Orlando, FL (PressExposure) September 15, 2008 -- In a landmark partnership, the Worlds of Discovery parks in Florida - SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove in Orlando, and Busch Gardens Africa and Adventure Island in Tampa - join the vacation home industryâs consumer advocacy group, Discover Vacation Homes, with a common goal to grow the awareness of Orlandoâs professionally managed vacation rentals to travelers nationwide. Worlds of Discovery Florida is one of the first local affiliates to join the nonprofit associationâs Central Florida chapter.
âThis alliance will benefit Central Floridaâs tourism and hospitality industries greatly as we work to unite the travel community and increase awareness of the areaâs strong vacation rental product,â states Steve Trover, President of Discover Vacation Homes. âWe are both thrilled and honored to announce the support of such a prestigious organization.â
Sponsorship assistance by area tourism partners helps to fund Discover Vacation Homesâ publicity efforts throughout the remainder of this year and supports the group in its preparations for a national launch in 2009. The association is currently accepting allied memberships on a local level for the remainder of 2008 and beyond. National memberships will be available beginning in October of this year.
âWe believe firmly in strong partnerships that help grow our destination,â said Tim Swan, vice president of sales for Worlds of Discovery Florida. âWeâre looking forward to working with Discover Vacation Homes to broaden awareness of alternative lodging to the more than 40 million visitors who come to Orlando each year.â
About Discover Vacation Homes The first vacation home rental association of its kind, Discover Vacation Homes works to promote and publicize vacation rentals as one of Central Floridaâs fastest-growing lodging categories. The organization is comprised of the most well-established professional management companies in the industry, collectively representing nearly 13 percent of all vacation homes in the Orlando area. Vacation rentals often cost less than a single hotel room, provide considerably more space and, in many instances, amenities not found in oneâs own home. Association membership is based on a commitment to uphold Discover Vacation Homesâ code of ethics and business practices to ensure guests are provided a quality lodging experience. For more information and to view a list of member companies, visit http://www.DiscoverVacationHomes.com.
About Worlds of Discovery The Worlds of Discovery parks in Florida include SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica â the new waterpark by SeaWorld - and Discovery Cove, all in Orlando, as well as Busch Gardens Africa and Adventure Island in Tampa. Additionally, the parks support the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, a non-profit, private charitable foundation committed to supporting wildlife and habitat conservation, research, education and animal rescue programs worldwide.