Category Archives: Tourism

19Jun/18

Production Begins on “The One and Only Ivan”, an Adaptation of the Award Winning Book

DisneyPRODUCTION BEGINS ON “THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN,”

AN ADAPTATION OF THE AWARD WINNING BOOK

DIRECTED BY THEA SHARROCK AND PRODUCED BY ANGELINA JOLIE

 

Danny DeVito and Helen Mirren Join the Cast, Which Includes Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Brooklynn Prince, Ramon Rodriquez, Arianna Greenblatt, Indira Varma and Eleanor Matsuura

 

 BURBANK, Calif. (May 1, 2018)—Production has commenced at Pinewood Studios outside London on “The One and Only Ivan,” a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s book by Katherine Applegate directed by Thea Sharrock (“Me before You”). The screenplay is by two-time Independent Spirit Award winner Mike White (“Pitch Perfect 3,” “The School of Rock”) based on Applegate’s award-winning book and the producers are Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Angelina Jolie (“First They Killed My Father,” “Maleficent”), the late Allison Shearmur (“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Cinderella”) and Brigham Taylor (“Christopher Robin,” “The Jungle Book”).

“The One and Only Ivan” stars Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominee and four-time Emmy® winner Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo,” “Breaking Bad”); Ramon Rodriquez (“Iron Fist,” “The Defenders”); Arianna Greenblatt (“A Bad Moms Christmas”); Indira Varma (“Patrick Melrose,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”); and Eleanor Matsuura (“Wonder Woman,” “Sherlock”).

The film features the vocal talents of Angelina Jolie, Academy Award® winner Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri,” “Moon”) and Critics’ Choice Award winner Brooklynn Prince (“The Florida Project”). Oscar® and three-time Golden Globe® winner Helen Mirren (“Winchester,” “The Queen”) and Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Danny DeVito (“Dumbo,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”) have also signed on to voice characters in the film.

Based on the true story of a uniquely-talented gorilla and the other animals who share a communal habitat at a suburban shopping mall, “The One and Only Ivan” is an unforgettable tale about the beauty of friendship, the power of visualization and the significance of the place we call home. Applegate’s book, a #1 New York Times’ bestseller, has won numerous awards, including the Newberry Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children in 2013.

About Walt Disney Studios:

For over 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney, including Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; and Lucasfilm. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.

07May/18

Tourism Marketing Meeting to Feature Latin America Marketing Specialist on May 10

Auburndale, FL (May 4, 2018) – Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (PCTSM) will host the next Tourist Development Council (TDC) Marketing Committee Meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Victor Manjarres, President of TM Latin America, will be the featured guest speaker. Manjarres, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the tourism industry, will discuss his company’s strategies to promote Polk County as a tourist destination to Latin America markets. TM Latin America has extensive experience in marketing, sales, communications, public relations, brand positioning and e-commerce in the tourism sector in the major markets of Latin America including Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina, with presence throughout the entire region.  Latin America is one of the fastest growing international markets in the travel and tourism industry and Central Florida is one of the top vacation destinations for Latin Americans. Manjarres will present an overview of this market and how PCTSM is targeting this audience and how businesses can capture more visitors from Latin America.

The meeting will be held in the PCTSM conference room located at Lake Myrtle Sports Park, 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale.  Industry professionals are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Kris Keprios at 863-551-4750 or Kris@visitcentralflorida.org.     

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About Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing:

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing (known nationally as Visit Central Florida), is the official destination marketing organization for Polk County, Florida, and specializes in helping visitors plan a fun-filled Central Florida vacation. www.VisitCentralFlorida.org

 

13Jun/17
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Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium Seeks “Best of the Ballparks” Designation

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16Feb/15

2015 Detroit Tiger BBQ Tickets On Sale

Join us in welcoming back our Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium during the Lakeland Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ on Thursday, February 26th starting at 6 PM.

This Lakeland tradition kicks off the Detroit Tiger’s 79th Spring Training season and celebrates the 50th year of Tiger baseball at Joker Marchant Stadium—which translates each year into approximately $45 million in economic impact to our area!

Ticket holders will enjoy traditional southern BBQ, a commemorative 2015 souvenir mug and the opportunity support the longest standing Major League Baseball relationship in Spring Training history.   Please join us and fellow Tiger’s supporters in supporting the Chamber’s 69th Annual Tiger BBQ event by clicking here to order tickets.

Click here to order your ticket(s) or call Patty Smith at (863) 688-8551 Ext. 224

2015 Tiger BBQ
For more information on Spring Training, please go to Tigers.com or call 866-668.4437.

06Feb/15

Polk County Visitor Center Hosts Spring Training Day on February 21

BOGO Ticket Specials: Buy one LEGOLAND® Florida Resort or Bok Tower Gardens ticket and get one free, for tickets purchased at the event.

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

ACE, the Lakeland Flying Tigers mascot, pictured with visitor Terri Bradford and Visitor Information staffer Jeanie Baier at the 2014 Spring Training Day

Polk County’s official visitor information center will celebrate the game of baseball with its 8th Annual Spring Training Celebration on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  This FREE, family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., featuring prize giveaways, games (including a putting contest sponsored by Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club), a sports themed bounce house for kids, a baseball movie, free popcorn and an appearance by Ace, the mascot for the Lakeland Flying Tigers. Lakeland’s MAX 98.3 (WWRZ) Radio will broadcast live from the event. Attendees can take advantage of “Buy One, Get One Free” ticket specials for LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Bok Tower Gardens; and will be able to register for two grand prize drawings: one for four (4) tickets to see the Tigers play a Spring Training game at Joker Marchant Stadium and the other for a game-worn Tigers jersey. In addition, visitors who bring canned goods, for donation to local food banks, will have the chance to enter a special drawing for a $50 gift card.

Fans can view baseball themed exhibits and memorabilia, which will be on display February 10 – 21, and will be able to pick up the latest information on the 2015 Spring Training season such as schedules and Spring Training guides. The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 79th Spring Training season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city. The 2015 spring season marks the club’s 50th consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Spring training fans looking for additional action will be pleased to know that Polk County will also host the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational from February 13 through March 31; and the Central Florida Rebel Spring Games softball spring training from March 4 to March 20. For more information on these events, please visit www.centralfloridasports.com.

The Visit Central Florida Visitor Information Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., seven days a week (excluding holidays), and is located at 101 Adventure Court in Davenport, 1/2 mile south of I-4 (along U.S. Highway 27) at Exit 55. For more information contact Dennis Budde at (863) 420-2586.