Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Honored with Elusive Gold Elite ‘Double Crown’

Kissimmee, FL (Vocus) August 6, 2008

Gaylord Palms has received the “Double Crown” of meetings industry awards.

Meetings and Conventions magazine has announced that Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. is the winner of its two highest honors for 2008: Gold Platter Elite and Gold Key Elite Awards.

The annual awards, established to define the “best of the best,” honors the top meetings property (Gold Key Elite) and catering department (Gold Platter Elite) based on overall professionalism and quality, as well as excellence displayed in creativity and culinary experience. In earning their ‘Elite’ status, winning properties were not only voted as one of the finest experienced by M&C readers, but these outstanding hotels and catering departments finished among the top five overall worldwide in each category – as measured by total votes cast by the industry.

Basing their selections on the overall quality, M&C selected these Gold Key Elite and Gold Platter Elite properties as the finest they’ve experienced for 2008. This year, 199 hotels and resorts were honored as Gold Key winners, and a total of 30 domestic and international properties were honored as Gold Platter winners. In each category, only five achieved the ‘Elite’ level.

M&C readers, representing the highest level of meeting and incentive professionals, based their selections on strict criteria which included: enthusiasm and professionalism of staff; quality of food presentation; creativity of menu; originality of theme-party concepts; helpfulness and budgeting considerations; excellence of staff service and ambiance of dining rooms. In addition, the resort was judged on: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; quality of food and beverage service; proficiency of handling reservations; technical/support equipment, and range of recreational facilities.

“By exceeding the levels of excellence set by their peers, the Gold Elite properties greatly impressed M&C’s readers and gained the votes of the industry’s most important critics,” states Bernard W. Schraer, Meetings & Conventions Group Publisher. “Knowing the overall success of an event may rely on the quality of service provided, these exceptional properties consistently rose to the occasion. The M&C staff proudly applauds the properties that have demonstrated the qualities required to achieve the Gold Elite status.”

Gaylord Palms Resort has earned the Gold Key Award every year since 2003. The resort was honored with the Gold Key Elite and Gold Platter Elite designations in 2004 and 2007 respectively.

Gaylord Palms Resort has been honored in 2008 with several prestigious meetings industry awards, including the Medical Meetings Merit & Distinction Award, Corporate Meetings & Incentives Paragon Award, Successful Meetings Pinnacle Award, and Association Meetings Inner Circle Award.

The resort will be featured in Meetings and Conventions’ Gold Awards issue, published this November.

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Gaylord Palms Resort Rocks Orlando this Summer with ‘SUMMER ROCKS! at Gaylord Palms’

Kissimmee, Fla. (Vocus) June 16, 2009

Summer visitors to Gaylord Palms Resort will have an opportunity to live large, kick back and rock on, thanks to a new summer roster of activities called “SUMMER ROCKS! at Gaylord Palms.”

SUMMER ROCKS!, which runs through Aug. 27, is open to all guests staying at the Orlando-area resort. The program features activities for all ages, including:

– GUITAR HERO COMPETITION: A chance to channel your inner-Metallica and show off your virtual guitar awesomeness, perfected by hours of late-night Xbox-infused guitar gluttony. If you’ve got magic fingers, you may find yourself at the end-of-the-night finale, with your own audience… and a chance to win a night’s stay! (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

– POOL JAM: The life of a rock star includes countless hours at the pool (perfect to nurse the blister on their little finger, or that blister on the thumb!). Enjoy a dip at our new Clearwater Cove water activities playground, while our DJ spins today’s tunes and provides an evening of rock star fun! (Wednesday and Saturday nights)

– BOOGIE NIGHTS GOLF: Spread your summer lovin’ spirit and shake your groove thang while enjoying a round of sun-free glow-in-the-dark golf. Shine at the mystery hole and you could win a prize! (Nightly)

– ROADIES CHALLENGE: You’re the roadie and you have one responsibility… keep track of the band’s guitars. Oops. You’ve wandered off and their entire collection is missing. Search the Gaylord Palms atriums to find them all, and you can enter to win a prize! (Daily)

– LIL’ ROCK STAR CHALLENGE: Wee rockers (up to age 10) can travel the Gaylord Palms atrium, following clues and filling their rack star goodie bag. (Daily)

– FLORIDA TOUR 2009 – THE BAR CRAWL: Take a rock tour of the Sunshine State and enjoy a special drink at each Gaylord Palms lounge. Complete your entire tour and receive your very own t-shirt, to prove your legendary status! (Nightly)

– ROCK STARS OF THE KITCHEN: Your opportunities to meet the stars of our award-winning restaurants, during our chef “meet and greet.” (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

– MORNING DETOX: Join us at South Beach Pool after 10 a.m. and flow through the morning, allowing the music to become “one” with your emotions. DETOX is about hanging with your friends and sharing moments of pleasure. Sit back, and relax and channel past sunsets, martini lounges, Caf

Gaylord Hotels Promotes Holiday ‘Grandtravel’ – Make Christmas Memories with ‘Grandparents Stay and Play Free’ Package

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 10, 2009

If there is a positive outcome of this fickle economy, it is that families are spending less money on frivolous things and more time with each other.

Remember Romance Package at Gaylord Hotels Sizzles for Valentine’s Day and Simmers All Winter Long

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) January 20, 2011

In the spirit of celebrating romance beyond the traditional “day of love,” Gaylord Hotels is offering the Remember Romance package at its four luxury hotels in some of the country’s most desirable destinations. Available throughout the winter and spring seasons in most locations, guests can always find an opportunity to indulge in a couples’ getaway, on Valentine’s Day or “just because,” in an environment that provides all the amenities, entertainment and delectable dining that promises a memorable occasion, every time.

“One of our missions at Gaylord Hotels is to be the perfect backdrop to all of life’s special occasions,” said Amy Atkinson, vice president of leisure marketing and public relations, Gaylord Hotels. “Valentine’s Day is, of course, a wonderful opportunity to spend special time with the ones we love. But we believe the reason ‘Remember Romance’ has been so popular is because our guests want to celebrate their relationships any time, not just on one day. So we’re offering this package again beyond February 14th to make that easier for our guests to do.”

The Remember Romance package includes:

One night room accommodations at any of four Gaylord Hotels resorts, located in Nashville, Tennessee; Kissimmee, Florida; Grapevine, Texas (near Dallas;) and National Harbor, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.)
A romantic welcome amenity upon arrival, which includes champagne plus a special treat
Breakfast for two
Twenty-percent off select spa services at the award-winning Rel

Gaylord Hotels Uncovers Trend in Leisure Travel

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) October 1, 2009

The Unforgettable Anniversary Weekend package at Gaylord Hotels, launched in May 2009, has been the fastest-selling and most popular package for the brand this year. And with October now second only to June as the most popular wedding month*, the brand’s four hotels are gearing up to play romantic host to the many couples who will celebrate with them this month.

Gaylord Hotels? ?Rooms for Good? Program to Benefit Autism Society During Month of July

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) June 14, 2011

Celebrating patriotism during the month of July is a familiar American pastime, and to many, that spirit is demonstrated by giving to a worthy cause. Gaylord Hotels is offering guests a special opportunity to give back while enjoying a summer getaway, and the funds raised will enhance the lives of those affected by autism. The Autism Society has been selected as the featured charity to benefit from the brand?s Rooms for Good co-operative marketing/fundraising program. During the month of July, all Gaylord Hotels properties will donate 10 percent of the Rooms for Good package rate to the Autism Society.

?Individuals with autism and their families come to the Autism Society, a network of more than 100 chapters nationwide, because we provide support, community and assistance to those navigating an often confusing spectrum of services and supports,? said Scott Badesch, interim president & CEO of the Autism Society. ?The Autism Society is grateful to Gaylord Hotels and its guests for their generosity and support, which will help us expand our services, programs and advocacy efforts to fulfill our mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism.?

Gaylord Hotels will also use its online advertising, public relations and social media platforms to help generate more awareness for the Autism Society.

?The response so far to our Rooms for Good program has been overwhelmingly positive,? said Amy Atkinson, vice president of leisure marketing and public relations, Gaylord Hotels. ?It?s been heartwarming to learn how many of our guests are personally committed to the charities with which we?ve been working, and how they are appreciative for another chance to be philanthropic, even while they are on vacation. The Autism Society is an important organization, and we hope this partnership helps them achieve their goals.?

The Rooms for Good program features a different charity each month. In addition to raising money for non-profit organizations, Gaylord Hotels also will aim to raise awareness of the cause through traditional marketing and social media efforts. Package rates start at $ 179* per couple/per night and include one-night accommodations and breakfast for two. This special rate will be offered to guests that stay at the hotel within a specific time frame.

*The rate varies per resort and excludes tax, parking and resort fee. More information is available at

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Spread Holiday Cheer by Sharing Christmas Memories Online and Win Grand Prize Resort Stay with Gaylord Hotels

tely transported to a fanciful world of thousands of twinkling lights, colorful trees, over-

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) December 3, 2009

“Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us.” ~Oscar Wilde

Christmas memories come in all shapes and sizes. Whether big moments or small, Gaylord Hotels invites families to capture them in a new online community during a time when sharing takes on a special meaning. The ” Share Christmas Memories with Gaylord Hotels” promotion was created to celebrate the spirit of the holidays, encouraging people to connect in a personal and emotional way by showcasing the funny, tender and precious moments that make Christmas last forever. As an added bonus, participants will also have a chance to win a stay at one of America’s four most festive resorts.

“Every day, Gaylord Hotels bring thousands of people together to share moments and memories, especially during the Christmas season,” said Rich Maradik, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Gaylord Hotels. “Our expertise in entertaining our guests translates into lasting memories that are far more meaningful when shared with others. So we are using the power of the Internet to enable our guests, their families and friends to share their favorite Christmas moments, wherever they have taken place.”

Everyone is invited to upload a favorite photo, pen a poem, write a story or post a video that exemplifies their personal spirit of Christmas. Family, friends and colleagues are sure to enjoy becoming part of this Christmas memory community by viewing the posts and sharing their own. Joining the fun is simple: visit from now through Dec. 28, 2009 to take part. The randomly chosen winner receives a Grand Prize trip for two to the Gaylord resort of their choice, which includes an atrium garden room for two nights, daily breakfast buffet, one spa treatment per person at Rel

Gaylord Hotels Launches New Website

Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) February 22, 2010

Gaylord Hotels is launching a new website today designed to immerse customers in the true Gaylord Hotels experience. Visitors to will encounter an improved, engaging journey with an interactive platform designed to illustrate a stay at one of the brand’s four properties. In addition, the site provides comprehensive information for travelers about each of its four mega resorts, located in Nashville, Tenn., Kissimmee, Fla., National Harbor, Md., and Grapevine, Texas, as well as a suite of tools for meeting and conventions planners.

“When a guest enters any of our hotels for the first time, they have this awestruck ‘wow’ moment when they see our sweeping, glass-covered atriums and the grand architecture that greets them,” said Rich Maradik, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Gaylord Hotels. “And from the first interaction with one of our STARS at check-in, until one of our bellmen bids them a safe trip home, they continue to be delighted as they discover all of the amenities, services and special touches that make a visit to a Gaylord property unforgettable. Now, for the first time, the experience of our website is aligned with the experience of our brand.”

While the end product is a panorama of beautiful imagery, comprehensive information and user-friendly interactive features, the strategic thinking that went into developing the site reflects the data-driven, decision making orientation of Gaylord Hotels and the full use of technology to convey information. “We really dove into the profiles of our visitors, including not only who they are, but how they spend time on our site,” said Maradik. “The results in some areas were really eye-opening. For example, we learned that although a good portion of our business comes from large group meetings, only a small percentage of our site traffic (5 percent) were meeting and convention planners. The larger amount of visitors (95 percent) are leisure visitors and meeting attendees, both of whom want to get a full sense of our offerings, but from a different perspective. So the new site does a wonderful job of speaking to the experience of being here, the amenities we offer and the sense of space and place that lives with guests well beyond their actual visit.”

With an eye toward reaching all audience segments, the new site also includes:

An “experience” toolbar, which allows guests to visualize each property’s unique features
Several 360 degree virtual tours of each property’s atriums, facilities and guest rooms
“Sunny G” hotspots, which are links throughout the imagery that elaborate on facilities within the properties
Easy-to-use booking function with instant confirmation
Meeting planners tool kit area, including: customizable attendance boosters, floor plan images, and an instant quote request form for each property
Interviews with Gaylord Hotels’ STARS
Video testimonials from Gaylord Hotels’ guests
Information on the latest package offers and events
Detailed information on nearby attractions and dining options
Cutting-edge technologies were used to capture the stunning images that reflect the epic, grand scale of each property. A number of bold techniques were used to shoot the video, including the use of a remote-control helicopter for aerial video, a jib for sweeping shots, Steadi-cam for interviews and time-lapse for special effects. Still imagery includes 360 degree, architectural and lifestyle shots, all of which combine to provide extraordinary perspectives and bring the properties to life.

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Gaylord Hotels and Teach For America Join Forces

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) July 15, 2011

This August, Gaylord Hotels honors teachers across the country through its partnership with Teach For America. As Gaylord Hotels? Rooms for Good featured charity during this month, Teach For America will receive 10 percent of the total Rooms for Good package rate booked at all four of the brand?s resorts.

Teach For America is a national nonprofit that recruits, trains, and supports top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in under-resourced schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity. This fall, 9,300 corps members will be teaching in 43 regions across the country, impacting 600,000 students.

?We?re grateful to be Gaylord Hotels? selected charity this month,? said Kyle Ridaught, vice president of corporate relations at Teach For America. ?This support will help us to continue to recruit, train, and develop teachers to work in high-need schools across the country and lead their students to academic and lifelong success.?

The exclusive Teach For America Rooms for Good package rates start at $ 179* per couple/per night, based on availability and include one night?s accommodations at one of Gaylord Hotels? four properties, located in some of America?s most popular destinations, including the Washington, D.C. metro area, just outside of Orlando, Fla., in the heart of America?s Country Music Capital, Nashville, Tenn., and in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, in the Lone Star State. Gaylord Hotels? partnership with Teach For America also offers teachers a discounted room rate starting at $ 139* per couple/per night, based on availability**. The Teach For America Rooms for Good package is available throughout the month of August.

?As a hotel company that caters to the family market during August, and with ?back to school? just around the corner, we believe this cause will resonate with our customers,? said Amy Atkinson, Gaylord Hotels? vice president of leisure marketing and public relations. ?The outpouring of support for our Rooms for Good program has been heartwarming. We?re excited to be working with the Teach For America organization, and we know our guests will be enthusiastic about their mission.?

Rooms for Good is a co-operative marketing and fundraising program that features a different charity each month. In addition to raising money for non-profit organizations, Gaylord Hotels raises awareness of the cause through its advertising, public relations and social media platforms.

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