ISLAND & RESORT NEWS
AMI has ‘hot ticket’ for summer tourism
July, 2012 | By Rick Catlin | Islander Reporter
If the good weather that followed the passage of Tropical Storm Debby remains through late August, expect an abundance of visitors to Anna Maria Island, says Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman. “If we don’t get a storm like Debby, it’s going to be a great summer season, better than last year,” Brockman predicted. “There’s been nothing but good news from the rental agents and owners. Tourism to the Island has not slowed down since a brief spell in May. Usually, June tourism is slow, but not this year,” she said. Read article here...
BB P&Z approves 3 resort beer-wine applications
July, 2012 | By Mark Young | Islander Reporter
The Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board met June 28 for the first time since four members resigned in May after an April decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant pitted the commission against the P&Z. Read article here...
Anna Maria Island Chamber Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Anna Maria Island, Florida, March 14, 2012 -
The Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce held it's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5pm, celebrating the reopening of Anna Maria Island Resorts fourth resort, Tropic Isle Beach Resort.
They also previewed their new joint venture with Activision TV with the installation of the first interactive in-room hotel system in Florida. For additional photos check out our new Tropic Isle Inn Facebook!
Anna Maria Island Resorts Announces Joint Venture with Activision TV, Inc.
Anna Maria Island, Florida, March 12, 2012 -
Anna Maria Island Resorts properties have become the first flagship installation for Activision TV’s Interactive In-Room Hotel System in Florida.
Anna Maria Island Resorts announced today its arrangement to become the first Florida installation for Activision TV, Inc’s interactive “In-Room System” in its four resorts; the Tortuga Beach Resort, Tradewinds Resort, Sea Side Beach Resort and Tropical Isle Beach Resort. The Activision TV System will provide guests a personal on-screen menu offering a new level of service - from selecting movies to finding restaurants and local events – to surfing the internet – all from the privacy and convenience of an in-room 40 inch HDTV with a built in computer. The Activision TV System even allows guests to book reservations and purchase tickets right from their room!
David Teitelbaum, Anna Maria Island Resorts Manager said: “Our Resorts offer our guests a wide range of accommodations, ranging from smaller personal rooms to a 1,400 square foot luxury Suites. As resident hoteliers, we often find ourselves acting as Island hosts to our guests in helping them select restaurants and local activities. With the Activision TV In-room Concierge solution we’ll be able to provide these services 24/7 – and to present an easy way for guests to browse options and make plans that meet their own personal schedules. Unlike older commercials, these new in-room HD screens display digital ads that are actually interactive, allowing a guest to book a reservation with us for a future stay; or to lock in times and dates with VIP status at the area’s finest local restaurants. Indeed, guests who plan their own trips in advance can actually reach out beyond booking their room with us to also reserve meals and local activities here right through our Resort website! The same local businesses have the opportunity to become featured on the in-room Systems where the guests will see exclusive programming right in their rooms! And different programs are available for advertising sponsors, from still screen rotating ads to video infomercials and even pre-paid ticket sales where purchases can be charged or booked to a guest’s room! Once we have fully established the program here on Anna Maria Island, we will work with Activsion TV to make the System available to other hotels in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.” Read Entire Article...
Tropic Isle Purchased
December 2011 - BRADENTON BEACH -
Developer David Teitelbaum & partners are expanding their Bradenton Beach resort portfolio. Last week, they purchased the Tropic Isle Beach Resort at 101 22nd Street, located across from their SeaSide Inn Beach Resort.
The 15-unit Tropic Isle was purchased from Iberia Bank on December 2, 2011 & cost $1.2 million. Plans include spending about one-half million for a complete “make over”. “We will bring Tropic Isle up to the high standards of our other resorts” according to Teitelbaum. “Opening is scheduled for mid-February”. Read article here...