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Dezerland Action Park offers free entry to kids in costume to Orlando Auto Museum

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Every Batman needs a Batmobile. And what’s “the gang” without The Mystery Machine?
For the month of October, Dezerland Action Park Orlando is offering kids in costume free entry to the Orlando Auto Museum. Kids will have an opportunity to take photos with iconic vehicles made famous in their favorite movies.
To receive free admission, each child must be accompanied by a paid adult. Accompanying adults to receive a 50% discount on tickets.
Orlando Auto Museum is home to over 2,000 vehicles, making it the state’s largest auto museum. In the museum guests will find fun character cars for the ultimate Halloween photo opportunities such as the Ghostbusters Ecto-1, the Munsters Koach, The Dragula and more.
“Do you have a Spider Man running around at home? Only at Orlando Auto Museum can they come see the actual van from the Spider Man 2 movie,” said John Goodman, vice president of sales and marketing at Dezerland Action Park Orlando. “We wanted to provide kids another opportunity to have some fun in their costume and get into the Halloween spirit.”
After photos have been taken, guests can enjoy a variety of foods from Dezerland’s food hall that include some scary good specialty menu items. Visitors can sink their teeth into a delicious Vampire Burger and complete their meal with a Worm Slushie or Jack-o-lantern Cookie.
With over 850,000 square-feet of entertainment space, Dezerland Action Park Orlando is filled with excitement for you to uncover. The park features countless attractions including the 007 Bar (adjacent to the world’s largest collection of James Bond vehicles and memorabilia), indoor go-karting, bowling, a trampoline park, axe throwing, arcade games and 4D motion simulators. Admission and parking are always free.
To learn more, visit https://dezerlandpark.com.

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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Announces 2023 Board of Directors Executive Committee

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FRLA's 2023 Board Chair John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bars, Bradenton and Cafe L'Europe, Sarasota. Photo: FRLA.

TALLAHASSEE (FNN) – Today, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) announced the installation of its 2023 Board of Directors Executive Committee, which includes veteran industry leaders with nearly 230 years of combined experience in hospitality. As Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality trade association, FRLA has provided unmatched service to the industry and its members for more than 75 years. The mission of FRLA is to protect, educate, and promote Florida’s hospitality industry – a nearly $112 billion industry with more than one million employees.

 

FRLA’s 2023 Board of Directors Executive Committee is comprised of the following:

Chair: John Horne, Owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bars, Bradenton region, and Café L’Europe, Sarasota

Vice Chair: Roger Amidon, General Manager for Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

Secretary/Treasurer and Restaurant Director: Nick Sarra, Chief Operating Officer, Saltwater Restaurants, Inc., Destin

Lodging Director: Barbara Bowden, Area Managing Director for Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando

Restaurant Director: Henry Delgado, Managing Partner, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Miami Beach

Lodging Director: Lisa Lombardo, Chief Culture and Strategy Officer, HDG Hotels, Ocala

Immediate Past Chair: Olivia Hoblit, Regional Manager for Innisfree Hotels, Amelia Island

“The 2023 FRLA Board of Directors Executive Committee is one of our strongest ever,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). “With more than two centuries’ worth of combined experience, we value the wisdom and guidance of these industry icons as we work to build on our industry’s incredible growth this year. In the face of uncertain economic times, historic food prices, and labor challenges, we need dedicated and passionate industry leaders who are innovative thinkers to get engaged. John Horne is a true visionary with such a warm and big personality who thrives in this wonderful ‘people business’ we all love, and we are thrilled to have him as our new Chair.”

“It’s an incredible honor to lead the FRLA Board of Directors, and I am looking forward to an outstanding year,” said John Horne, Board Chair for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA). “Hospitality is the greatest industry in Florida, and it is our collective priority to keep it that way through our statewide and federal advocacy, as well as our commitment to make a difference in our local communities. We’re in the business of helping our guests have memorable experiences and ensuring that Florida remains the greatest place to live, work, and have FUN!”

 

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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens adds New Year’s Eve celebration

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When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with entry times at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022
Where: Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens | 3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771
What: Families in Central Florida can send 2022 out on a WILD note at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
The Zoo has added a night at its popular Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild, presented by Publix—New Year’s Eve. Families can stroll through dozens of larger-than-life, handcrafted lanterns around the Zoo, plus enjoy a DJ and an hourly countdown and celebration.
The perfect way to start off a date night or celebrate with the family and get the kids home at a reasonable time. The family-friendly fun lasts from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with two entry times at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Select tickets are available here, and more information is available at https://www.centralfloridazoo.org/lanterns/.
The Asian Lantern Festival runs on select nights through January 15.

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PHOTOS: The Complete List of Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2022 Hospitality Gala Winners

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The winners of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA)'s 2022 Hospitality Awards (l-r): Lou Rocco, ; Ray Garro, Global Engineering/ Resort Operations at Marriott Vacations Worldwide; Jason Siegel, President & CEO, Greater Orlando Sports Commission; and Jesse Martinez, General Manager, The Alfond Inn at Rollins. Photo: Photo: Hidekel Griffin/FNN News en Español.
The winners of the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA)'s 2022 Hospitality Awards (l-r): Lou Rocco, ; Ray Garro, Global Engineering/ Resort Operations at Marriott Vacations Worldwide; Jason Siegel, President & CEO, Greater Orlando Sports Commission; and Jesse Martinez, General Manager, The Alfond Inn at Rollins. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/FNN News en Español.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association recognized leaders in the hotel and hospitality industry during its annual Hospitality Awards gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday.

The event not only honored industry leaders, but also provided legislative updates, including $50 million in the state budget to ensure Visit Florida and Enterprise Florida continue running until 2028, which was co-sponsored by former State Representative Daisy Morales, who was present Saturday.

The 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Award Winners

2022 Lodging Member of the Year
Jesse Martinez
General Manager, The Alfond Inn at Rollins

Jesse Martinez, General Manager of The Alfond Inn at Rollins received the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association's 2022 Lodging Member of the Year award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News.

Jesse Martinez, General Manager of The Alfond Inn at Rollins received the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association’s 2022 Lodging Member of the Year award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News.

2022 Engineer of the Year
Ryan Garro
Global Engineering/Resort Operations, Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Ryan Garro, who works in Global Engineering/Resort Operations for Marriott Vacations Worldwide, wins CFHLA's 2022 Engineer of the Year award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News

Ryan Garro, who works in Global Engineering/Resort Operations for Marriott Vacations Worldwide, wins CFHLA’s 2022 Engineer of the Year award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News

2022 PAC Member of the Year
Erin Sims, CEO of Landform of Central Florida, Inc.

FILE - Erin Sims receives her award during the CFHLA Hospitality Gala at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Saturday, December 18, 2021. Photo courtesy of the CFHLA.

FILE – Erin Sims receives her award during the CFHLA Hospitality Gala at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Saturday, December 18, 2021. Photo courtesy of the CFHLA.

2022 Allied Member of the Year
Lou Rocco, President & CEO, Global Sourcing International, LLC

Lou Rocco, President & CEO of Global Sourcing International, LLC wins CFHLA's 2022 Allied Member of the Year award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News.

Lou Rocco, President & CEO of Global Sourcing International, LLC
wins CFHLA’s 2022 Allied Member of the Year award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News.

2022 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award
Jason Siegel, President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Orlando Sports Commission

Jason Siegel, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, wins CFHLA's 2022 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News.

Jason Siegel, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, wins CFHLA’s 2022 Charles Andrews Memorial Hospitality Award during the 2022 CFHLA Hospitality Gala at Disney Coronado Springs Resort Saturday, December 17, 2022. Photo: J. Willie David, III/Florida National News.

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Mellissa Thomas is Editor for Florida National News. | mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com

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