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Travel Rally Day

Travel Rally Day Celebration Highlights the Palm Beaches’ Top Industry

DTPB hosted the fifth annual Travel Rally Day Celebration on May 8th in an effort to shine a spotlight on the positive economic impact of tourism in The Palm Beaches. More than 100 tourism industry representatives joined in the rally at the Society of The Four Arts to celebrate the importance and impact of travel on jobs in the local community. Travel Rally Day is part of the 32nd Annual U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week. DTPB stands united with hundreds of destinations nationwide, all recognizing Travel Rally Day.

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New Summer Tourism Commercials Launch for Drive Markets

DTPB has launched three new television commercials to target the Miami, Orlando and Atlanta summer drive markets.  The marketing effort will also be supported by billboards and DTPB’s summer campaign web site www.palmbeachsummer.com.

DTPB Partners still have time to post their great summer offers on www.palmbeachsummer.com! Send your deals and offers to spiedra@palmbeachfl.com today and make sure you a part of a summer to remember!

Travel Rally Day

Florida Tourism Breaks Records

Florida’s booming tourism industry has hit another milestone, welcoming more visitors during the first three months of 2015 than any other quarter in the state’s history.  In the first quarter of 2015, 28.4 million tourists visited Florida, up 6.2 percent over the same period in 2014.

The number of travel-related jobs also hit a new record high. Nearly 1.2 million Floridians were employed in the tourism industry in the first quarter of 2015, up 4.8 percent from the same period in 2014.  In The Palm Beaches first quarter occupancy at the county's hotels reached 86 percent!

PARTNER OPPORTUNITIES
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Save The Date for Hospitality Industry Icebreaker on 7/22

Join us and several hospitality organizations throughout The Palm Beaches at our first annual Hospitality Industry Icebreaker! Enjoy networking, hors d'oeuvres and drinks while networking with your peers. Tickets will go on sale soon at $30 each for partners and $40 for non-partners.

Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, WPB

CEO Roundtable May 2015

CEO Roundtable for Signature Partners

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Pavilion Grille, Boca Raton

Co-Op Kick Off

Co-Op Kick Off

Date: September 15, 2015
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

2016 Marketing & Sales Plan

2016 Marketing & Sales Plan Presentation

Date: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Harriett Himmel Theater, WPB

New Discover Partnership Opportunities

Be the first to secure your exclusive spot in Discover The Palm Beaches' monthly e-newsletters!  With four newsletters to choose from, there is a wide variety of options to showcase your businesses to the right audience.

  • Consumer Newsletter
  • Event Fanatic Newsletter
  • Meeting Planner Newsletter
  • Travel Trade Newsletter

Only a limited number of opportunities are available, so act quickly to secure your spot. For pricing and availability, contact Heather Andrews at HAndrews@PalmBeachFL.com or call (561) 233-3008.

 

Sales Activities Calendar

Join our Global Sales Team at trade shows & sales missions

There are still some great opportunities left for you to join our team in 2015! To view the entire schedule visit the Partner Portal.
Opportunities are always first-come, first-serve so reserve your spot today!

  • June 5 – Luxury Meeting Summit in San Francisco: 1 SPOT LEFT
  • June 23 – Luxury Meeting Summit in Chicago: 1 SPOT LEFT
  • July 18 – ASTA in South Florida: 2 SPOTS LEFT
  • September 18 – Canadian Sales Mission: 4 SPOTS LEFT
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PARTNER NEWS
Hilton WPB May 2015

New Hilton West Palm Beach Names New General Manager

Hilton Worldwide went to Disney World to find the first general manager of the new Hilton West Palm Beach, currently under construction next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center. John Parkinson most recently served as general manager for DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Orlando - Lake Buena Vista, located inside Walt Disney World Resort. In his new role, John will oversee operations for the new 400-room hotel when it opens in the first quarter of 2016.

Hilton WPB May 2015

VISIT FLORIDA Roadshow Coming To Town

During this free luncheon, you will meet VISIT FLORIDA's team and learn about their co-op programs, simple ways for your business to engage visitors and how to participate in Visit Florida’s new Online Hospitality Training program.

When: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: International Polo Club - The Pavilion
Click here to RSVP

 

Boca Raton Bowl

2015 Boca Raton Bowl Set

The 2015 Boca Raton Bowl will take place Tuesday, December 22nd. The game will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. from FAU Stadium located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University. The 2015 Boca Raton Bowl will have primary tie-ins for teams from the Mid-America Conference and the American Athletic Conference. The bowl activities are under development but will begin with the arrival of participating teams on Friday, December 18th.

BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE
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Palm Beach County Hits 63 Consecutive Months of RevPAR Growth

The Palm Beaches currently ranks 1st in the state in Growth in Rooms Available and 4th in the state in Average Daily Rate (ADR) and RevPAR. We also moved up a spot and are now 3rd for Growth in Rooms Sold.

  • Revenue Per Available Room (RevPAR) was $148, up 7.1% over 2014; positive for 63 consecutive months
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR)was $190, up 4.5% over 2014, positive for 24 consecutive months
  • Occupancy was 77.9%, up 2.5% over 2014

PARTNER EXCLUSIVE: Tourism Business Intelligence Research

DTPB’s Hotel Performance Dashboard is a report of the latest industry performance measures for The Palm Beaches, gathered through various sources including Smith Travel Research. The data is compiled and analyzed into business intelligence to enable DTPB and tourism partners to make smart business decisions. Access the April 2015 dashboard here.

SALES NEWS

Society of Government Meeting Planners (SGMP) - Minneapolis, MN

The SGMP National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) is the largest 2 day annual event in the government meetings industry. This event provides government professionals from across the country the opportunity to come together for a one-stop, non-stop educational and networking event. With Connie’s diligent efforts Discover was able to generate 3 leads and 70 contacts for future business opportunities.

GAMPI Eventeract- Atlanta, GA

Discover’s Steve Crist along with 6 partners attend this year’s Georgia MPI Eventeract. A revolutionary show evolving from the DNA of the Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC), Eventeract is an exciting new experience that will challenge the way Buyer/Supplier events are held. Powered by the Southeast’s most influential associations, Eventeract featured 90,000 square feet of education, innovation and networking opportunities. The Palm Beaches team came back with 42 new contacts, 2 convention center opportunities and 3 hotel opportunities.

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Connie Hunter at SGMP
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Steve Crist at MPI in Georgia

Hickory Global Travel Partners - Annual Conference - Jupiter, FL

In its 2nd year Hickory’s annual conference brought together their valued travel agent and supplier partners, top industry speakers and technology leaders for the 3 day event located at the Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place. As a sponsor, The Palm Beaches, Eda Ruddock and Steve Crist participated in several activities and hosted a dinner function for several participants.

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Steve & Eda at Hickory Global Travel Partners
MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS NEWS

Send Us Your Packages, Offers & Specials
We're Promoting Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants & More

School will soon be out for summer! Families and visitors are planning their vacation adventures and getaways to The Palm Beaches. Let us promote and highlight your best packages and deals on our most frequently visited webpages.

Email Packages, Deals and Offers to Sergio Piedra at SPiedra@PalmBeachFL.com

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Ashley Svarney

PR Team Welcomes New Director

DTPB welcomes its new Director of Public Relations & Communications, Ashley Svarney. Ashley brings in-depth knowledge and experiences in media relations, corporate communications, social media marketing and special events to the team.  Previously Ashley has held related positions at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Bitner Goodman Public Relations, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tallahassee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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PR Team Update

The DTPB Public Relations department hosted three individual media visits in addition to an Eco FAM group press trip, which focused on the environmental and natural offerings of The Palm Beaches. The FAM consisted of four media from the United States and Canada.

Web Traffic & Social Media Engagement in May  2015:

  • Unique Visitors to PalmBeachFL.com: 76,429
  • Social Media Engagement: 148,569