15th Annual Florida HTMP Competition

The 15th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.

Congratulations to the following schools who have earned a spot in the 2018 HTMP Competition:

BARBARA GOLEMAN SENIOR HIGH, Laura Diaz-Rodriguez, Instructor

COLONIAL HIGH SCHOOL, Richard Grace, Instructor

FOREST HILL HIGH SCHOOL, Diana Sardina, Instructor

GAINESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, Dawn Bekaert, Instructor

MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH, Patricia Gregory, Instructor

MIAMI SUNSET SENIOR HIGH, Milagros Perez, Instructor

OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, Vanessa Zameza, Instructor


ORANGE TECH COLLEGE–MID FL, Kimaris Hickey, Instructor

OSCEOLA HIGH SCHOOL, Valerie Woodring, Instructor

SOUTH BROWARD HIGH SCHOOL, Vicky Edgcomb, Instructor

WINTER PARK HIGH SCHOOL, Meg Pietkiewicz, Instructor

Mini Grants Awards

Thank you to all those that applied for the 2017 FRLAEF Mini Grant. Laura Rumer sent you an award email mid-October. If you completed an application but did not receive an award email, please CONTACT US.

Most HTMP schools requested shirts/polos for their mini grant awards.  When designing your shirt/polo, please keep in mind the FRLAEF will not pay for shirts/polos with AOHT or DECA logos on them.  All Mini Grant invoices, orders and receipts are due to the FRLAEF no later than December 8, 2017.

Virtual Business–Hotel

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute teamed up with Knowledge Matters to offer a virtual hotel you can use in your classroom.

Students who complete the Hotel Online simulator receive an exemption from the 100-hour internship component of the industry-recognized Certification in Hospitality Tourism and Management.  Students must still pass both the HTMP Year 1 and Year 2 exams in order to earn the certification.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Virtual Hotel including lesson plans and pricing.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTMP instructors to work in a lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600 from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTMP curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must also be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees. Registration will begin in December 2017.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2017-2018 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in December 2017.