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Innisbrook named recipient of prestigious GIFTTS Award from Preferred Hotels™

INNISBROOK, FL (December, 2009) – Preferred Hotel Group has announced the 2009 leaders of its GIFTTS: Great Initiatives for Today’s (Tomorrow’s) Society Hotel Recognition Program, based on the premise that true hospitality extends to the community beyond a hotel or resort’s doors. Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort and a Preferred Hotel member since April 2009, received Preferred’s prestigious Pineapple Award and was additionally singled out for exemplary efforts in not one qualifying category, but all three: community, philanthropy and the environment.  
Now in its fourth year, GIFTTS shines a light on members who serve as exemplars of corporate responsibility within the hospitality industry. The 2009 leaders were selected from over 50 entries from member hotels and resorts across the globe. 
This year, Innisbrook's staff created Innisbrook Cares, a community outreach committee, which has contributed more than $30,000 in 2009 with in-kind donations facilitated by hotel staff. The resort also has a Charities of Choice Committee that spearheads a variety of activities to benefit those in need. Area organizations to benefit from these efforts include the Children’s Cancer Center and Florida Blood Services. The resort’s Green Team was also successful in obtaining green certification from the Florida Green Lodging Association, and has educated associates to create a cultural shift within the community towards sustainable practices.
Managed by Salamander Hospitality, Innisbrook recently completed over $26 million in resort-wide renovations to include new restaurants and a gourmet market, completely renovated conference and banquet facilities, golf course, lodging and tennis facility enhancements, and the addition of a new 20,000-square-foot luxury spa and fitness center. Additionally, the resort’s two new restaurants and spa are now open to area residents by reservation.  
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hospitality, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport.  Recently and completely renovated, the resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space.  The resort hosts the annual PGA TOUR Transitions Championship at its famed Copperhead Course, and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship, held annually at the equally challenging Island Course.  Innisbrook is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and Preferred Golf Club programs.  For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit  
About Salamander Hospitality 
Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes the recently renovated Innisbrook near Tampa, Fla., host to a PGA TOUR stop every March; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only four properties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Salamander Hospitality also operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, FL. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

About Preferred Hotel Group™
Celebrating 41 years of excellence, Preferred Hotel Group™ is a leading global provider of high-performance sales, marketing and technology support to individually owned and operated hotels and resorts, with over 700 members in over 75 countries. Established in 1968, Preferred Hotel Group today comprises of five distinct brands – Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Preferred Boutique™, Summit Hotels & Resorts™, Sterling Hotels™, and Historic Hotels of Americas®; the fastest-growing guest benefits program in the world, I Prefer™; and a membership program with entrée to the world’s most spectacular luxury golf resorts, Preferred Golf Club™. For more information, visit 

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