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YOLO® and Howard Hospitality Team Up to “WOW” South Walton Visitors

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Miramar Beach, Fla (March 3, 2016) – Howard Hospitality is pleased to announce a new partnership with YOLO®, a local company based in Miramar Beach, FL, to offer YOLO® Bike rentals to guests at both the Residence Inn and Courtyard Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. YOLO®, which stands for “You Only Live Once,” has quickly grown into a nationally recognized brand with an expanding family of YOLO® products including YOLO® Apparel, YOLO® Coffee and YOLO® Boards.  Howard Hospitality management is proud to have the first hotels in South Walton to offer YOLO® Bike rentals to guests.

“Dedication to our guests is what motivated us to foster this partnership with YOLO®,” says Tania Koehler, Director of Hotel Operations for Howard Hospitality. “We wanted clients to have fast and easy accessibility to the best outdoor activity products.  We look forward to our guests experiencing Grand Boulevard and the beauty of South Walton.”

Beginning soon, guests of the Courtyard & Residence Inn Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard will be able to visit the front desks at either property and reserve their YOLO® Bike.  The YOLO® brand bikes are of the highest quality; featuring lightweight allow frames, Nexus-Shimano components and rust-buster chains. The world-renowned beaches, coastal dune lakes and other unique natural experiences of South Walton combined with the high quality and artfully designed YOLO® Bikes, makes outdoor exploration accessible and fun for anyone, no matter the age or skill level. Hotel guests are also only minutes away from the beautiful beaches and coastal dune lakes of South Walton, as well as hiking and biking trails.

The convenience and cost of this amenity are designed with the guest in mind; enabling travelers and their families to enjoy the beautiful outdoor recreational activities for which South Walton is famous. Both Marriott properties in the Howard Hospitality portfolio are nationally-recognized for their excellence in Customer Service.  Furthermore, the Residence Inn and Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard are ranked, respectively, the second and third best hotels in Destin, FL.

Celebrating the launch of the partnership, each hotel will be hosting a contest on Instagram to give fans and guests alike a chance to win a custom YOLO® Bike. Visit @courtyardgrandblvd and @residenceinngrandblvd on Instagram for more information on how to participate.

Both hotels are conveniently located on Grand Boulevard, a shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located in South Walton County of Northwest Florida. Courtyard & Residence Inn guests are only steps away from the Grand Boulevard Town Center’s amenities, including casual and fine dining restaurants, shops, arts and entertainment events, Grand Park and the Boulevard 10 Movie Theater.  For more information, visit www.grandboulevard.com.

About Howard Hospitality

Howard Hospitality is a hotel management company based in Miramar Beach, FL.  Howard Hospitality began managing the Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard in 2012.  Since beginning management of these two Marriott hotels, the properties have increased their guest satisfaction scores dramatically. The Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard finished 2015 ranked third in Overall Guest Satisfaction of over 1,000 Courtyard Marriott hotels in North America. The Residence Inn by Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard finished 2015 ranked 14th in Overall Guest Satisfaction of nearly 700 Residence Inn Marriott hotels in North America. For more information, please visit www.howardhsp.com.

About YOLO Board®

“YOLO Board didn’t invent standup paddling or its boards… but its savvy, marketing-driven approach has, despite the sport’s West Coast roots, made the Santa Rosa Beach, FL-based company an industry leader,” said Entrepreneur magazine. YOLO Board, LLC, is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of standup paddleboards, paddles, equipment, lifestyle apparel and accessories. Since 2007, the community-minded brand (aptly named for the lifestyle mantra “You Only Live Once”) has been committed to manufacturing a variety of quality boards suited to fit any paddler, from the recreational novice to the elite pro racer. In 2014, the company expanded its growing YOLO-inspired lifestyle product line with the debut of YOLO Paddles and YOLO Bike Co. Board and bike rentals, lessons, corporate and team building packages and seasonal community race events are available through YOLO Board Adventures Sandestin and YOLO Board + Beach – the company’s flagship store in Miramar Beach featuring the unique ‘try before you buy’ lake experience. Additional retail and rental locations include YOLO Board + Bike at Gulf Place Town Center on Scenic Highway 30A, YOLO Board West Coast in San Diego, California, and a growing number of distributors nationwide.

For more information, visit YOLOBoard.com or call 850-622-5760.

For more information on the YOLO® partnership with Howard Hospitality please contact Melissa Oropesa, Director of Guest Experience & Media (850) 654-6252, melissao@howardhsp.com.



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