough for you to read? Please do provide feedback.

Hotels – Promotions & Progress

There’s a revival going on at an historic St. Petersburg, FL hotel known for its cutting-edge 1920’s Mediterranean Revival architecture. The 347-room Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club that overlooks Tampa Bay has added another layer of vibrant colors and design with a new lounge-ish lobby featuring a library, café, resort shop and expanded Promendade bar. Don’t worry history buffs. The original vaulted ceiling and quarry glazed tile floor were carefully preserved even as contemporary works of art were added, such as a custom Renee Dinauer sculpture at the entry and one-of-a-kind Dale Chihuly pieces and painting. The new Promendade Bar offers tasty munchees, from housemade kettle chips with Ybor City Amber Cheddar Dip, fresh jerky, short rib flat bread or Kobe beef burger with housemade pastrami bacon. The indoor/outdoor bar is open seven days a week from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until midnight on weekends. www.vinoyrenaissanceresort.com.

            Oh-so-new and oh-so-beautiful, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek has some spicy offerings for planners. Confirm bookings by mid-December for your groups at the spacious 400-room resort surrounded on three sides by Disney World properties, and planners can select from a choice of incentives, including room rebates and credits for the spa, dining or transportation. Book by mid-November and receive an American Express reward card. For explicit details, infowyndhamgrandorlando@wyndham.com

Innovations that Spur Success

            Travel technology provider Revelex® introduces their solution to piece-by-piece planning that is sure to grab the attention for CVBs, DMCs or planners. The revolutionary booking system that debuted in September bridges the gap between “mom-and-pops” and the larger chains by allowing each to compete within the same space. From wide-ranging lodging selections to car rentals, day trips, group trips can be easily assembled.

For Hospital, Events & Meetings Industry Eyes Only!!

Florida HIA has reincarnated.  The goal is for members to experience and be knowledgeable of what Florida has to offer. An FIA website will contain discounts available to members from participating association partners, from attractions, hotels, restaurants and events across the state. For info, contact Keith Charlton, FloridaHIA@gmail.com or attend a launch party at Howl at the Moon on November 11, beginning at 6 pm. Only open to industry workers. Must rsvp on evite at FloridaHIA on Facebook to attend. One lucky winner will receive a trip to Nassau, Bahamas with roundtrip airfare and a two-night stay. Attendees will also receive a certificate for 50% off a first-year membership for Florida HIA.

Karen Kuzsel is a writer-editor based in the Orlando area who specializes in the hospitality, entertainment, meetings & events industries.  She is a Contributing Editor-Writer for Prevue Magazine and is an active member of ISES and MPI, for which she is on the Membership Advisory Council and the Industry Advisory Council. She writes about food & wine, spas, destinations, venues, meetings & events. A career journalist, Karen has owned magazines, written for newspapers, trade publications, radio and TV. As her alter-ego, Natasha, The Psychic Lady, she is a featured entertainer for corporate and social events. karenkuzsel@earthlink.net; www.ThePsychicLady.com

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