Delray Beach’s Dover House Resort Awarded Florida Green Lodging Certification

Delray Beach’s Dover House Resort Awarded Florida Green Lodging Certification

The Dover House Resort, located in Delray Beach, Florida has received the prestigious Florida Green Lodging Certification.

Presented by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Green Lodging Program, the certification is given to resorts that excel in ecofriendly operations. By adhering to the department’s environmental standards and sustainability practices, the resort is helping to conserve energy and reduce waste.

Dover House, owned and operated by Landex Resorts International, Inc., is excited to receive this respected award. Dover House General Manager, Leonardo Dahbur commented, “This award is an exciting time for the resort. We work very hard to bring great customer service, communicate our initiatives to our guests and create the tropical look and feel they expect while they are in Florida.”

Recently, Dover House underwent renovations to update a selection of the units. In addition to cosmetic changes, many of the unit appliances were updated to be Energy Star certified. This update is greatly supported by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as the state even offers a tax deduction for these purchases. The resort is enjoying the benefits as well.

VP of Landex and community association manager at Dover House, Robyn Rocco said “Since the renovation, the measured environmental and financial outcome has saved the resort 40% on their utility and energy operating expenses.”

Certification is based on a variety of practices including waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, preservation, and educating customers on efficient practices.

President of Landex, Ruth Anglickis shared,

“We will continue to expand our sustainable and ‘green’ efforts at Dover House to provide our guests with environmentally responsible surroundings. We are excited to share our best management practices with timeshare properties in Florida who understand that now is the right time to make smart choices for sustainable practices and consumer awareness programs. There is an increasing demand in the timeshare and resort marketplace to improve visibility through sustainable and conservation measures. We are proud to be part of these conscientious efforts.”

The Dover House Resort will continue to maintain their new Green Lodging Certification by continuing these practices. For more information, visit DoverHouseResort.com.

Florida Governor Honors Westgate Resorts

Florida Governor Honors Westgate Resorts

Tuesday night, Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, presented Westgate Resorts with the Innovation and Expansion in Tourism and Hospitality Award. This is the first time that the Governor’s Innovation and Expansion has been awarded to a timeshare company.

The Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards occur every year during the Florida Business Innovators Week. The awards celebrate Florida companies that have influenced the state’s diversification and economic growth over the past year.
This year, the 30th annual event was held at the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee, Florida.

Governor Scott shared, “The businesses we are recognizing today helped create the strong economy we have in central Florida. […] Florida families can live, learn, and work toward the American Dream because of the opportunities that these companies provide.”

Recipients were selected in three segments for Mid, Major, and Mega markets. Westgate Resorts received the innovation award in the Mega Market, for County populations 800,001 and greater. Westgate was specifically recognized for being the Florida company that “best exemplifies innovation developed through product or process in the last three years”.

When discussing Westgate and the other award recipients, Florida Commerce Secretary Gary Swoope commented, “Florida and its companies continue to be the model for economic recovery and growth. Companies from every industry around the state have helped produce jobs and provide opportunities that companies in other states haven’t been able to match. […]They deserve to be recognized for their resilience, innovation, and achievements”.

Westgate was excited this receive this prestigious award. Westgate Resorts President and CEO David Segal said, “We are honored to be recognized as a leader in the hospitality and tourism industry. We had the best year in our 44-year history and hired thousands of new team members. We want to thank our Governor Rick Scott for making Florida a great place to do business”.

For more information regarding the Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards, visit FLGov.com.

New Timeshare Expansions for 3 Orlando Resorts

New Timeshare Expansions for 3 Orlando Resorts

iStock_constructionExpansions are in the works for Westgate, Silver Lakes Resort, and Regal Oaks Resort in Orlando, Florida for 2014. Central Florida construction manager Roger B. Kennedy Inc. will construct all three projects totaling over $50 Million in expenditures.

The Regal Oaks Resort, a CLC World resort, has approved a $22.4 Million expansion to the property. In addition to unit expansions the resort will also build a clubhouse and a new resort-style pool. Phase one of this project is already underway with a second phase to begin on February 24, 2014. Located across from Orlando’s Old Town village, the Regal Oaks Resort is a favorite for families visiting Disney World.

Silver Lake Resort in Orlando, FL will add a new tower to the resort with a $6 Million update. The new tower will be over six stories high and offer 24 new timeshares for sale. In 2009, Silver Lake Resort also conducted a $20 Million timeshare resort update.

Down the road at Westgate Town Center, the resort is planning a $21.5 million new timeshare resort tower. Designed by General Design Architecture in Branson, MO, construction is expected to be complete in April of 2015. The new tower is an anticipated update to the already spacious resort.

It is a great benefit to both resorts and their owners to update existing properties. Regular improvements and renovations keep owners excited to visit the resort, and show that their maintenance fees are consistently invested back into the property.

Check back in the upcoming months for more information regarding these timeshare projects.

Best Stress-Free Holiday Awarded to Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

Best Stress-Free Holiday Awarded to Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

Pink ShellThe Fort Myer’s-based Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina has officially received “Best Stress-Free Family Holiday” from the Amadeus Travel Experience Awards in London. The awards ceremony, hosted by World Travel Market (WTM) presented this award for the first time, with the help of the Lee County VCB (Visitor & Convention Bureau).

World Travel Market is an annual exhibition for the travel and tourism industry. This year the WTM was held in London’s Exhibition and Convention Center to an impressive crowd. Over 48,000 travel and timeshare industry professionals, media representatives, and industry-related politicians attended the exhibition.

Director of Sales and Marketing for the Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina, Ellis Etter said, “This recognition is a testament of how well our associates deliver on a consistent basis the best possible experience for our guests. We are delighted our guests keep coming back to stay with us when visiting our pristine beaches of Southwest Florida!”

This is great news for the resort as traveling families are a large segment of the travel industry, especially in Florida. According to the U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Facts and Statistics, last year 26% of domestic travelers vacationed with children under the age of 18.

To learn more about World Travel Market, visit www.wtmlondon.com.

About Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina is a beachfront timeshare in Fort Myers, Florida. From the developer Boykin Management Company, the resort offers one-quarter mille of beach with 213 timeshare condominiums. Located on Florida’s Southwest Coast, the resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and is located nearby the popular Sanibel and Captiva Islands. The Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina is also a Green Lodging Property designated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

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