ORLANDO – The association representing Central Florida’s fast-growing vacation home industry is gearing up for its annual Trade Show in November, promising a lot of special activities for the business owners and property managers who attend.
“Our trade show is next month, and it is entirely going to be about moving your company forward and educating your employees,” said Jeff Chase, a broker with the real estate firm Vacation Home Store, and a member of the board of directors for the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association.
“We’ve got some cool stuff this year,” said Chase, who is coordinating the trade show for the association. CFVRMA represents property managers who oversee vacation homes that are rented out on a short term basis to the region’s visitors and tourists.
The CFVRMA’s 2011 Annual Trade Show will be on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World.
Not surprisingly, Chase said, Disney staff will be on hand to assist the property managers through workshops and presentations.
“Representatives of the Disney Institute will be there, and they’re going to be doing 90-minute presentations on business success,” Chase said. “There’s going to be tons of great information at this event.”
The vacation home industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade, particularly in Polk and Osceola counties. These are fully furnished houses that have multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, a game room and a private pool, and appeal to families that come to this region and want more space than a hotel room provides.
The CFVRMA bills itself on its web site as “THE voice of the vacation home rental industry. Our aim is to ensure that vacation home owners and their guests are treated ethically and efficiently.”
The trade show is the association’s largest event of the year, and Chase said there are still a few booths available for anyone who wants to market products and services to the people attending it. To learn more, email Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 1-866-766-1972.
This isn’t the only event that CFVRMA is hosting in the coming weeks.
“We have lots and lots and lots coming up over the next couple of months,” said Tim Justynski, the association’s social committee chairman.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, the association is having a business after hours at Capone’s Dinner & Show on U.S. 192 in Kissimmee, starting at 6:15 p.m. The cost to attend is $20.
“It’s going to be a good night,” Justynski said.
Then on Wednesday, Nov. 16, CFVRMA is hosting a golf tournament at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Kissimmee, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The cost to enter is $280 per team or $70 per individual.
The proceeds from this event will go to the CFVRMA’s selected charity for 2011, the Green Bag Project, which is based in ChampionsGate and provides food to needy families in Central Florida. Green Bag also adopts local schools and provides food to the students.
Finally, the association will host its annual Christmas Party at SeaWorld on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 6-11 p.m. The cost to attend is $15 per person.
That’s a real bargain, Justynski said.
“We have access to the park that evening, and access to the shows, so it will be a really good night for us,” he said.
Colin Young, the president of the association, said these efforts demonstrate how well organized this association is.
“It takes a lot of time and effort to put all these things together,” he said.
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