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'12MayNeighborhood Mixer & Art Party Held for Residents
Redesigned Website Benefit for Client Market

TAMPA, May 8, 2012 — The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa opened their outdoor pool deck doors on Tuesday, May 8, for Uptown Tampa’s residents, business owners and Downtown Tampa Partnership members and involved staff. With complimentary food and/or drinks provided by Pizza Fusion, WaterWorks Bar & Grill, Kahawa Coffee and the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa, guests enjoyed a networking opportunity to discuss the social matters and development of the Uptown area. This is the first of many neighborhood mixers to be hosted in venues of the Uptown Tampa area by member, Andre Callen of H.I. Development Corp. More details are listed at the Uptown Tampa Council’s website. The Uptown District Tampa Neighborhood Association’s goal is to find and solve issues and develop opportunities to benefit all of Uptown Tampa members — harnessing the passion and skill sets to approach and achieve real results.

'12MayRNC hotel locations: It's not all about beaches and proximity
Redesigned Website Benefit for Client Market

TAMPA, May 2, 2012 — Looking at a map of the hotels that are housing delegates for the Republican National Convention, two trends stand out: They are either in or near downtown Tampa where the convention will take place, or they are near one of Pinellas County's white-sand beaches. Except for two... Bob Sauerwine, director of sales for the Holiday Inn at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport, which will be hosting the delegates from Colorado and New Mexico, agreed. The Holiday Inn is just as close to the museums of downtown St. Petersburg as it is to the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Just because his hotel is a bit further away from the convention, that doesn't mean it won't see plenty of action from visitors. "The economic impact (of the convention) is on the whole area," Sauerwine said.

'12AprWaterWorks Bar & Grill in Hotel Branded for Marketing
Redesigned Website Benefit for Client Market

TAMPA, April 21, 2012 — The Straz Center’s Best of Tampa Bay returned for its 27th year with the event tantalizing taste buds with the new vegetarian menu samplings from WaterWorks Bar & Grill inside the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa. More than 40 of Tampa Bay’s best restaurants, caterers and vendors participated in this year’s event which was hosted by the Producers Volunteer Group. Raymond James was the presenting sponsor.
The restaurant and bar inside the reknown hotel showcased new menu items inside brochures which Assistant General Manager Tracy Foley of the Howard Johnson handed out to promising patrons that evening.
WaterWorks Bar & Grill launched a 5-tab Website that Friday before the event for more public traffic and exposure. Adrianne Robert, Creative Web Marketing Manager of H.I. Development, says "We have a lot of signs in the development stage for the outside of the hotel as well as a full year marketing plan in action. Working closely with the Uptown Tampa Council and the Howard Johnson Plaza, this restaurant is exposed to several Tampa residents and employees." WaterWorks also has social media outlets, including Facebook, Foursquare, Urbanspoon, Yelp and Flickr.

'12MarConstruction starts on $49.5M Hyatt Place hotel in Bayamón
Hyatt Place

PUERTO RICO, March 19, 2012 — Construction of the $49.5 million Hyatt Place Bayamón & Tropical Casino, which marks the return of the hotel chain to the island after a seven-year absence, was announced March 19, 2012 by developers PRISA Group and McConnell Valdés Consulting Inc. during a news conference at the Science Park in Bayamón. Flanked by municipal and central government officials, developers said the hotel is slated to open during the first quarter of 2014. The seven-story, 156-room hotel will feature a 2,000 square-foot conference room, a 4,700 square-foot restaurant, gym and pool, among other amenities. Furthermore, the project will have a 17,300 square-foot casino to be run by HI Development Corp. The future hotel will also feature a multi-story parking garage with a capacity for 250 vehicles.

'12MarHoliday Inn University Center Gainesville Revamps Website
Redesigned Website Benefit for Client Market

GAINESVILLE, March 16, 2012 — Competing in the travel and hospitality market on University Avenue in Gainesville, Florida, the Holiday Inn University Center has launched a website redesign to www.TheUniversityHotel.com on Tuesday, March 13. With sharp images and bold colors, including automated background changes, embedded map and Flickr Photostream, the Holiday Inn’s newly vamped site is coded in XHTML, CSS, Javascript and JQuery. Compatible on any iPhone, Android, iPad and Blackberry, as compared to the previous Flash coded platform, the new website design will give users access to check availability and book room nights at their convenience.
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'12JanHoliday Inn Designs Dynamic Social Section
America's Favorite Hotel's The Hub Becomes Hip

CLEARWATER, Jan. 27, 2012 — There are over 1,200 Holiday Inn hotels worldwide. It's a trusted brand, one that manages to balance reliable business amenities with reasonable rates. While this combination is certainly popular amongst its clientele, let's face it, the Holiday Inn brand is not very sexy, even if it is known as "America's Favorite Hotel." So, you might find it interesting that, as part of an overhaul of its hotels, a rather innovative new concept space, called “The Hub,” was introduced. This year, the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport introduced the 24-hour gathering space guests are calling “The Atrium.” This frequent area combines the communal spirit of an informal meeting space with perks such as a lobby sports bar and restaurant, “Aviator’s” — complete with big screens, pool table, darts and signature cocktails — free Wifi and Chef offerings until later in the evening. READ MORE

'12JanWhat It Takes For Social Media Marketing
Trends of Social Media Marketing in 2012

TAMPA, Jan. 1, 2012 — (written by Adrianne Robert of H.I. Development) The age of Social Media is upon us… whether you like it or not. Thanks to Smartphones taking a spike in 2010 and Apple introducing the iPad, most of the Baby Boomers have taken a backseat and let Generation Y steer the road to Facebook check-ins, FourSquare badges and YouTube thumbs up/down. Don’t know what I am talking about? This may seem all petty and overwhelming to an outsider, but for professional young adults this could be the advantage they are looking for in the current economy slump. According to an latimes.com article, employers are liking – and hiring – Social Media workers. The standard job description includes identifying a Social Media profile for the company’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, WordPress, Manta, FourSquare, Flickr and review sites such as Yelp, TripAdvisor and Urbanspoon to name a few. What this means for hoteliers and service industry companies, is that you need a strong “socializing” network presence. READ MORE

'11DecMultimedia Marketing Created by Holiday Inn
Clearwater Hotel Launches Visual Tour Video

CLEARWATER, Dec. 6, 2011 — Brett Wilkins, of BreneCo Productions' YouTube Channel, filmed and edited an informative visual tour of the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg / Clearwater International Airport on Dec. 6. Creative Marketing Manager of H.I. Development's Adrianne Robert says, "We wanted to capture the essence of our hotel's new look after the renovations and independent website launch. Our customers also needed to see a perspective from the service point-of-view, and I believe Mr. Wilkins did a great job capturing these moments on film."
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'11SeptHoliday Inn Website "Sky-Rockets"
Clearwater Hotel Launches New Website

CLEARWATER, Sept. 29, 2011 — Competing in the travel market on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, Florida, the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport has launched an independent website on Monday, September 26. With sharp images and bold colors, the Holiday Inn’s new site is coded in XHTML, CSS, Javascript and JQuery, which can be viewed on any iPhone, Android, iPad and Blackberry.

The focus of this website is to generate more internet-savvy clientele and dedicate Search Engine Optimization (SEO) hits over their hotel competitors in the Carillon area. Unlike the standard display of hotel brand websites, Holiday Inn hopes to enhance the customer’s experience and interactive time spent on each page, generating more booking nights and social awareness.

General Manager of Holiday Inn, Bob Sauerwine, commented, “We have everything a traveler would want; Great rates, completely remodeled floor plan and a friendly staff. This hotel just needed a website that could portray all of that.” READ MORE

'11AugGive Kids the World Charity Raising Event
SPCA Raises Money to Help Shelter in Lakeland

ST. AUGUSTINE, Aug. 29, 2011 — With everyone's generous assistance, Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort in St. Augustine raised over $5,000 for Give Kids the World and Surfers for Autism. The event began with a pool party, 25 silent auctions, frequent raffles and separate raffle for a basket stuffed with goodies worth $500. Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.

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