FL. Superior Small Lodging Association Hosts Annual Conference with Record Results

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The annual conference of the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association was held last week at the Broward Convention Center. New officers were elected, White Glove Awards for superior housekeeping were distributed and new members were introduced.

The conference was a huge success that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB and the Broward Convention Center

The Florida Superior Small Lodging Association, Florida’s lodging option to big, hi-rise hotels, held its annual conference last week at the Broward County Convention Center. The conference was hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau with the direct support of Kim Butler, Vice President, Marketing Communications and Kim Canter, Marketing Communications Manager. Carlos Molinet, the GFLCVB’s dynamic Senior Vice President, inspired a group of hospitality students from South Broward High School who had volunteered at the conference. “Each and every year I am excited to witness the GFCVB innovate and lead Broward’s tourism market to where we are today," said Scott Rivelli, Executive Director of SSLA. “The conference was a huge success that wouldn’t have been possible without the CVB’s support.”

The topic of this year’s conference was “Bringing Your Small Property to a New Level” and speakers included:
Mike Hampton, Ed.D; Dean, Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management; “The Changing World of Hospitality & How We Can Raise Our Performance to the Next Level”
Peter Ricci, Ed.D; Director of Hospitality Management, Florida Atlantic University; “Partnering with the University Resources to Take You to the Next Level”
Sam Valdes, Loyal Listing; “Bringing Your Property to the Next Level using a State-of-the-Art Booking Engine”
Gilda Steiger, GNE Consulting, Online Marketing Solutions; “How to Market Your Property on a Small Budget”
Lindsey Norris, Visit Florida; “Grants & Marketing Opportunities”

The newly elected officers are:
Cathy Balesterie, Crane’s Beach House; Chair
Aileen Brand, Tropical Manor; PastChair
Vincent Stona,Camelot Resort; Vice Chair
Nancy McPhee, DMO, Lee County; Secretary
Russel Dion, Manhattan Tower; Treasurer
John Boutin, Windjammer; Marketing Chair

In addition, the Donal L. Dermody White Glove award for housekeeping excellence was awarded to 117 members. These properties received a perfect 100% score on the housekeeping part of the annual inspection conducted by the Property Review Program, an independent hospitality industry inspection company.

About The Superior Small Lodging Association
The Superior Small Lodging Association (SSLA) is a non-profit association of independently owned and managed boutique inns, B&Bs and hotels throughout the State of Florida with fewer than 50 rooms. Established in 1989 to bring brand awareness to the smaller boutique lodgings as an alternative to the large corporate branded hotel chains, the Superior Small Lodging Brand has come to represent a partnership of unique lodging properties offering a high level of service, comfort and cleanliness at competitive rates. Each year our members’ properties are inspected by an independent inspection company and those that meet specific cleanliness standards are recognized with our White Glove Award for cleanliness. Excellence in quality and service are also recognized. With approximately 170 member properties representing almost 3,000 hotel rooms, time shares and vacation rentals throughout the State of Florida the success of the Superior Small Lodging program is undisputed and gives prospective guests the comfort of knowing that when they book a Superior Small Lodging property they can be assured of a high standard of excellence.

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