DAYTONA SPEEDWAY Hosting Hiring Events for COKE ZERO 400 Weekend

Daytona International Speedway and Americrown Service Corporation will be hosting hiring events for those interested in being a part of the work force during the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, June 29 – July 1.

With more than 200 Guest Services positions available during the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series races, Daytona International Speedway Guest Services department will host hiring events inside the motorsports stadium on Tuesday, May 30 and Monday, June 5 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Applicants can enter the property on the corner of Fentress Blvd. and International Speedway Blvd. and park in front of the Axalta Injector. Applicants can also apply online. Examples of positions available include Stadium Fan Crew (ushers), Admissions Fan Crew (ticket takers), Guest Services booths and hospitality staff.

Americrown, a subsidiary of Daytona International Speedway’s parent company International Speedway Corporation and provider of catering services and food and beverage concessions during the Coke Zero 400, will have two hiring events – Friday, June 2 and Friday, June 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at 525 Fentress Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fla. Approximately 250 positions are available and examples include supervisors, bartenders, cooks and servers for both the catering and concessions departments.

Tickets for the June 29-July 1 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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‘American Ninja Warrior’ to Film at Daytona International Speedway

“American Ninja Warrior,” the popular Emmy nominated sports competition show that airs nationally on NBC, is coming to Daytona International Speedway.

“The World Center of Racing” will serve as a filming location on April 7-8 for season nine of American Ninja Warrior, the action-packed series that follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

Guests can view the television tapings, which will begin each night at approximately 8:30 p.m., just outside Daytona International Speedway in between the Axalta and Chevrolet Injectors. There will be two different sessions for each night of taping. To sign up for free tickets to attend the event, guests can visit http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/American_Ninja_Warrior.

“I can’t think of a better place for our ninja warriors to compete than on the biggest stage in the world for motorsports: Daytona International Speedway,” said Kent Weed, executive producer of “American Ninja Warrior.” “The high-energy atmosphere of Daytona will surely bring out the best in our competitors as they tackle one of our toughest courses yet.”

“We’re excited to serve as a host location for the filming of American Ninja Warrior and add another new event to an already busy schedule,” Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. “We’re thrilled to welcome the competitors to the world’s only motorsports stadium and provide an electric atmosphere as individuals attempt to navigate these challenging obstacles. To succeed, they are going to need strength, speed and perseverance, very similar to what we see on the high banks of the Speedway.”

American Ninja Warrior returns for its ninth season this year premiering on Monday June 12 at 8 pm. The Daytona Beach qualifying episode will air on June 26 and the city finals will air on August 7. Matt Iseman returns as host, along with Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy. The series is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” and “The Dunk King”), along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm.

Tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP as well as through PrimeSport.com, the official ticket exchange and travel package provider of Daytona International Speedway. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.

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Daytona Lagoon – OPEN FOR THE SEASON

Daytona Lagoon, the premier family-friendly water park and a year-round mega family entertainment center located in Daytona Beach, FL, today announced that it will officially open on March 10th for the 2017 season.

On the heels of an exceptional inaugural season under United Parks ownership, Daytona Lagoon is upgrading its exciting dry attractions for the 2017 season, including an enhanced indoor Lazer Tag arena and a new full interactive ropes course, which is expected to open this summer. These additions are part of Daytona Lagoon’s ongoing $2+ million renovation designed to enhance the park’s dry and aquatic infrastructure and entertainment offerings. Additional elements of the project include expanding the park’s food offerings and catering options, adding cabanas, and installing many new and exciting games to the MEGA arcade.

“With the addition of our new ropes course and upgraded Lazer Tag arena, Daytona Lagoon will feature 12 best-in-class wet and dry attractions, including a full arcade with over 70 immersive games,” said Barrett Byers, Director of Park Operations for United Parks. “Our expansion and facelift initiatives continue apace and we look forward to further enhancing Daytona Lagoon’s attractions for our guests at Daytona Beach’s premier waterpark and family entertainment center.”

Tyler Currie, General Manager of Daytona Lagoon, added: “2017 is shaping up to be the most exciting season in Daytona Lagoon’s history, with the most wet and dry attraction activities in Daytona Beach including The Lagoon Waterpark, Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Lazer Tag, MEGA Arcade and Rock Wall. Daytona Lagoon is an important part of the Daytona Beach community and we cannot be more grateful for the support we have received following Hurricane Matthew. We are thrilled to be opening on time and providing a full day of family fun at a family price.”

For hours of operation and pricing options for endless fun for everyone, please visit our website: http://www.daytonalagoon.com/.

In addition to Daytona Lagoon, United Parks also operates Hydro Adventures in Poplar Bluff, Mo. – and is poised to become the next operator of historic Rye Playland in Westchester County, N.Y.

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New Cruise Ship Sets Sail at Port Canaveral

The Canaveral Port Authority will say goodbye to the Carnival Magic and hello to the Carnival Breeze in September 2018 as Carnival Cruise Line repositions the newer 3,690-passenger ship to Port Canaveral. The 130,000-ton ship joins Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty and annually will carry 650,000 guests from its new homeport.

“We’re delighted to continue our expansion at Port Canaveral with the spectacular Carnival Breeze, which is a wonderful addition to the Space Coast and offers our guests a truly unique seagoing vacation experience,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We continue to invest in Port Canaveral by deploying our newest and largest ship, which speaks volumes to the incredible growth that region represents and the popularity of Carnival Cruise Line from the Space Coast.”

After a few longer voyages from Port Canaveral, Carnival Breeze will offer year-round alternating seven-day eastern and western Caribbean itineraries beginning October 16, 2018. The Saturday departures to the eastern Caribbean will call at Amber Cove; St. Thomas; San Juan; and Grand Turk. Western Caribbean voyages will feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, and are part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of unique and interesting shore excursions both on the island and on the Mexican mainland.

“With Carnival Breeze joining Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty homeporting at Port Canaveral year-round, Carnival Cruise Lines continues to expand its stellar record of offering great itineraries and vacations from central Florida,” said Port Canaveral CEO John Murray. “When their cruise guests arrive, they will find we have new and updated facilities from which to begin and end their vacations from Port Canaveral.”

Carnival Breeze features the Thrill Theater, an immersive multi-dimensional special effects experience that makes viewers feel as if they are part of the movie. It also features a massive aqua park, and expansive recreation area with a suspended ropes course, mini golf, and outdoor fitness area.

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Daytona International Speedway: Roar Before The Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2017) – An all-star cast of drivers is converging on iconic Daytona International Speedway this weekend for the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 test sessions, offering competitors a final three days of preparation for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29.

The Rolex 24, the season-opening race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, typically attracts drivers from a variety of racing disciplines who join established sports car teams, creating an extraordinary field.

This year is no different.

Three-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jeff Gordon and former Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon are two of the biggest names on the ultimate motorsports “A-List” that includes five-time Rolex 24 champion Scott Pruett and four-time Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais.

This year’s Rolex 24 will serve as a premier showcase for the WeatherTech Championship which is amid considerable momentum approaching its fourth season of existence. The series resulted from the 2014 merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.

A total of 55 cars across four classes (entry list) are entered for the Roar. Testing runs 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. on Sunday. The Roar test sessions also are open to teams in the production-based IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, which will open its season on Jan. 27 at DIS with the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge.

Several new manufacturers and race cars will make their debut at the “World Center of Racing,” among those new cars are the exotic DPi (Daytona Prototype international) entries in the headlining Prototype class. Gordon will drive the No. 10 Cadillac DPi with Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli. In the production-based GT Daytona class, Acura, Lexus and Mercedes have entered the fray.

Infield-only tickets for the Roar Before The Rolex 24 are $15 (garage access included), with children ages 12 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or at the gate.

In addition, the annual Scout Days event is returning to the Roar weekend, with almost 3,000 Boy and Girl Scouts from throughout the Southeast camping in the Speedway infield and participating in activities such as fishing on Lake Lloyd, scavenger hunts, geocaching and getting up close to the teams and drivers. New this year, Girl Scouts will have a dedicated camping area and can participate in special question-and-answer sessions and tours with female drivers, engineers and mechanics.

Scout Days admission, $40 per person, includes:

· Two nights of tent camping (bring your own tents, sleeping bags and firewood – RV camping is available)

· $10 in DAYTONA Dollars, good at any DIS concession stand

· A Speedway Tour including a stop at the stadium

· A collectible patch

· Garage access (limited times)

On Saturday morning, there will be a tri-oval track walk where scouts will walk pit road and have the opportunity to sign the start/finish line.

In an effort to help local scouts earn their Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge, Daytona Toyota will provide technicians and vehicles to demonstrate basic vehicle maintenance techniques. Eighty scouts will gather in the infield on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. as experts cover various areas of automotive upkeep: general maintenance, tires, engine, brakes and electrical systems. In addition to earning a merit badge, the scouts will receive potentially life-saving tips on how to correctly change a tire, check vehicle fluid levels, perform an oil change, connect jumper cables and much more.

Tickets and camping packages for the Rolex 24 At Daytona are on sale by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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Daytona Beach is OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Just two weeks after Hurricane Matthew skirted Florida’s east coast, the majority of Daytona Beach area hotels are open including the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort, the area’s largest hotel.

“We’ve heard a few rumors that we won’t be ready for the fall season,” said Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Executive Director Lori Campbell Baker, “and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Our area got international attention when we hosted our popular Oct. 13-16 Biketoberfest® motorcycle rally just days after the storm passed, and the staff of Visit Florida helped us to welcome this increasingly loyal crowd.”

“We’re in touch with our lodging partners daily,” said Baker “and I’m very happy to report that as of this morning the vast majority are open for business. Our local businesses are looking forward to the economic impact that visitors bring to our destination and we’ve got plenty of room capacity to host our incoming fall visitors.”

In addition to letting vistitors know that the majority of hotels are open and ready to welcome guests, the CVB is also letting tour operators and meeting planners know that meeting space is available.

Shriners Imperial Officer Gary Bergenske was in Daytona Beach attending a group meeting last week. “After a visit to the Daytona Beach area on October 21 I feel great about the area’s recovery from Hurricane Matthew,” said Bergenske. “We ate at one of the local restaurants on the river and attended a Shriners function at one of the oceanfront hotels. All of our over one hundred guests had a great time. We are enthusiastically looking forward to bringing the Shriners annual Imperial Session to Daytona Beach in July.” More than 10,000 Shriners are expected to attend.

With more than 9.5 million annual visitors in 2015, tourism is a major industry in Volusia County. In 2015, tourism generated overall employment for 41,000 people with a payroll exceeding $500 million. Tourists paid more than 40% of the total sales tax collected in Volusia County last year.

“Hurricane Matthew is gone, and tourism is on,” said Baker. “We hope everyone will help us get the word out that Daytona Beach is open for business.”

About the Daytona Beach Area

Discover the new Daytona Beach and its surrounding area, a resurging destination along Florida’s East Coast comprising eight distinct communities. Recognized worldwide for its annual events including Bike Week, Biketoberfest®, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500, Daytona Beach’s famed heritage also claims the headquarters of LPGA and NASCAR — and is home to Daytona International Speedway, the ‘World Center of Racing.’ With more than 12,000 beds, the destination boasts accommodations for all lifestyles and budgets including resorts, B&Bs, hotels and everything in between. Visitors can enjoy the quintessential vacation experience beginning with the Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier, or choose from a surprising list of attractions and cultural venues and a colorful culinary scene. With 23 miles of world-famous beaches ideal for shelling, swimming and surfing, it is no surprise Daytona Beach was chosen as a Best Florida Attraction and Best Spring Family Break Beach Destination in the Top 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contests sponsored by USA TODAY. To order a complimentary comprehensive Official Visitors Guide or book a stay, visit DaytonaBeach.com. For real-time updates, visit Facebook.com/DaytonaBeach or Twitter.com/DaytonaBeachFun.

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