CFHLA’s Public Servant of the Year

Each year, The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) recognizes a community leader as the Public Servant of the Year for their dedication to the advancement of Central Florida’s hospitality industry.

The 2018 Public Servant of the Year is Orange County Commissioner, Betsy VanderLey. This award will be presented at CFHLA’s Gives Luncheon on Thursday, April 25, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at the Entrance to Universal Orlando. During her three years in office, Commissioner VanderLey has served as a committed “tourism champion.” Commissioner VanderLey has advocated for the preservation of the Tourist Development Tax and supported the development of both the Orange County Tourist Development Tax Grant Application Review Committee and the Orange County Tourist Development Tax Sports Incentive Committee. Today, these advisory boards serve as important checks and balances on expenditures of Orange County Tourist Development Tax funds and continue to promote the Central Florida destination.

As a result of Commissioner VanderLey’s continued support of tourism, the Orlando-region reached a historic milestone of 72 million visitors in 2017, with an additional record-breaking number of 1.53 million attendees at the Orange County Convention Center.

CFHLA congratulates Commissioner VanderLey for continuing to advance the tourism and hospitality industry.

Photo Caption: CFHLA 2018 Public Servant of the Year, Orange County Commissioner, Betsy VanderLey


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Written by Rich Maladecki

Richard Maladecki has served as President / CEO of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association (CFHLA) for over 20 years. As President / CEO of the “World’s Largest Regional Lodging Association” he is responsible for managing a 50 member Board of Directors, consisting of lodging General Managers and tourism industry Executives.

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