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

Hotel Condo Services, LLC is Announcing its Management Contract with Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West in Kissimmee, Fl.

Kissimmee Fla. (PRWEB) January 6, 2008

The Kissimmee, Fl. based management company Hotel Condo Services, LLC is announcing its management contract with Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West in Kissimmee, Fl. This is the fifth contract of its type for HCS. Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West is located at 8536 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee Fl., and is conveniently located within minutes to all Orlando attractions.

At Destiny Palms Hotel Maingate West, you’ll experience warm hospitality and luxury amenities unlike any other condo hotel in the area. Located less than one mile from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, less than three miles from the Main Entrance to the Walt Disney World

Gaylord Palms Resort General Manager John Caparella Named ‘Outstanding GM of the Year’ by American Hotel & Lodging Association

Kissimmee, FL (PRWEB) April 29, 2005

It was announced today that John Caparella, Gaylord Palms Resort senior vice president and general manager, was recognized as the American Hotel & Lodging Association

Looking for a “Free Ride?” — Orlando-Area Resort Provides the Next Best Thing — Gaylord Palms Resort Will Offer $75 to Cover Higher Gasoline Prices

KISSIMMEE, FL (PRWEB) April 19, 2004 -–

Drive. Walk. Fly. Take a train. Ride a bike. No matter how they get there, guests of Gaylord Palms Resort this summer will receive a $ 75 credit to cover the higher cost of gasoline. The Orlando-area resort will provide the room credit to guests who stay at least three nights from June 15 through Sept. 6 and make a reservation using the promotion code FREEGAS.

“We’re doing what we can to make the higher cost of travel a little more affordable for our guests,” said John Caparella, general manager. “As the cost of gasoline continues to rise, we want our guests to spend their hard-earned vacation money on Orlando activities, rather than the trip here.”

The landmark resort is five minutes from Walt Disney World in the Kissimmee-St. Cloud resort area of Central Florida. Gaylord Palms features innovative restaurants, the 4-star Canyon Ranch SpaClub, and colorful Florida themes showcased throughout a soaring 4.5-acre glass-topped atrium and each of its 1,406 guest rooms.

Summer visitors can enjoy the resort’s “Best of Florida Festival,” a new family experience that celebrates favorite events of the Sunshine State. Guests can also see what’s new at Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, including “Mission: Space” at Epcot, “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” at Magic Kingdom, and “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride” at Universal Orlando.

Room rates vary over the course of the promotion. Offer is valid for stays from June 15 through Sept. 6. Minimum 3-night stay required. Reservations must be made by July 15 and rooms are subject to availability. $ 75 will be credited to guests’ total hotel bill at the end of stay. The offer is not valid for groups, with other offers or promotions, or on existing reservations.

To make a reservation, guests should call the Gaylord Palms reservation office at 877-725-6773.

About Gaylord Palms

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center has gained the attention of the meeting and convention industry by providing world-class convention and leisure-focused amenities – all in one place. The award-winning Gaylord Palms is a Gaylord Hotels-branded property owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit or

[Editor’s Contact: Keith Salwoski, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, 407-586-0315]

[Guest Contact: Gaylord Palms reservations, 877-725-6773]

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Gaylord Palms Resort Launches New Holiday Resource for Orlando Visitors Provides Information for Yule-tide Travelers

Kissimmee, FL (PRWEB) September 27, 2006

Visitors to Orlando have a new resource for planning a holiday getaway. A new website,, offers a “one-stop shop” for information about special events, theme park activities, shopping, and worship. The site is presented by Gaylord Palms Resort, the “headquarters” of the holiday season in Central Florida.

The website’s extensive calendar of events features complete details and tips about activities held around the destination and at Orlando’s world-famous theme parks, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. In addition, it includes information about ICE!, the popular Gaylord Palms walk-through attraction hand carved from nearly two million pounds of ice, and Best of Florida Christmas, the resort’s annual holiday celebration.

“Orlando has long been a popular destination for the holidays,” said Kemp Gallineau, Gaylord Palms Resort general manager. “For the past four years, we have found that our guests are quite creative in combining Orlando’s holiday activities with the events we host here on site. To make it easier, we’ve created this website to help our guests create a custom holiday getaway.” includes several sections, including:

Event Listings: A complete listing of holiday events throughout Orlando, including live stage performances (like “Nutcracker”), holiday theater (such as “Miracle on 34th Street”), parades (like the popular 26th Annual Orlando Citrus Bowl Parade), and concerts (like Marie Osmond’s Holiday Concert).

Theme Park Events: Orlando’s theme parks get into the act with special holiday programming like “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” at Magic Kingdom, “Candlelight Processional” at Epcot, “MACY’S Holiday Parade” at Universal Studios, and the “Makahiki Christmas Luau” at SeaWorld.

Shopping: Users can visit one single page to get shopping hours and updates about Orlando’s most popular shopping experiences, including Mall at Millenia, The Florida Mall, and CityWalk.

Where’s Santa?: Finding Santa in Orlando has gotten easier, thanks to this feature. Get the scoop on the Jolly Ole Fella before you visit!

Worship: A list of churches and synagogues in Orlando to ensure visitors won’t miss religious observances of the holidays.

Holiday Planner: A tool to help plan a holiday visit to Orlando.

Photo Gallery: Photos of Orlando’s holiday events, including ICE! and Best of Florida Christmas.


The holiday season is the “most wonderful time of the year” to visit Central Florida, where the magic of Orlando combines with the splendor of Christmas for a heart-warming family getaway! The entire town gets into the spirit… from the airport to the hotels and attractions. is your complete resource for the Christmas holiday season in Orlando Florida, including a calendar of holiday events and theme park updates. debuted in September, 2006. It was designed and created on behalf of Gaylord Palms Resort by Red Rocket, an award-winning Orlando advertising design corporation specializing in brand development and promotion.

Organizers of Orlando-area events can request to have their event listed by visiting

About Gaylord Palms Resort

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center has gained the attention of the meeting and convention industry by providing world-class convention and leisure-focused amenities — all in one place. The award-winning Gaylord Palms is a Gaylord Hotels-branded property owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. For more information, visit or


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