Gainesville Holiday Inn Launches New Charity Program


GAINESVILLE, FL Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville has launched a new charity program called “Holiday Inn Gives Back,” in which the hotel will champion a different local charity every month. When a group or organization books room blocks and/or meeting space, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the current month’s selected charity in the organization’s name. Piesanos Pints & and Pies restaurant, located adjacent to the hotel and a Gainesville favorite for Italian food, has also joined in on the opportunity to make an impact by volunteering to donate a portion of their proceeds on select night(s). This program makes the choice a very easy one when choosing a hotel for group needs – the location directly next to University of Florida is one thing, but having the opportunity to give back to the community is another that makes the Gainesville hotel the best choice for groups and meetings.

For the month of April, the Gainesville Holiday Inn has parterned up with LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services. LifeQuest’s mission to save lives relies on individuals’ commitment to organ and tissue donation. The organization encourages everyone to join the Florida Organ Donor Registry at

LifeQuest representative Coral Denton and the Holiday Inn Staff joined in for a group photo outside the hotel in observance of “National Donate Life Blue and Green Day” sporting the colors of the cause.

More about LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services

Holiday Inn Mayaguez and Tropical Casino Win Pretigious Award from IHG


The Holiday Inn Mayaguez Puerto Rico and the Tropical Casino recently received the 2014 Performance Award for the Central America and Caribbean region from Intercontinental Hotels Group for meeting and exceeding seven different metrics including: revenue per available room, service to guests, associates’ recognition, problem management, corporate responsibility and guest reviews.

This is not the only award this hotel has received, including being the first hotel to receive a perfect score for the People’s Notice competition.

Congratulations, Holiday Inn Mayaguez and thank you for your commitment to excellence.

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Barrymore Hotel Honored with Scull Christening at Mayor’s Cup Rowing Regatta

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This past weekend at the prestigious Tampa Mayor’s Cup Rowing Regatta, The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk received the honor of having a rowing scull christened in their honor, displaying the hotel’s logo. The Barrymore Hotel is a host hotel for many rowing teams across the country and is a proud sponsor and supporter of The Stewards Foundation/Row Tampa.

“While Tampa has long been the home to rowing with The University of Tampa beginning its program in 1941, as well as many top collegiate, and Olympic crews making Tampa their home for spring training, this spectator oriented event presents a unique opportunity for the local business community, future collegiate athletes and sports enthusiasts to participate in and witness competition at its highest level.”


Going the Extra Mile at the MIA Hotel

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Last week, Harve Rosenthal, General Manager of the Miami International Airport Hotel was proud to present Howard Rosenheck, Executive Housekeeper, with the “R & R” Award (Reward and Recognition Program) for outstanding customer service. Howard went above and beyond when a very unusual situation arose regarding a child, aged 10, was traveling through the Miami International Airport on his way to St. Croix to visit family. The child missed his flight from Miami to St. Croix, leaving him essentially “stranded.” The child’s mother learned he was at the Miami airport and contacted the hotel immediately, reaching Howard.

“Howard was calming, supportive, and went above and beyond to not only provide assurances that he would be there [at the MIA Hotel] but made the extra effort to personally locate [my son] and let me talk to him on his personal cell phone. He also called me back that night when [he] was at the hotel and talked to me the next morning to assure me he was on the flight…Howard was my lifeline,” explained the mother.

All of us at H.I. Development and the MIA Hotel are proud to call Howard one of our employees and thank him for his extreme dedication in such an incident that could otherwise have ended up without such a happy end.

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Gainesville Hotel Hosts Terry McMillen and the 10,000 Horsepower InstiGator Dragster

The above video definitely doesn’t do the sound of the engine much justice, that’s for sure. Earplugs, anyone?

Last week the Hoilday Inn Gainesville University Center and Piesanos Pints & Pies, adjacent to the hotel, was the site of some pretty powerful stuff – the insanely powerful and fast engine of the InstiGator Dragster, all for the NHRA Gatornationals last week. Terry McMillen and his team put on quite the display, with the highlight of the day – firing up the engine on that beast of a racecar.

More photos of the event from NHRA

Barrymore Hotel Ranked as a Top Hotel in Tampa Bay Business Journal


In a letter from the Governor, The Barrymore Hotel was commended for recently being included in the Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s list of top hotels. “Floridians like you are helping make your state the best place in the world to raise a family, have a great career and welcome visitors from around the world,” stated the letter. As a company that strives for only the highest standards, we are pleased to have earned a spot on this list.

About the Tampa Bay Business Journal
“The TBBJ features local people and decision makers who are leaders in their business communities. In print every Friday and online daily, we report on local and national issues that impact subscribers’ businesses and assist them in growing their companies. Each week, the TBBJ features a special report, an in-depth look at a specific industry or topic. Various special publications and recognition programs cover topics such as Best Places to Work, Green Business, Nonprofit of the Year, and Business Woman of the Year. Our newspapers boast an average renewal rate of more than 80 percent, unparalleled in the newspaper industry.”

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Donate or Volunteer at These 5 Great Local Tampa Bay Charities

We compiled a quick list of 5 charities we know and love in the Tampa Bay area. The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving, but we prefer the giving part. Each charity’s volunteer and donation needs vary, so please check with them first to help you get started.

cropped-feedingamerica-tampabay-logo_cmyk_w_tagFeeding America Tampa BayFeeding America Tampa Bay serves the 700,000 hungry people in our region. For every $1 you donate, we can provide 7 meals. The Food Bank also provides food for shelters, residential group homes, and the Kids Cafe after-school programs. The Food Bank is in effect, a distributor and central supply point that procures the food, sorts it, stores it, and efficiently matches it to those in need according to need.

kidsplaceA Kids Place Tampa BayOur purpose at A Kid’s Place is to provide superior residential services to children of all ages who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.  We provide a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical and psychological needs of the child.

C+A Logo - Outreach InitiativeMetropolitan Ministries  – Metropolitan Ministries cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency. One meal costs $1.76. A night of shelter, $36.55. We’ve used disciplined financial controls and smart decisions about efficiency to ensure that every dollar we receive achieves its maximum potential.

springlogoThe Spring of Tampa Bay  – To prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities. Our program philosophy is to provide a safe haven for families utilizing an empowerment-based approach. We give victims safe refuge, time to heal, and encouragement and support to move toward a self-determined life. Participants have time to consider options and make an independent choice about how to move toward a peaceful life.

pawlicious_logoPawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue Animals need love and support too! Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue specializes in saving the lives of neglected and abused senior pups, providing rehabilitation, getting them the best veterinary care  and placing them in warm, loving homes. Give the gift of a second chance to a furry soul in need this holiday season. Please contact this charity for information on donation or volunteer opportunities.