First Look at Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President/CEO Carol Dover to Headline Local Hospitality Events

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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association luncheon on September 1st at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota.
by Carol Erickson
Florida is blessed with the world’s finest beaches, culture and beautiful blue skies, but what also brings tourists to our state in record numbers is the many award-winning restaurants and resorts that are abundant in our state.
With taking so many these treasures for granted,  it was an eye opener to be invited to discover one of the most influential trade associations here in Florida that has protected, educated and promoted Florida’s $82 billion  hospitality industry.  The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is a non-profit trade association run by President and CEO, Carol Dover.
Dover has successfully served as the leader of the more than 10,000 members and was the guest speaker on Tuesday at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in downtown Sarasota. It was of great interest to learn a few indisputable facts about the hospitality industry in Florida and how they have benefited the economy and promoted job growth.  It is an $82 billion dollar industry, hires more than 1.1 million employees and is more than 23% of Florida’s economy.  This year alone, the association boasts another record year.  Florida hits an all-time record high for tourism with more than 54.1 million visitors in just the first half of 2015.  If this trend continues, Florida is expected to reach over 100 million visitors in 2015.
We wish the Florida Restaurant Association continued success and are grateful for their enormous contribution to The Sunshine State that we all call home!

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association President/CEO to Headline Local Hospitality Events

– Carol Dover Slated to Attend Events in Sarasota & St. Pete Beach on September 1 –
(Tampa, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is proud to present business leaders an opportunity to hear hospitality industry insights directly from FRLA President and CEO, Carol Dover. Dover is slated to be at two separate events on Tuesday, September 1, at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota and Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach.

As the FRLA President and CEO, Dover works to protect, educate, and promote the diverse interests of Florida’s hospitality industry before the Florida Legislature and lobbies against unfair government regulation. The industry represents a $82 billion industry, 23% of Florida’s economy, $4.6 billion in sales tax revenue, and more than one million employees, making it Florida’s largest employer.

Dover has led the more than 10,000 member association since July of 1995. She is a professional association manager, a lobbyist, a former government insider, and a Florida State University Dedman School of Hospitality graduate with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. Dover is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Council of State Restaurant Associations, International Society of Hotel Association Executives, VISIT FLORIDA, Florida Tourism Commission, Florida TaxWatch, and the Florida Horse Park. Dover is the recipient of the prestigious Dedman School of Hospitality Alumna of the Year Award, and the first-ever Dick Pope Legacy Award, recognizing leaders who have strengthened the sustainability of Florida’s hospitality and tourism industries.


11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
The 5th Annual Suncoast Chapter Luncheon

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Cost: $25 Per Person

3:30 – 5:30 PM
FRLA Pinellas & Hillsborough Chapter Meeting

Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Cost: $23 Per Member, $28 Per Future Member

Please click here for information on the Suncoast Chapter Luncheon or click here for the Pinellas & Hillsborough Chapter Meeting.

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $82 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy and more than 1.1 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, October 6-8, 2015 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.
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