An all-suites residence Inn opens in Summer

Published March 28, 2007


The old Holiday Inn at 11908 Gulf Blvd. has been revamped and will open this summer as an all-suites Residence Inn. The 110-room hotel will have suites in one-, two- and three-bedroom sizes. Suites will include plasma televisions and fully equipped kitchens. Also featured are complimentary grocery shopping service, daily breakfast, a nightly hospitality hour and a weekly manager's barbecue. The Holiday Inn has been closed for two years during the renovation. The hotel is owned by Ocean Properties Ltd. Only the flag is changing.


USF puts executive MBA in spotlight

Though it has grown dramatically in its three years, the executive MBA program at USF-St. Petersburg is launching its first advertising campaign to increase enrollment. The first class had 30 students, but the program has grown to more than 100. The school would like to have around 180 students in the weeknights program. In addition to 20 billboards, the campaign will feature Web advertising, e-mail blasts to alumni, and direct mail to employers of prospective students. The program is separately accredited and is unique in emphasizing corporate social responsibility. Students have worked on projects in the Midtown area and are now engaging in consultations to improve the business of non-profits. The two-year program costs less than $10,000.


Ribbon to be cut at Spanish restaurant

Victor Rodriguez will have a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Tuesday for his Spanish restaurant, International Deli and Grill, at 7100 49th St. in Pinellas Park.