| Nov 13, 2013
| 11:38 AM
For most the hotel bar is no more a destination than the hotel itself. It's a place to kill time. When I hear that George Thorogood song "I Drink Alone," I picture him sitting at a generic hotel bar: Low lights, cheap drinks and a gruff but friendly...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 9:57 AM
After Orange County's announcement that it collected a record $187 million in tourist taxes, other local governments reported strong years for the lodging tax as well.
Osceola County confirmed last week that it, too, posted record collections for its...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 5:15 PM
Walt Disney Co. reported another quarter of double-digit profit growth Thursday, boosted by higher summer prices for tickets and hotel rooms at Walt Disney World and the company's other theme-park resorts.
The results capped a fiscal year in which...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 4:28 PM
Orange County has good news for both hoteliers and fans of Orlando's sports and performance venues: Tourist-tax collections hit a record $187 million this year.
Revenue from the 6 percent nightly room tax is a barometer for the health of Orlando's...
| Nov 5, 2013
After Linda Grimes accidentally cracked the windshield on her uninsured Enterprise rental car, she imagined a worst-case scenario unfolding, including months of back-and-forth between her and the company's legendary claims department.
She says that the...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 12:07 PM
Most people probably wouldn't consider downtown Miami's Omni neighborhood an especially dangerous place. Overlooking Biscayne Bay, the area is home to sleek condominium skyscrapers, a $470 million performing-arts center and the historic Miami Women's...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Don't head to the new downtown Aloft hotel in hopes of checking out its restaurant. There isn't one.
The newest addition to Orlando's lodging scene said it purposefully left out a full-service dining option. The hotel has a lobby bar called w xyz Bar,...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 7:46 AM
TALLAHASSEE — Casino giants laying the groundwork for Florida expansion are suggesting Orlando is fading as a bastion for resistance.
But critics are claiming they're also creating a mirage by suggesting voters now prefer local votes to authorize...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 2:59 PM
Step inside the former OUC headquarters on South Orange Avenue, and you might never know that this 1960s-era building is where many Orlandoans once went to pay their electric bills.
It is now the newly opened Aloft hotel, home to 118 rooms, a chic lobby...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 10:58 AM
City Hall plans to give $1.7 million to help the Orlando Magic build a sports-and-entertainment complex downtown.
Orlando officials say the taxpayer money will ensure downtown Orlando gets something it badly needs: conference space.
"If you ask me...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 11:15 AM
THE PRINCIPLES OF PUMPKIN CARVING: 2 p.m. Oct. 25; South Creek Library, 1702 Deerfield Blvd., Orlando. Halloween with Scott "Stormin" Norman. Learn about knife safety, carving techniques, pumpkin science and other crafts. Free. 407-...