Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: December 18, 2002

BY THE BAY: Vacation rental management company ResortQuest Int'l will open the first phase of its new $90 million, 70-acre property, Bahama Bay Resort, Dec. 23. The first phase will include 64 units, two pools and a clubhouse. By the end of January 2003, 116 units are scheduled to be completed.

DELTA CONNECTION inaugurated nonstop jet service between Orlando and Huntsville, Ala., beginning Dec. 16. The airline will offer two daily roundtrip flights using Bombardier CRJ regional jets.

HMSHost (formerly Host Marriott Services), a provider of food and retail concessions for the travel industry, signed a contract with Orlando Int'l Airport to provide concessions. As part of the agreement HMSHost will introduce several new concessions to the airport, including the Fox Sports Bar, modeled on a Fox Sports studio; Zyng Noodlery, a server of noodle dishes from various Asian countries, as well as the more familiar Carvel, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Sbarro, Chick-Fil-A and the Outback Steakhouse.

THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTER Visitor Complex opened its new Astronaut Hall of Fame on Dec. 14. A formal grand opening ceremony will be held in Spring 2003. At that time educational programs will be unveiled. Standard admission is separate from admission to the Space Center and will be $13.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.

CHEVROLET AND SIERRA ENTERTAINMENT will present a consumer and trade event called the 18th Annual Stock Car Racing Fan Fest Feb. 12-14 at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, during the Daytona Speedweeks. Events will include a pit crew challenge, an engine building contest, manufacturers' displays and autograph signings with Nascar drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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