A LITTLE “LAGNIAPPE” FROM THE WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS Love Glasses Revolution Alabama Coasting was proud to be a sponsor and supporter of the recent World Food Championships in Orange Beach. As expected, the week produced an outstanding series of food competitions, introductions to chefs and foodies from around the world and a taste-tantalizing array of food experiences. Our “little extra gift” was meeting Tara and Adnane Ijai founders and chief ambassadors for the ‘Love Glasses Revolution’ – a movement created to share love in the world through inspirational ‘love glasses’. Their mission with these heart LGR Founder, Tara and ALC’s Robbie rockin’ the Love Glasses. shaped sunglasses is simply to empower each other to see the world with love. The love glasses are a symbol to remind you that you can filter out the hate and negativity. Wearing them helps you share a crucial message to the world that you live on your terms and you write your own narrative. As Tara tells it: “The world can sometimes be a cold and lonely place. For this reason, at Love Glasses Revolution, we try to encourage love and random acts of kindness. We inspire people to respect, love and appreciate one another through our love glasses. They symbolize the message we represent – to SEE love and to BE love!” Our Alabama Coasting team was proud to join the Love Glasses Revolution! We invite you to join us by getting your own “love glasses” at www.loveglassesrevolution.com. ALABAMA COASTING’S ONLINE BOOKING PARTNER Earns Recognition Recognizing the opportunity to expand the reach of our local destination partners, Alabama Coasting joined forces earlier this year with Destin-based Tripshock. com to add their online booking portal to our network. Slated to roll out early next year along with our enhanced website and digital platforms, this tool will bring the Alabama Gulf Coast tourism industry more fully into the digital age. Clearly, we chose a good partner. Already recognized as Northwest Florida’s largest online travel agency and on Inc. Magazine’s roster of fastest growing companies, TripShock’s owner and founder, Greg Fisher, earned the 2016 “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Pensacola’s Studer Institute. “It’s quite an honor to be recognized by such a 14 ALABAMA COASTING WINTER 2016/17 distinguished organization as the Studer Institute,” said Mr. Fisher. “We’re a small business promoting other small businesses. We take pride in booking customers for our fishing charters, dolphin tours, parasailing, and many other family-friendly activities from Panama City to New Orleans. To be recognized for starting a company that helps promote others is extremely humbling.” Congrats from your new partners at Alabama Coasting. We’re excited to be working together to promote our great local businesses to both visitors and locals in the coming years. TripShock.com is the Gulf Coast’s largest outdoor activity and travel site. Founded by Mr. Fisher in 2009 with one fishing charter offer, its inventory currently includes over 300 tours and excursions in NW Florida, Coastal Alabama, and New Orleans. The company’s call center is 100% staffed with local Customer Service Representatives, and its real-time mobile booking capabilities make it a favorite among visitors and locals. For more information or to become a TripShock partner, email email@example.com.