A week devoted to attractions in Orlando

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has chosen Orlando for its annual expo. The Event will take pace at the Orange County Convention Center this week. Over 25,000 people are expected to attend the show coming from more than 100 countries. “We would encourage people to buy tickets early as they may sell out throughout the week,” said Colleen Mangone, manager of media relations for IAAPA.

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A quicker way through security for Southwest Airlines clients

Southwest Airline has joined the TSA PreCheck program at Orlando International Airport . It allows frequent flyers to go through security with minimum effort – without having to take their shoes, jackets or belts off and with their latop in its case. Jerry Henderson, who runs TSA in Orlando, estimates the TSA Pre line is, on average, three times faster than going the usual route.

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Living in Disney World

Golden-Oak1Disney World is a place which every child wants to visit. And after seeing it – dreams to stay there. And not just every little kid, I mean child-at-heart grownups too. For almost two years now some grownups have a chance to make their dream come true.

The Golden Oak Gated Community is the only place in the world where homeowners actually live on Disney park property. 980 acres have been set aside for the company to build up to 450 homes at Lake Buena Vista – some within eyesight of the famous Cinderella Castle fireworks. Approximately 100 homes are already built and most of them are sold. Owning a place in the „happiest place in the world” does not come cheap. Prices are between $1,7 and 7 million and annual fees of as much as $12K  but many would say it is worth it. disney-cinderella-castleThe perks include park passes, door-to-park transportation, extended hours for visiting attractions such as the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse with a restaurant and concierge. Residents also will have access to some of the amenities, including the spa and dining rooms at the $370 million, 444-room Four Seasons resort scheduled to open in Golden Oak next summer. And for some die-hard Disney fans, having a view to Cinderella’s Castle is all they need.

New Florida air services

JetBlue and Spirit Airline added new flight to Florida airports this week. spiritSpirit Airlines will start four seasonal direct routes to warm-weather destinations from the Twin Cities. The nonstop daily flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport g Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO), Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) and Tampa (TPA). “We’re excited to offer Minnesotans even more low fare options to even more warm and sunny destinations with Spirit’s ultra-low fares and optional add-ons for a total price that’s tough to beat!” said Spirit’s Vice President of Network Planning, Mark Kopcza The new JetBlue services will fly from Worcester, Mass. To two Florida destinations – Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Orlando. The daily flights to Orlando are scheduled to depart Worcester Regional Airport (ORH) at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at Orlando International (MCO) at 10:33 a.m. They will leave Orlando at 1 p.m. and arrive at Worcester Regional Airport at 3:38 p.m.jetblue

Interplex Destination Services transforms Orlando website. Trips to Central Florida have never been easier to plan

InterPlex Destination Services continues the work on upgrading and improving company’s web presence and image by releasing a new, state-of-the-art web site for the Orlando Market. A few months ago the company presented its first totally innovated website – sofia.interplex.net. Now the successful model has been expended to new markets with the new release of orlando.interplex.net.

With this upgraded platform the company attempts to make visitors’ experience as easy and intuitive as possible.

The company aims to cover the full process of planning a trip and their new website is a proof of that. „We know planning a trip can be difficult, whether it is a business trip or a family vacation. So we wanted a website that helps our customers do it with minimum effort, says Suzan Hunt, manager at the company. “The Livery Industry has changed a lot during last few years, we see a trend of consolidating and expending services by some of the major providers, at the same time a number of new players have entered the market backed by solid financial support” says Dan Redeberg, an Executive at the company. “We are very pleased and thankful to our technology partners at TripTender. The cutting-edge technology and support TripTender provides are crucial for our ability to stay ahead of the completion in this highly competitive and diverse market.” At the same time Mr. Jagger at TripTender continues by saying, “The Livery industry is going into transformation similar to that of the lodging industry a decade ago. Technology is a major factor for the continuing success of any operator. Our Proprietary technology has proven to be that key element assuring limo providerssuccessful transition.” Orlando InterPlex Destination Services provides quality airport transportation, limo, car service, shuttles and bus charters with a wide selection of luxury vehicles. The company also offers assistance with finding and booking hotels, restaurant, attractions and variety of additional destination services for meetings and events.

„Navigating the redesigned website is seamless and comfortable. Everything is just one click away and even the colors are pleasing” a regular costumer of InterPlex Destination Services, Sandra Brown, gives her opinion.

„It is a state-of-art website and I am proud to be part of the team who made it happen” says, one of the web designers „We put a lot of efforts and seeing that the costumers are happy with our work is the best reward”

Orlando InterPlex Destination Services is a well-established high-end transportation service provider, employing highly professional chauffeurs operating a fleet of the latest models luxurious vehicles. With the latest version of the website the company hopes to reach more new costumers and while keeping in touch and strengthening the relations with the existing clients.

About Orlando InterPlex Destination Services (http://orlando.interplex.net) – TheCompany provides variety of transportation and destination services to Metro Orlando and the surrounding Central Florida region.  The ground transportation services include: airport transportation; limo and car service; shuttles and bus charters; as well as production transportation and captains / coordinators. Destination service provided by the company includes hotels and restaurants bookings; tours and attractions arrangements;as well asmeetings and events planning services.

About TripTender (http://www.triptender.com) – TripTender is an innovative technologycompany, engaged in the development and implementation of the latest and most advanced technologies in the field of travel and tourism. TripTender serves both travelers and professional in the travel and destination industries.

Contact information:

Suzan Hunt
General Manager
suzan@interplex.net
407-531-8565

New “Cannonball Run” Record

Record_breaking_Cannonball_Run_128579444_thumbnailThe record for a coast to coast journey (Los Angelis to New York) was shattered on 19-20 October. Ed Bolian – Atlanta Lamborghini dealer – went through the transcontinental trip in 28 hours 50 minutes. The previous record, made by Alex Roy in 2006; he completed the run in 31 hours 4 minutes. Bolian said: “Honestly, I was so shocked at how much we had beat our target and previous record… It was just unbelievable. It was cathartic and amazing. But mostly, I was just shocked.” The origins of the Cannonball Run aren’t entirely clear, but the death defying and hugely illegal race from New York City to Los Angeles is named after Edwin ‘Cannonball’ Baker. In 1933 he went from coast to coast in 53 hours 30 minutes. In the 1970s the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was created by the Car and Driver editor Brock Yates. Later called the Cannonball Run, the race challenged daring drivers from all over the country to test their limits. A 1981 comedy starring Burt Reynolds and Farrah Fawcett immortalized the name. The run was last completed by Dave Heinz and Dave Yarborough in 32 hours 51 minutes behind the wheel of a Jaguar and his time wasn’t bested untill 2006.

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The next hero on the list is Ed Bolian. He is a 28 years old Lamborghini dealership sales director. He put a lot of work and money in his Mercedes CL55 AMG to make it ready for the journey. The preparations took him 18 month, but Bolian dreamed of breaking this record since he was in highschool. When he was 18, he had to interview Brock Yates, who organized and won the first Cannonball Run. “I told him, ‘One day I’d like to beat your record,’ ” Bolian recalled. He also says he doesn’t know exactly how much money he invested in his dream. The car was equipped with two additional 22-gallon gas tanks, which add hundreds of pounds of fuel but allow the car to travel 800 miles between stops. To ensure a clear run, free from traffic jams and, perhaps more importantly, traffic cops Bolian, also invested in a police scanner, two GPS units that relay traffic information and iPhone apps such as Trapster. The car was also fitted with two laser jammers and had a truck mounted antenna. Friends were enlisted to travel along the route, about 150 miles ahead of the Mercedes, and check for any potential obstacles. Great organization and technologies did their job and the record was not just broken by a few minutes, but shattered – the time was more than two hours better then Toy’s time. “We were unfathomably fortunate… We had no accidents, no traffic, no weather, no major construction. We wanted this to be a benign use of highway. We didn’t want to hurt anyone, we didn’t want to get hurt and we didn’t want to get arrested.”

Black box in cars to count miles?

Lawmakers are proposing black boxes to be installed in future car models to track mileage. America’s road planners are currently struggling to find cash to mend a crumbling highway system and some are proposing a „tax per mile” as a solution. The device would fit on the dashboard and would track a driver’s mileage, and then the mileage would be tallied up before a tax bill was sent to the driver at the end of the year.

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This technology comes to replace the current „gas tax” which has proved to be non-effective. It has not been raised more than 20 years; plus each car could go different miles with the same amount of gas – those are some of the arguments supporting the idea. “This works out as the most logical alternative over the long term” says Lee Munnich, a transportation policy expert at the University of Minnesota. But many are concerned that a device like that would give the government another way of tracking citizens.  “Concerns about Big Brother and those sorts of things are a major problem,” said Alauddin Khan, who directs strategic and performance management at the Nevada Department of Transportation. “It was not something people wanted.” There might be a solution. A small California company, called True Mileage has a device that could go in the place of a black box but does show the car’s location. It was originally designed as a way of paying car insurance “per mile”. This technology doesn’t use GPS and only uploads limited amount of information using a modem. “People will be more willing to do this if you do not track their speed and you do not track their location,” said Ryan Morrison, chief executive of True Mileage. The U.S. Senate approved a $90 million pilot project last year that would have involved some 10,000 cars. But the House leadership killed the proposal. Several states are going ahead anyway – Nevada, New York, Oregon and Illinois developed different strategies for testing the technology. The I-95 Coalition, which includes 17 state transportation departments along the Eastern Seaboard (including Florida), is studying how they could go about implementing the change.

East End Market finally opens in Orlando

east end marketYou could say that East End Market is just an indoor farmers market. But for developer John Rife III it is far more than this. It will represent a newstyle of shopping, a new way to get the costumers to the food. The place will show the growing importance of artistic side of culinary. “The food is more serious, better, fresher and interesting — and pricey. Perfect for today’s customers seeking choice, variety and products they believe they can trust.” said Michael Whiteman of Baum+Whiteman, an international food and restaurant consulting company. The Market is placed in a former two-story, 15,000-square-foot abandoned commercial building in Orlando’s Audubon Park neighborhood. It will be home of several local businesses including Casselberry-based Olde Hearth Bread Co. and Winter Park-based Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events, as well as new businesses. The East End Market was set to open earlier this year but there were paperwork and tchnical problems; and it kept growing to become the place it is on its opening day October 25th. “We had no model for this in Central Florida,” John Rife III said “It has become this organic living thing that had to evolve on its own timeline.”

Allegiant Air adds traffic to Orlando Sanford International Airport

Allegiant_Air_-_McDonnell_Douglas_MD-83_-_AAY4743As there are some questions on whether Allegiant Air will be able to launch their Portsmouth to Florida service, scheduled for the 25th November, the low cost carrier announced on Wednesday a new, non-stop jet service from Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport to Orlando Sanford International Airport starting Feb. 12, 2014. The new flights to Orlando are on sale for $100 roundtrip including taxes and fees and will operate twice a week – on Wednesday and Saturday. This announcement marks the 100th U.S. city served by Allegiant. This achievement will be celebrated with Cincinnati service with roundtrip fares as low as $100. “We are pleased to add Orlando and Southwest Florida as affordable, convenient destination options for Cincinnati residents,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “We are confident the community will appreciate the convenience of flying nonstop to these Florida destinations and the value of bundling their air, hotel and car rental reservation together.” Allegiant is known as an ultra-low-cost carrier, operating at airports in small cities and flying mainly to warm-weather vacation destinations, mostly across Florida, California and Hawaii. “We are pleased to add Orlando and Southwest Florida as affordable, convenient destination options for Cincinnati residents,” said Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. In addition the company spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said they were optimistic that launch of passenger service from Portsmouth International Airport at Pease will take place as planned despite administrative delays related to the recent federal government shutdown.