St Augustine is Open for Business and Opening Their Arms to Florida HIA (Hospitality Industry Association) Members

St Augustine, FL, November 17, 2016 --( Florida HIA, an association for people employed in the Florida hospitality industry, will host their Florida FAM tour December 1st to December 4th in St. Augustine, where Florida’s history began. Local area attractions and tour companies have offered free admission to Florida HIA members through the weekend allowing them to learn about the rich history in this unique Florida destination. The tour is sponsored by the St Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB and other local area attractions.

Since hurricane Matthew came through and the media showing the damage in the area “we felt it was important to let our industry know St. Augustine is open for business and ready to welcome visitors,” states Keith Charlton, Director, Florida HIA. Florida HIA members will blog and post on their social media outlets promoting the destination to their networks.

“The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau are pleased to partner with Florida HIA by hosting a special gathering December 2nd for Florida HIA members and local tourism leaders. We feel this organization is a wonderful asset in promoting our great destination and Florida tourism,” says Richard Goldman, Executive Director, St. Augustine Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Conventions Bureau.

In addition to this, the Annual Nights of Lights Celebration voted by National Geographic as one of the 10 best holiday lightings in the world, will be showcased during the tour.

Travel and tourism media are invited for the weekend. Please contact Keith Charlton at for more details.

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About Florida HIA (Hospitality Industry Association): Florida HIA is a membership organization providing tourism related benefits to people employed in the Florida hospitality and tourism industry. Created to encourage our industry employees to experience what our great state has to offer and to have a better knowledge for our visiting guests. Together we can all promote Florida tourism, Florida’s #1 economic driver. For more information about Florida HIA go to

Keith Charlton
Florida HIA (Hospitality Industry Association)
Keith Charlton