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Ponce de Leon Hotel opened in 1888 with first-night guests Vanderbilt and Rockefeller

Hotel History: St. Augustine in Florida Ponce de Leon Hotel opened in 1888 with first-night guests Vanderbilt and Rockefeller

Stanley Turkel, CMHS, ISHC

The Ponce de Leon Hotel was built by millionaire Henry Morrison Flagler, Standard Oil co-founder (with John D. Rockefeller) and opened in 1888.

NTA Travel Exchange generates 114 million reasons for members to smile

Travel show in Florida NTA Travel Exchange generates 114 million reasons for members to smile

LEXINGTON, Kentucky - Travel Exchange 2013 generated 114 million reasons for NTA members to smile, association leaders announced today.

Florida overturns International Driving Permit requirement for UK travelers

Florida Tourism Florida overturns International Driving Permit requirement for UK travelers

LONDON, England - A new law in Florida which banned UK travelers from driving a car in the State unless they held an International Driving Permit (IDP) has been overturned.

Celebrating 500th anniversary of Florida's discovery by European explorers

Viva Florida 500 Celebrating 500th anniversary of Florida's discovery by European explorers

From plastic flamingos to freshly squeezed orange juice to consistent balmy temps, Florida has a lot going for it. If you are looking for an excuse to visit, 2013 is the year to do it.

Two Iceland tourists die while skydiving in Florida

Tourists killed in Florida accident Two Iceland tourists die while skydiving in Florida

Two skydivers from Iceland, one an instructor and the other a student, have died after a skydiving jump, Florida media reports.

Florida "Chicken Church" becomes bizarre tourist attraction

Holy Cluck! Florida "Chicken Church" becomes bizarre tourist attraction

A church has become an internet sensation after hundreds of people have flocked to see the face of a chicken within its walls.

Florida's parks welcoming new and exciting attractions

New Florida Attractions for 2013 Florida's parks welcoming new and exciting attractions

LONDON, England - Florida's theme parks have been delighting holidaymakers for decades, and Disney World tickets continue to be a hugely popular choice for those in search of fun in the sun.

World's first high-speed amphibian debuts at Miami Boat Show

2013 Miami International Boat Show World's first high-speed amphibian debuts at Miami Boat Show

MIAMI, Fla. - The world's first high-speed sports amphibian, the GIBBS Quadski, will make its Miami public debut at this year's Miami International Boat Show (Feb. 14-18).

Alaska Airlines launches nonstop service between San Diego and Orlando

Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines launches nonstop service between San Diego and Orlando

SEATTLE, Wash. - Alaska Airlines today launched nonstop service between Orlando, Fla., and San Diego. The carrier will fly between the two cities five times a week.

ICTP welcomes Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

International Council of Tourism Partners announces first airport member ICTP welcomes Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that Sarasota Bradenton International Airport ...

ICTP welcomes Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

International Council of Tourism Partners announces first airport member ICTP welcomes Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that Sarasota Bradenton International Airport ...

Photo of Florida tourist chief making Nazi salute sparks investigation

Florida tourist chief in Facebook photo scandal Photo of Florida tourist chief making Nazi salute sparks investigation

Florida tourism official is being investigated after posting a picture of himself making a Nazi salute in front of a symbol resembling a swastika.

Florida and Central Gulf Coast prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac

Storm likely to track into Gulf then along Florida east coast Florida and Central Gulf Coast prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac

Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist

STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania - Isaac (storm) will cross Cuba this weekend before threatening Florida and the central Gulf Coast next week, according to a report by AccuWeather.

Seychelles team heads to Miami

Delegation to attend Annual Seatrade Convention Seychelles team heads to Miami

A Seychelles delegation made up of the Seychelles Tourism Board and senior management from DMCs (Destination Management Companies) Mason’s Travel and Creole Travel Services are scheduled to ...

Florida junkie burns down ancient cypress tree

3,500-year-old bald cypress tree burns and collapses Florida junkie burns down ancient cypress tree

A Florida woman is in jail accused of starting a fire that destroyed one of the world's oldest cypress trees.

What will you see with an ocean-view room?

Travel Joke What will you see with an ocean-view room?

A man called, furious about a Florida package a travel agent had sold tohim.

When asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando, he said he was expecting an ocean-view room.

Florida enjoying Brazilian tourist invasion

Florida is top US vacation destination for Brazilians Florida enjoying Brazilian tourist invasion

ORLANDO, Fla. - "Oi -- Sejam bem-vindos!" -- meaning "Hi, welcome!" -- is a Portuguese phrase heard more and more these days at Florida's tourist spots.

Where is this place?

Travel Joke Where is this place?

A man and his wife were driving their recreational vehicle across the country and were nearing a town in Florida spelled Kissimmee.

World's most successful wine festival to take place in Naples

2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival World's most successful wine festival to take place in Naples

NAPLES, Fla. - The city of Naples, Fla. will host many of the world's most esteemed chefs and vintners on Jan. 27, when the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival kicks off its 12th annual event.

Florida to launch campaign to attract European nudists

Florida hopes for more European nudists Florida to launch campaign to attract European nudists

If a new plan works, thousands of European nudists will come to the Tampa Bay area next summer.

Gulfstream International rebrands itself as Silver Airways

Silver Airways airline Gulfstream International rebrands itself as Silver Airways

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - VPAA Co. dba/Gulfstream International Airlines ("Gulfstream") announced today its adoption of a new name and brand: Silver Airways.

Belleview Biltmore in Belleair may soon literally bite the dust

Grand Centenarian Hotel in Florida Belleview Biltmore in Belleair may soon literally bite the dust

Stanley Turkel

The 114-year-old Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa in Belleair, Florida, is on its last legs. It is reported (by Lori Helfand, St.

Making Orlando greatest green destination in the world

Green Destination Orlando Making Orlando greatest green destination in the world

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the U.S. Green Building Council, Central Florida Chapter, will make an announcement that will dramatically impact the hospitality industry in Orlando.

UK holidaymakers take advantage of airline promos for winter travel

Florida vacations on the rise UK holidaymakers take advantage of airline promos for winter travel

LONDON, England - Thanks to the recent huge airlines sales throughout June, July, and August, tour operators in Florida have reported seeing increases in bookings from Britain throughout November ...

Updates after initial sideswipe from Hurricane Irene

Hotels Mostly Fine Updates after initial sideswipe from Hurricane Irene

Category one Hurricane Irene passed by the Caribbean and Florida, causing only minor cosmetic damage to some Turks & Caicos and Bahamas resorts. The following udpates were received from the ...

ABC Charters brings Cuba landing rights to Tampa

Tampa to Cuba Flights ABC Charters brings Cuba landing rights to Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. - Today, the Cuban government has authorized flights between Cuba and Tampa after almost 50 years.

Orlando to remain the hottest US tourist spot in 2011

Orlando Tourism Orlando to remain the hottest US tourist spot in 2011

Orlando has been a popular destination for tourists from all over the world for many years, but it saw a record number of visitors in 2010.

Orlando Becomes 1st US Destination to Top 50 Million Visitors Orlando draws record breaking 51.455 million visitors in 2010

ORLANDO, Fla. - In simultaneous bi-coastal events, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs along with City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in Orlando, Fla.

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