ABOUT THE COUNCIL

 
 
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WHO WE ARE

The Alachua County Hospitality Council is a non-profit organization that was formed as a way for dedicated professionals in the Hospitality/Tourism Industry to share ideas, promote events in our area and network to provide unique and memorable experiences to those who visit or reside in Alachua County, Florida. 

The Council Members includes individuals from restaurants, hotels, attractions, event coordinators and allied businesses.

 

WHAT WE DO

We actively support and participate in National Travel & Tourism Week activities, including the Award-Winning Bed Making Contest, Chef Contest, and our Famous Amazing Race. 

As leaders in the Hospitality Industry, we provide scholarships to students who are pursuing careers in our field, and support them with mentoring programs and internships as well. 

We also raise funds for local and national charities and host events to support our local community.

 
 
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THE MEETINGS

Our members meet on the first Wednesday of each month for lunch or happy hours. The meeting locations change monthly due to our rotating schedule. Each member has the opportunity to host our meetings and is encouraged to do so. During the meeting, our host has the chance to showcase their property or business to our members. (If space is an issue, teaming up with other members to co-host is the perfect solution!)

We invite you to attend one of our meetings to learn first-hand what we are all about. 

THE PINEAPPLE

The Pineapple represents the colonial period of hospitality. When ships returned from the exotic South Seas, they would bring home pineapples. 

The captain and crew would share pineapples with their friends as welcoming and hospitality gifts. Many colonial craftsmen would include pineapples in their fine-crafted furniture. 

The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality, friendship and welcome for many centuries all over the world.

 
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