FRLA Honors Hometown Heroes

[Tallahassee, Fla] On the eve of Florida Tourism Day 2019, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) partnered with the Asian-American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) to honor Hometown Heroes. Held at Bricks & Brass, this event honored the first responders who went above and beyond the call of duty in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Read More

2019 Florida ProStart Competition Sees Hundreds of High School Students Compete

[Orlando, Fla] On March 1 and 2, 413 culinary students representing 57 Florida high schools gathered at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando to compete in the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Educational Foundation’s (FRLAEF) 19th Annual ProStart Teams Competitions. Over the course of the weekend, students competed in the Johnson & Wales Culinary Competition, Read More

Gov. DeSantis Budgets $76 Million for VISIT FLORIDA

[Tallahassee, Fla.] Today, Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled his budget, The Bold Vision for a Brighter Future, recommending $76 million for VISIT FLORIDA. This amount keeps the funding at its current level and underscores the importance of the tourism industry to our state’s economy. VISIT FLORIDA serves as the official tourism marketing organization for the state Read More

Hospitality Heroes Honored in Northwest Florida

[Destin, Fla] On Jan. 31, the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) partnered with Visit South Walton and the Emerald Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) to recognize the men and women who have had a positive impact on the area’s tourism. Nearly 300 people gathered at The Henderson Beach Read More

Southwest Florida Water Management District WISE Program

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has launched a new grant program for non-residential users in the district. The Water Incentives Supporting Efficiency (WISE) program can reimburse up to 50 percent of costs associated with water conservation projects and can save businesses up to $20,000. The grant is open to all water users whether Read More