Tag Archives: Tourism

Dr. Beach names Top Spots by Donna Balancia

When asked by a Florida group to help get some ink from Dr. Beach, Donna arranged a visit by the famous beach scientist, whose ratings are anticipated annually.   By LAURA BLY, USA TODAY — With thousands of snowbirds pointing … Continue reading

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Steve Wynn: Name Clout Beyond Casinos

By Donna Balancia — LAS VEGAS — Steve Wynn’s name is all over this town, and a new lawsuit will likely bring him notoriety in the Philippines, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In a story by Chris Sieroty, the … Continue reading

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COMPANY TOWN : Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Courtesy of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association website — May 1, 2012 – Driven by solid same-store sales and traffic results and an increasingly bullish outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) matched its post-recession high … Continue reading

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Use Your Destination’s ‘Hidden Gems’ to Promote

Editor’s note: When we were tasked to promote a new website created by a local tourism office, we gave the story to the right person.   Dave Berman at Gannett created a great article that was picked up by the … Continue reading

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Price believes in Walt Disney’s policy of reinvestment

Price believes in Walt’s policy of reinvestment BY DONNA BALANCIA GANNETT Walt Disney knew how to create the magic, but Harrison “Buzz” Price knew where to put it. Price, a well-renowned theme-park strategist who got his start with the famous … Continue reading

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NASCAR Ban may hurt Tourism

By DONNA BALANCIA  — NASCAR’s ban on testing for 2009 was done to save money for participating teams, but it will cost Brevard County hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost tourism revenue, county officials estimate. Testing vehicles, a critical … Continue reading

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Greyhound racing goes to the dog

12 comments by DONNA BALANCIA – Oct. 28, 2008 07:17 AM Florida Today When New Yorker Robert Seilowitz used to vacation in Florida, he made it a regular habit to hit the dog track in Miami. “Going to bet the dogs was something you had … Continue reading

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Aquatica To Lure More Tourists – Balancia – GANNETT

Aquatica, which will open Mar. 1, will draw more tourists, said Joe Couciero, chief marketing officer for Busch Entertainment. His remarks came during a breakfast meeting organized by Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, which was followed by a brief … Continue reading

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Survey taps Soarin’ as best at Disney

Apr. 26th, 2007 at 3:03 PM Survey taps Soarin’ as best at Disney New guidebook gives tips on best rides, places to eat By Donna Balancia Florida Today Visitors to Walt Disney World Resort selected the Soarin’ virtual hang-glider tour … Continue reading

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Daytona’s Biketoberfest kick-starts Brevard’s tourist season

October 19, 2006 Daytona’s Biketoberfest kick-starts Brevard’s tourist season Visitors stay, play and pay on Space Coast BY DONNA BALANCIA FLORIDA TODAY Tim Buffaloe, owner of Beach Sportcycles motorcycle shop in Cocoa, looks forward to Biketoberfest every year. “With the … Continue reading

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