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'14MayHoliday Inn St. Petersburg North/Clearwater Achieves Tripadvisor Greenleaders™ Status

TAMPA, May 16, 2014 — "Today the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North/Clearwater proudly announced it has been accepted as a Bronze Level into the TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S. TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site” READ MORE

'14MayHow Hashtags on Social Media Can Get You Free Ice Cream

TAMPA, May 12, 2014 — "The title of this post sounds funny, but it’s actually kind of true. If you have remotely used any social media website, you’ll notice many posts contain a word or phrase preceded by the hashtag. For social media newbies, the hashtag’s purpose is to group together conversations of a common topic and make them easier to find by users. In this case, the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa Downtown’s use of the #CoreTour hashtag brought the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream truck to their hotel. The famous ice cream maker gave out free samples of their brand new core flavors. So how did a little ol’ hashtag do all that?” READ MORE

'14AprAre You Being a Good Listener, or Are You Just Hearing?

TAMPA, April 18, 2014 — "It may sound like a simple rule, like something we’re taught in elementary school to increase our listening comprehension skills in our crucial developing years. When I mean being a good listener, I don’t mean just listening well enough to take ample notes in class just to recite them on an exam later. I’m referring to listening in order to understand – essentially comprehension, but taking it to the next level when a customer has an issue.” READ MORE

'14AprAre You Walking the Talk, Or Just Talking?

TAMPA, April 3, 2014 — "Larry E. Collier, Jr., Director of Operations, takes a moment to explore the impact that our actions as business owners and supervisors have on our staff. He mentions a quote by Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame coach: "when all is said and done, more is usually said than done." Is this you? Growing up, your parents may have told you to "do as I say, not as I do," but really, who is going to listen to that as an adult? Find out just how important your actions are up against your words in the latest article on our blog.” READ MORE

'14FebAviators Sports Pub in Clearwater Gets Brand New Website

CLEARWATER, February 24, 2014 — "'A website can be a very effective marketing tool, and having a mobile-friendly site can be of great help as well,'; stated Kimberly Moore, Creative Marketing Manager at HI Development. In this age of mobile devices, smartphones and tablets that don’t necessarily use standard desktop computer browser, and are solely made for the purpose of accessing the internet (think iPads and other tablet devices), having a site that is designed to display more efficiently, and with the information the user is most likely looking for (location and contact info) presented in a prominent location can help drive business.” READ MORE

'14JanWinner or Whiner? - Why What You Can't Do Isn't the Problem

TAMPA, January 3, 2014 — "All too often we see the reasons we can’t do something as opposed to the reasons we can do something. We become so focused on our limitations that we are unable to make the best use of our capabilities. An honest look at any situation will easily help you determine if you are whining or winning. Sometimes winning isn’t the easiest, nor does it go the way you want. Make no mistake about it, winning will require sacrifice; it’s going to hurt, but it’s going to be worth it.” READ MORE

'13NovChoose the Update - Leverage Technology to Reach Today's Traveler

TAMPA, November 1, 2013 — This generation of young people, the "Millenials," are now the better part of the leisure travelling public and an even larger percentage of today’s road warrior population. They are the winds of change. As a hotelier, we have to make sure that we do not allow our preconceived notions about what we were as young people to influence how we serve this new generation of travelers. Fortunately for us hoteliers, most of the industry innovations are revolving around speed and mobility. We are seeing the emergence of mobile phone check in and checkout, cellular guest room access, wireless network and security advancements, that enable a guest to stay connected wherever they may roam.” READ MORE

'13OctH.I. Development Proudly Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
H.I. Develpoment and the Howard Johnson Plaza hotel participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

TAMPA, October 21, 2013 — In light of the month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Creative Marketing Manager for H.I. Development, Kimberly Moore, and the Howard Johnson Plaza‘s Assistant General Manager, Tracy Foley, rose early on Saturday October 19th and hit the pavement for a good cause. From balloons and banners, to t-shirts, tennis shoes and face paint, the Tampa Bay Times Forum and the streets of downtown Tampa were filled with people donning the color that symbolizes the cause. “I’ve never seen so much pink in one place at one time.” said Kimberly. ”It was breathtaking and emotional when they released the survivor balloons; we were able to see such a huge number of people who fought the fight and won.” READ MORE

'12MayTripAdvisor Honors Holiday Inn Clearwater Int'l Airport Again
Redesigned Website Benefit for Client Market

CLEARWATER, May 30, 2012 — On May 30, 2012, TripAdvisor congratulated the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida, on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence award. Travelers consistently commended the Holiday Inn with the highest praise and recognized the 4-star (out of 5) rating, ranking #32 among the 97 hotels in the Clearwater area. This is the second year the Holiday Inn has received such a high rating since the brand remodeling in 2008-2009. General Manager Shawn Stan, CHA, congratulated his staff by saying ‘Great work, (everyone)! I know we will continue to achieve even more, but let’s take the time to celebrate all your hard work.’

'12MayHoward Johnson Plaza Tampa Receives Property of Year Award
Redesigned Website Benefit for Client Market

TAMPA, May 21, 2012 — During the Howard Johnson General Session at the Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference, several properties were recognized for their achievements as recipients of the 2011 Heroes of Hospitality and 2012 Brand Conference Awards. For the first year, the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa received the “Property of the Year” Award for 2011. Achieving excellence in the hospitality business is not easy. To perform at an award-winning level, Howard Johnson hoteliers must demonstrate extraordinary professionalism and work together as a team to deliver consistently high quality guest experiences. Accepting the award on behalf of the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa was hotel management team, H.I. Development, President Andre Callen (left) and General Manager Larry E. Collier, Jr., (center). “Life presents us with numerous opportunities to make a difference in the eyes of our customers,” said Senior Vice President Rui Barros. “The best of the best always leap at the chance to create Happiness for guests at their hotel. They take pride in everything they do, from their attitude and professional appearance to the inviting aroma and cleanliness of their rooms.”

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