Each year, The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) recognizes a community leader as the Public Servant of the Year. They are recognized 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. The luncheon will be held 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. She 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. Both 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. An additional record-breaking number were the 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