As you celebrate the 4th of July with your festive red, white and blue desserts, and your awesome barbecue menu, you’ll likely want to commemorate the day with family and friends; you always notice the beauty, but today it is more so because the trees are no longer bare. The sun is warm. People are out. It is finally summer!
So whether you plan on celebrating with a backyard BBQ or by watching Florida’s fireworks show, these 4 stunning properties are all about the red, white and blue:
Six more weeks of winter is on the way. Punxsutawney Phil made his prediction around 7:25 a.m. ET Wednesday at Gobbler’s Knob.
From parties at the Magic Kingdom to stunning ice sculpture exhibits at Gaylord Palms, Orlando still has a festive feel. Just without the snow that turns to slush and having to run back inside every 10 minutes so you don’t get frostbite.
If you’re looking for winter activities in Orlando, the weather is perfect for teeing off on the region’s many courses. One of the best golfing locations – Reunion Resort – is the only place in the world where you can play signature-designed courses by 3 of golf’s greatest legends: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson. The Kissimmee-based resort is home to a host of luxury villas, as well as restaurants, bars and other amenities. It is conveniently located just 6 miles from Disney World and 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Another top golfing spot is Champions Gatewhere you’ll find two 18-hole golf courses designed by Australian golfing legend Greg Norman. The resort has a golf school and a driving range on-site, along with a swanky clubhouse offering post-game refreshments and equipment rental. Champions Gateis home to a number of high-end vacation rentals, as well as a water park, swimming pools, restaurants, sports courts and a nearby shopping village.
Visit the theme parks
No matter what time of year you visit Orlando, you’ll find exciting events and thrilling rides at the theme parks. However, if you visit in winter, you’ll be greeted by some serious wow factor at both Disney World and Universal Resort.
At Disney World there are more winter events going on. Besides Disney’s awe-inspiring holiday decorations, there’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which features colorful parades, live shows and amazing fireworks across Magic Kingdom park. At Epcot you’ll find food, music and traditional celebrations from across the globe. And at Hollywood Studios there’s the new Sunset Seasons Greetings attraction, boasting falling snow, twinkling lights and iconic Disney characters.
ICE! at Gaylord Palms
One of the most stunning displays in Orlando in winter is ICE! at Gaylord Palms, a magnificent ice sculpture experience. It’s truly an experience, because not only do you walk among the larger than life ice sculptures and ice sculpture landscapes, but you can also take your turn sliding down icy slides, sledding down indoor snow hills, and spending time meeting Santa and walking through Santa’s grotto.
Our CFO, Bruno Scarabottolo, attended this year’s Internacional Conference to check the latest Tourism updates and forecasts on Rental Markets and Hotel Markets for Florida, participating in panel discussions including:
• Business Strategy • Data and Revenue Management • Finance and Legal Operations • Guest Relations • Housekeeping and Maintenance
It is a pleasure to meet with old friends and new ones at this International Conference to be able to talk about our management company and market! We saw that WVH is Outperforming with our System and techniques ahead of the market media performance overall and have great solutions for all areas we serve due to our hotel experience (3rd generation Hotel Owners) and knowledge of our rental market actuation area for more than 7 years in Florida.
We also received the feedback information about the low occupancy happening since Covid-19 pandemic and still affecting our market in US (both Hotel and Rentals Market), specially on Low Season (Due travel restrictions for international travelers and Delta Variant Marketing plus face-to-face School Classes comeback after Aug 15). The forecast to return Occupancy as 2019 index basis stated that is expected to be between 1 and 2 years more before the pre-pandemic occupancy and demand. Also on the contrary, they saw the ADR increase during the last 3 months of Summer (June, July and August), and this was in sync with WVH trends and feeling of market. Everybody is expecting the reopening for international markets for travelers to the USA in November as the great turn and ignition to more stable performance.
WVH also set new partnerships during this conference improving marketing and sales performance. We also received possibility to increase networking from our company with new partners and companies, which will bring us more business and high performance results.
We are in the last steps for integrating sales with Marriott Bonvoy (More than 150 Million Users World Wide), FindRentals (Experienced Bookings Provider), and Google Rentals (Driving Direct Bookings with this new Channel).
Finally WVH was able to meet with the great Experienced Rentals Gurus as @MattLandau (PM and Founder of VRMB) and @MattRoberts (30.000 V.Homes and 800M/y sales), and discuss ideas about future changes, predictions, and position on the market. Great solutions are coming from those meetings!!
We are very proud to see that WVH is aligned with the most modern and greatest U.S systems to produce the best results and most high occupancies as possible while delivering a great guest experience with our full service property Management Company focus on Hotel Experience and High Performance, our team is delivering a super over market result where we serve and work hard daily to keep these standards at Wonder Vacation Homes!
Florida governor Ron DeSantis on Monday lifted all Covid-19 restrictions in the US state, effective immediately, citing the effectiveness and availability of vaccines.
DeSantis signed a law invalidating local emergency orders — which impose restrictions due to Covid-19 — effective July 1, and then signed an executive order that bridges the gap between now and then.
“That’s the evidence thing to do,” the Republican governor said at a news conference in St Petersburg, referring to the reduction in infections and deaths as the vaccine rollout continues.
Nearly nine million people — out of a total of 23 million residents — have had at least one dose of the vaccine in Florida, according to the US health department.
“At this point, the people that haven’t been vaccinated is certainly not because a lack of supply or a lack of availability,” he added.
The vaccine was made available last Friday for everyone over the age of 16 without the need for proof of state residency, a document that had been required since January to cope with the initial high demand.
This enabled vaccinations for undocumented migrants, who had difficulty proving their residency, and, tacitly, so-called vaccine tourism.
DeSantis criticized the strict security measures that remain in place in other states.
He said that those who still say they need to police residents are therefore saying they “don’t believe in the vaccines.”
Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available, in many cases without appointment, at federal, state and county centers; in addition to numerous pharmacies and supermarkets.
DeSantis added that neither the state nor county and municipal governments can close businesses for failing to comply with pandemic measures.