VisitGainesville and the Alachua County Hospitality Council Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week!VisitGainesville and the Alachua County Hospitality Council celebrated the 19th Annual Bed Making Contest, on Monday, May 7th, 2012, in which 12 hotel housekeepers representing six Alachua County lodging properties competed to make the fastest, neatest bed! Hosted by VisitGainesville at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites, the event has become a fun tradition here in Alachua County and a way to recognize and thank the housekeepers for the role they play in our tourism success story.
Congratulations to our winners:
First Place- Velkis Padilla, Hampton Inn 40th Blvd.
Second Place- Danielle Lauks, Best Western Plus Gateway Grand
Third Place- Elizabeth Carranza, Best Western Plus Gateway Grand
Most Spirited Team - Best Western Plus Gateway Grand
And a BIG thank you to all of our participating hotels! We appreciate your continued enthusiasm for this event!
Our celebration continued Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 with our annual Tourism Week Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. VisitGainesville and the Alachua County Hospitality Council recognized two outstanding individuals in the tourism industry for their dedication to customer service:
Megan Eckdahl with the Comfort Inn University
Tom Richards with the Hilton University of Florida
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the luncheon! We are thrilled to have had a record turnout for the event and appreciate all of our wonderful tourism partners.
Looking forward to another successful Tourism Week in 2013!
About the Alachua County Hospitality Council
The Alachua County Hospitality Council is a non-profit organization comprised of local and regional hospitality professionals dedicated to promoting, protecting, preserving, and enhancing those characteristics that make our unique North Central Florida community interesting, memorable, and attractive; benefiting both economic health and quality of life in the community.
Hospitality Council meets the first Wednesday of every month at various locations throughout the county. Contact Susan Perkins, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the meeting notice list and recieve Hospitality Council updates, or feel free to visit the website at Hospitalitycouncil.com.
The current Hospitality Council Board is as follows:
Hospitality Council President
Hospitality Council Vice President
Hospitality Council Treasurer
Hospitality Council Secretary
Hospitality Council Community Liaison