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FNN Good News & Reviews: ICON Park’s Latest Häagen-Dazs® Shop Offers Irresistible City Sweets Collection

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Sofia, the senior staff member at the new Häagen-Dazs® shop at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando, holds a platter of sweet and savory ice cream and sorbet offerings: a bowl of the new black and white cookie, one of the two new options in the City Sweets Collection, the peanut butter pretzel milkshake, the second City Sweets Collection option, as well as a mango sorbet bowl, a strawberry sorbet bowl, and a banana split. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Dining at ICON Park on International Drive has gotten sweeter in the last two months, thanks to the opening of a second Häagen-Dazs® shop, located right under the big wheel, nestled between Gordon Ramsay’s Fish & Chips, the Orlando Sea Aquarium, and Ole Red. It’s so new, it’s not even on Google Maps yet!

Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Thanks to its location in the heart of ICON Park, the still-new shop has enjoyed a positive response from tourists in the area. “It’s been great,” said store manager Art Nitikin of the customer traffic they’ve seen so far. “We opened close to the end of Spring Break [in April], so we caught that crowd, and now with summer coming, we hope to have even more people here.”

An eager customer comes in for a milkshake just minutes after the Häagen-Dazs® shop opens at 12pm. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

An eager customer comes in for a milkshake just minutes after the Häagen-Dazs® shop opens at 12pm. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Haagen-Dazs manager Art Nitikin (center) and the shop staff prep an exquisite banana split for a customer. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Haagen-Dazs manager Art Nitikin (center) and the shop staff prep a banana split for a customer. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

 

The New City Sweets Collection

Well, if Florida’s already 90-plus degree temperatures don’t bring the masses in for the summer, Häagen-Dazs’® latest sweet treats will. Their new City Sweets Collection introduces two fun and insanely flavorful combinations: the black and white cookie dazzler, a treat so packed you’ll likely end up sharing it with someone, and the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake, a cool and addictive take on the tried and true sweet-salty combination.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

In fact, the milkshake’s so yummy, it won Nitikin over. “My favorite flavor was always the cookies and cream, but I really like the chocolate peanut butter pretzel milkshake,” he confessed on the show. “But that’s ’cause I love peanut butter.”

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Mellissa Thomas tries the piled-high black and white cookie dazzler. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Mellissa Thomas tries the piled-high black and white cookie dazzler. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

The black and white cookie dazzler comes packed high in a cup with caramel, cookie chunks, ice cream, whipped cream, and two Lorna Doone shortbread cookies standing in the whipped cream for good measure. The best way to eat it is in a bowl, so that you can see and easily get to all of the layers and ingredients.

 

Non-Dairy? They’ve Got You Covered.

While the new location has 30 ice cream flavors to offer, they also have four exquisite fruit sorbet flavors for non-dairy customers to choose from: lemonade, strawberry, raspberry, and mango.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the strawberry sorbet. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

FNN Good News & Reviews co-host Kathleen Michelle tries the strawberry sorbet. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

The sorbets offer immediate refreshment for heat-worn visitors and excited kids, flooding the tastebuds with frozen fresh fruit puree, not just pounds of fruit-flavored syrup.

The mango sorbet, like its strawberry counterpart, packs on the flavor of true mango puree. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

The mango sorbet, like its strawberry counterpart, packs on the flavor of true mango puree. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

 

Whether you’re a local bringing the kids to ICON Park for fun during summer break or a visitor to beautiful Orlando, stop in to the new Häagen-Dazs® and try their new (or tried and true) treats.

Sofia, the senior staff member at the new Häagen-Dazs® shop at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando, holds a platter of sweet and savory ice cream and sorbet offerings: a bowl of the new black and white cookie, one of the two new options in the City Sweets Collection, the peanut butter pretzel milkshake, the second City Sweets Collection option, as well as a mango sorbet bowl, a strawberry sorbet bowl, and a banana split. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Sofia, the senior staff member at the new Häagen-Dazs® shop at ICON Park on International Drive in Orlando, holds a platter of sweet and savory ice cream and sorbet offerings: a bowl of the new black and white cookie, one of the two new options in the City Sweets Collection, the peanut butter pretzel milkshake, the second City Sweets Collection option, as well as a mango sorbet bowl, a strawberry sorbet bowl, and a banana split. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

We give the new Häagen-Dazs® at ICON Park a 4.5 out of 5 for tastiness, cleanliness, and positive and helpful staff.

Watch the full interview above and new episodes of FNN Good News & Reviews every Thursday at 12pm ET on Facebook and YouTube @FNN News TV.

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

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Tim Giuliani Elected to International Chamber of Commerce General Council

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Orlando, Fla. – Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) President and CEO Tim Giuliani has been elected to the World Chambers Federation (WCF) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) General Council. Representing more than 1,400 chambers from around the world, this year’s Council is comprised of one of the most diverse cadres of chamber leaders in its history, reflecting WCF’s commitment to advancing regional and gender diversity.

“This is much more than simply a professional honor,” said Giuliani. “This recognition further reinforces Orlando’s reputation as a global leader in economic development and highlights how our mission of advancing Broad-based Prosperity® aligns with WCF’s objective to elevate and empower businesses to be leading players in tackling our most pressing issues. I look forward to sharing our region’s best practices and vision for inclusive growth with my fellow members to show how we all can drive an impactful future for communities everywhere.”

ICC is the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries with a mission to enable business to secure peace, prosperity, and opportunity for all and ensure business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, the organization promotes international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Its members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

The Partnership has a long history of supporting the Orlando region’s business community. Through its business development efforts, the Partnership works to market the Orlando region as an ideal location for successful and innovative businesses to scale and success while also growing the diversity of the regional economy by providing complimentary services to expanding businesses to achieve a soft and welcoming landing in the business community. The Partnership’s programs and initiatives support our region’s existing businesses by driving regional investment, catalyzing regional leadership and helping to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

In collaboration with ICC, the WCF provides all the tools to support Chambers and MSMEs, connecting chambers worldwide to develop and reinforce our chamber community. Chamber leaders from local, regional, national and transnational chambers were eligible to run for the General Council, each member serving a three-year term with the opportunity to run twice. The final composition of the Council sees representation from all parts of membership worldwide. It includes nine representatives from the Americas, thirteen from the Africa and Middle East region, nine from Asia-Pacific and twelve from Europe.

“We are proud of the level of enthusiasm and support of our members who showed interest in serving on the ICC WCF General Council,” said WCF Chairman Nicolás Uribe. “We have successfully brought together one of the most diverse and inclusive Councils in our long history, and I look forward to working with all members to strengthen the WCF and the wider chamber community.”

The new members of the WCF Executive Council are as follows:

Mr Tim Giuliani, President and CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership (USA)

Mr Marcelo Elizondo, Director – prosecretary, Argentina Chamber of Commerce and Services (Argentina)

Mr Andrew McKellar, CEO, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Australia)

Mr Olivier Willocx, Chief Executive Officer, Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (Belgium)

Mrs Maria Teresa Bustamante, President, FIESC Foreign Chamber of Commerce (Brazil)

Mrs Min Yu, General Director, ICC China Secretariat, China Chamber of International Commerce (China)

Mrs Rim Siam, President of Economic Business Women Council, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce (Egypt)

Mr Giorgi Pertaia, President, The Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Georgia)

Mr Volker Treier, Chief Executive of Foreign Trade and Member of the Executive Board, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Germany)

Mr Mohammed Khazaee Torshizi, Senior Advisor to President, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines & Agriculture (Iran)

Mr Kazuo Nishitani, Executive Director, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Japan)

Mr Seong Woo Lee, Vice President, Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Korea)

Mr Trajan Angeloski, President, Macedonian Chambers of Commerce (Macedonia)

Mrs Tamader Al Thani, Director of International Relations and Chamber Affairs, Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Qatar)

Mr Mihai Daraban, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (Romania)

Mr José Luis Bonet, President, Spain Chamber of Commerce (Spain)

Mr Vincent Subilia, Director General, Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (Switzerland)

Mr Izzet Volkan, Chairman of the Board, Corlu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)

Mr Gennadiy Chyzhykov, President, The Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Ukraine)

Mrs Shevaun Haviland, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce (United Kingdom)

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Orlando International Airport Pushing 50 Million Passenger Mark, Again

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ORLANDO, FL. – With a strong start to the holiday travel season in November, Orlando International Airport (MCO) came dramatically close to breaking the 50 million passenger barrier, again. Previously, MCO shattered the mark before the pandemic and it was not predicted to fully rebound again until at least 2025.

“We have far exceeded anyone’s expectations for traffic growth at Orlando International Airport,” says Kevin Thibault, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “On a rolling 12-month basis, MCO welcomed 49.7 million passengers as of November. If you break that down even further, it is about two days-worth of traffic shy of 50 million.”

For the month of November, MCO was bolstered once again by robust international traffic, which climbed over 85 percent. Those numbers were also affected by the resumption of service by Sunwing to Toronto. Another key factor, MCO recorded the third-lowest domestic air fares in the country from July through September for the top 50 U.S. airports.

Rolling 12-month Traffic Statistics:

  • International traffic is up by triple digits with a 225 percent increase over the same 12-month period in 2021 with 5,352,825 total international passengers.
  • Domestic traffic climbed 21.04 percent year-over-year to 44,350,955 passengers at MCO.
  • Combined, overall traffic at MCO for the 12-month rolling total was up 29.82 percent to 49,703,780 passengers.

November 2022 Traffic Statistics:

  • International traffic climbed 85.35 percent with a total of 466,169 international arrivals and departures.
  • Domestic passenger traffic was up 3.83 percent on 3,772,635 total travelers for the month.
  • Combined, traffic was up 9.11 percent with a grand total of 4,238,804 arrivals and departures at MCO.

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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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