SKAL INTERNATIONAL FT. LAUDERDALE PALM BEACHES
MEMBER OF SKAL INTERNATIONAL
Professionals in Tourism
February 21, 2017
Well, if you missed this months dinner you missed a good one.
The team at the West Palm Beach Marriott again went above and
beyond with service and a very creative menu. It is no wonder
that the membership voted the Marriott West Palm Beach as the
Venue of the Year for 2016. Shelly Pappas the Marriott's General
Manager shared with us some of the remodeling that has and will be
taking place since we last visited the property. If you haven't
seen the new lobby you really have to go check it out.
Jorge Pesquera was unable to be with us as he joined several other DMO
Presidents from around the State of Florida in Tallahassee attending a
meeting and creating a groundswell of support to save Visit Florida.
As most of you probably know there is a bill being presented to, if not
eliminate Visit Florida funding, to reduce it from $78M to $25M an approximately
67% reduction. This would be devastating to the tourism industry and the
1.2M families that are employed in Florida's largest industry. There is a
grassroots effort within the industry to write, email and/or call your state
legislators to let them know that we, as their constituents, are against this
bill and that tourism marketing is vital to the continued growth of tourism in
Florida. There will be more information forthcoming on how we can all participate
individually in saving Visit Florida before the legislature convenes on March 7th.
We did have a great presentation from Don Kolodz, Discover Palm Beaches SVP,
Operations, IT & Strategic Partnerships. Don shared with us some impressive
tourism stats on Palm Beach County and great insight into the marketing strategies
including social media and online marketing that Discover the Palm Beaches is
undertaking. Don is also a past member of the Chicago Skal Club.
The membership voted on the proposed slate of Officers and Directors for 2017
and it was approved unanimously. Congratulations and thank you to the 2017 Board of
Directors. So, what's coming up in the future for our club? Next month's dinner
meeting will be held on Wednesday February 15th in conjunction with the Seatrade
Cruise Convention at the Hyatt Place Hotel and Mezzaluna Restaurant in Ft Lauderdale.
We have invited Skalleagues from around the world who are attending the cruise convention
to join us at the dinner.
The Installation of Officers dinner will be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Deerfield Beach
on April 18th and we will again have Skal USA President Holly Powers joining us. We are
also in the midst of planning an event to celebrate our club's 40th Anniversary in June
and we will have the privilege of having David Fisher the President of Skal International
in attendance. The date will be announced once his itinerary if finalized. His visit to
our club will be one of only three stops he is making in all of North America and we are
the only Skal Club in the United States he is visiting. Much more information coming shortly.
Best wishes to our members celebrating birthdays this month:
|Wayne Lampert|| ||February 4|
|Carlos Banks|| ||February 11|
|Irina Montoya|| ||February 16|
|Sheila Schwartz|| ||February 21|
|Cecilia Hudnet|| ||February 28|
Thank you all for your continued interest and participation in the Club and I look forward to
seeing you all next month at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.
Remember to log onto our Club's website http://www.skal-ftlauderdale-palmbeaches.org
to get more information on our club,
event pictures and the upcoming Skål Monthly Reception and Dinner Meetings.
For all of you that are on the road, safe Journeys and may all your travels be an adventure.
Skål International Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches