On March 10, the Osceola Resort Area Council made their first foray back into in-person networking with an evening event at the brand new, new-concept Shoney’s at Old Town. ORAC invited tourism industry professionals to visit the outdoor bar location at the new restaurant along Highway 192, sample their menu, and re-kindle and create new connections with others in their industry.
Old Town and Shoney’s sponsored a selection of food and beverage, and some brave attendees even took a complimentary ride on the Old Town Ferris wheel. The weather cooperated, and a cool breeze nicely complemented the outdoor setting. Attendees dropped their business cards into a raffle bucket and several people walked away with fun prizes including attraction tickets and hotel stays.
ORAC Chair and Old Town General Manager Thearon Scrulock took a few minutes to speak to those in attendance, as did West 192 Development Authority Director Christina Morris, Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber President/CEO John Newstreet, and Tourist Development Council member Brad Boland.
John Newstreet thanked everyone for coming and gave recognition to the ORAC Board of Directors for their work putting the event together. Christina Morris informed those present that, as guests at Old Town, they were standing in District 5 – the “Entertainment District” – of the West 192 Development Authority. She went on to talk about some of the incentives available for businesses looking to re-develop or invest in the tourism corridor. Brad Boland spoke about how exciting it is to see tourism industry businesses in the county start to open up and welcome guests as things begin to look more like normal.