Boca Raton resort official named to county tourism board

John C. Tolbert, the President and Managing Director of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, has been appointed to the county’s Tourist Development Council.

The Boca Raton Resort & Club is hosting a Very Pink Holiday Weekend this Thanksgiving featuring South Florida’s first Flow House, themed Thanksgiving dinner offerings, the annual holiday tree lighting spectacular and a special Smash Mouth performance. Contributed
The Boca Raton Resort & Club (Contributed)

County Commissioner Paulette Burdick made the appointment at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

Tolbert will fill the seat vacated by Joel Paige, the longtime general manager of the PGA National Resort & Spa. Paige resigned his position at PGA National last year and is now running his own consulting business.

County rules dictated that Paige’s seat on the tourism board must be filled by a hotelier. As a result, Paige resigned the post in January. He had served on the board for roughly 8 years.

This airline is adding flights at PBIA

Silver Airways announced Friday that it plans to launch new service at Palm Beach International Airport as part of a push to expand its footprint in the South Florida market. 071414 biz peoplexp 04

Beginning in May, Silver Airways will offer nonstop flights to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport from Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Myers. The new service will include four weekly flights between Palm Beach and Nassau.

Silver currently offers nonstop service from PBIA to Tampa and Marsh Harbour (Abacos).

“Silver Airways is an integral part of travel from PBI to the Bahamas,” said Bruce Pelly, Director of Airports for Palm Beach County. “We are very excited to offer our travelers the opportunity to fly Silver Airways nonstop to Nassau, Bahamas from PBI.”

Silver Airways said it is offering introductory fares for the new flights, including $79 one-way tickets from Palm Beach to Nassau. The promotion runs through Feb. 29 and is good for travel between June 1 and July 29.

“We are looking forward to continuing our commitment to serving travelers by growing our core markets in Florida and the Bahamas,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen. “We are also excited about Silver’s future continued expansion as we anticipate the U.S. and Cuba governments signing the bilateral agreement, which will open additional opportunities for scheduled service in the Caribbean and Cuba.”

 

Zika virus not impacting local hotels, tourism leaders say

Palm Beach County mosquito control officials fielded a handful of phone calls on Thursday from concerned tourists wary about traveling to the region after nine cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus were detected in four Florida counties, prompting Gov. Rick Scott to declare a health emergency.

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hotel room

Although no Zika cases have been reported in Palm Beach County, an official with the mosquito control division said the staff received at least six calls on Thursday from tourists who plan to travel here but had concerns about the virus, which has been linked with an epidemic of birth defects in Brazil.

At least one local hotel — Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa — said it was waiving cancellation fees as a result of the virus. Roger Amidon, the resort’s general manager and a member of the county’s Tourist Development Council, said one out-of-town guest, who is pregnant, had already canceled her trip.

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing agency, said tourists should “feel confident” that there have been no cases of the virus in Palm Beach County.

“The Palm Beaches are a desirable tourist destination, and we remain in close contact with the State Tourism Officials as well as the Palm Beach County Department of Health, Public Affairs and Mosquito Control to stay current with any developments,” said Jorge Pesquera, Discover’s president and CEO. “We have a well-funded and effective Mosquito Control department and feel confident that the county’s preventative measures will continue to protect the public.”

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Super Bowl fans to spend more on parties, gear this year

If you are having a Super Bowl party this year, you are probably going to spend a little more on food, supplies, and team gear.

CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: The Super Bowl trophy on display during the NFL Media Event, the day before Kickoff to the 2015 Season on September 9, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: The Super Bowl trophy on display during the NFL Media Event, the day before Kickoff to the 2015 Season on September 9, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

According to the National Retail Federation, football fans are expected to spend slightly more than they did for the Super Bowl in 2015.

Viewers and partygoers will spend an average of $82.19 on food, décor, team apparel and more, up from $77.88 last year, according to the federation’s Super Bowl Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics.

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Total Super Bowl-related spending is expected to top $15.5 billion.

“Two great teams going head-to-head and a historic game celebrating the 50th Super Bowl could make this one of the most-celebrated football games we’ve seen in some time,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We expect retailers will be aggressive with promotions on food and decorations as well as athletic wear and electronics in the coming days as they look to entice those planning to watch the Super Bowl.”

An estimated 188.9 million football fans plan to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers battle it out for the Super Bowl 50 championship title on Sunday, up from the estimated 183.7 million who planned to watch last year, the federation said.

“The excitement around the Super Bowl this year should help retailers and restaurants kick off 2016 on a positive track,” Shay said.

Of those watching the game, the federation’s survey found:

  • 34.7 percent say the football game is the most important part of the day (85 million) while 17.7 percent say the commercials are (43.4 million), and another 4.5 percent say enjoying the fun food is the most important for them (11 million);
  • 43.3 million fans are planning to throw a Super Bowl party (17.7%) while another 70 million say they’d rather let their friends and relatives do the hosting and attend one instead (28.6%);
  • 79.8 percent of partygoers and viewers will purchase food;
  • 7.7 percent of Americans are planning to purchase a new television to enjoy the game – (similar to last year’s 8.8 percent), which could amount to an estimated 8.6 million new televisions;
  • 11.1 percent of those planning to watch the game will buy new team apparel and/or accessories – an estimated 20.9 million new items purchased;
  • Nearly eight in 10 (78.6%) Americans say they view the commercials during the Super Bowl as entertainment, while 17.5 percent say they make them aware of advertisers’ brands, and 10.3 percent said they influence them to buy products from the advertisers.

AT&T is hiring in Palm Beach County

AT&T plans to fill nearly 125 jobs in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

By Stuart Pilbrow
By Stuart Pilbrow

The positions are for retail sales consultants, wire technicians and call center representatives, the company said.

In Palm Beach County, retail sales and wire technician openings are available in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Wellington, and Palm Beach Gardens.

AT&T is also hiring for retail positions in Jensen Beach Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Vero Beach.

To apply, visit http://connect.att.jobs/florida.

New York Post declares Palm Beach County is “actually cool”

Brace yourselves, Palm Beach County residents.  An influx of New Yorkers may be headed south to check out our hip restaurants and boutique hotels.

Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Construction continues on the Hilton West Palm Beach next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 14, 2015. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

In a big, bold headline on Tuesday, The New York Post proclaimed that Palm Beach County is “actually cool.”

The article was widely distributed by Palm Beach County tourism leaders, who heralded it as a major win for the region.

The article highlights several area attractions and boutique hotels, including the new 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, which is set to open this week next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

It marks the second time this month that the county’s tourism industry has been in the national spotlight.  The Wall Street Journal this month ran a feature story about Delray Beach’s tourism offerings.

Boca restaurant is giving away a year’s worth of free coffee

To celebrate its 4th anniversary, Corner Bakery Cafe in Boca Raton is giving away a year’s worth of free coffee to the first 100 customers in line when the restaurant opens at 7 a.m. on Jan. 29.

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The first 100 customers will get a  free commemorative travel mug and free daily refills of coffee with any purchase for one year, the restaurant said in a news release.

Corner Bakery Cafe is located at 2240 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton.

The restaurant offers artisan breads, hot breakfasts, made-to-order salads, sandwiches, paninis and pastas, soups and baked sweets.

 

Teachers eat free today at this restaurant

(Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
(Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Tijuana Flats, a Tex-Mex spot with several locations in Palm Beach County, is honoring teachers today (Dec. 28) with a free entrée.

The deal is available all Tijuana Flats locations to those with a valid teacher ID.

In Palm Beach County, the chain has restaurants in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Wellington, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens.