Superior Small Lodging Association Rolls Out First Blogger Event to Great Success

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Travel bloggers gathered at Tuckaway Shores Resort, a member of the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association, to experience Florida’s Space Coast. Association members throughout the state will be hosting bloggers at similar events scheduled in 2015.

So what does authentic Florida mean? It means smaller resorts, personalized service, friendly people and an overall amazing experience.

Thanks to a matching grant received from VISIT FLORIDA, Tuckaway Shores Resort, a member of the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association, hosted the Association’s first travel blogger event with accolades coming from all involved. This event was the first of many to be held during the coming year at Superior Small Lodging member properties throughout the state of Florida.

These events are aimed at introducing travel and lifestyle bloggers to the many wonderful destinations, attractions, and activities that are available in Florida and to introduce them to the charming small hotels, inns, B&B’s and luxury condos and cottages that make up the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association.

The Tuckaway Shores Bloggers’ Retreat and FAM was co-sponsored by the Space Coast Office of Tourism and was held to introduce travel bloggers and their followers to the unique attractions offered on Florida’s Space Coast and to convert the bloggers, and ultimately their followers, to the differences of vacationing in a small independent property that offers the ambiance, friendliness and service associated with an “authentic” Florida experience in lieu of that found at a hi-rise chain hotel.

Bloggers were treated to a 3 day FAM trip around the county that included visits to Kennedy Space Center, the Brevard County Zoo, Port Canaveral and the wildlife refuge at the Viera Wetlands - and were treated to dinners, a wine tasting by the local East Coast Winery and a talk by Robin Draper from Authentic Florida.

Stefanie Cornwall (Making of a Mom blog), one of the bloggers at the Tuckaway Shores Retreat, summed up the feeling of the attendees: “So what does authentic Florida mean? It means smaller resorts, personalized service, friendly people and an overall amazing experience. I’m planning on a trip to bring my family back next year!!”

Beginning in the spring of 2015 the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association plans to recreate the success of the Tuckaway Shores and Brevard County experience and introduce travel and lifestyle bloggers to destinations and attractions around the state – and to the Superior Small Lodging properties that will enhance their visits to those locations.

About The Superior Small Lodging Association
The Superior Small Lodging Association (SSLA) is a non-profit association of independently owned and managed boutique Inn’s, B&B’s 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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