Category: From the President & CEO, Casandra Matej

Visit Orlando's Action-Packed National Travel & Tourism Week!

This week, we celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week—the annual recognition of the industry’s critical role in powering economies, communities and connections—and the impact the travel industry makes on our community. Nationwide, travel is a $2.6 trillion industry that supports nearly 15 million…

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Orlando Named No. 1 Meeting Destination in the U.S. by Cvent

This week, Orlando was named the Top Meeting Destination in North America by Cvent, an industry-leading meetings, events, and hospitality technology provider. This is the ninth time Orlando has been recognized by Cvent as the No. 1 meetings destination in the country. The globally recognized Cvent…

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Visit Orlando Announces 25% International Visitation Growth

This week, Visit Orlando announced that the destination welcomed 6.13 million international visitors in 2023, an increase of 25% over 2022 numbers. The news was shared during a media event attended by over 300 domestic and international media at U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, the country’s largest…

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Economic Trends Shaping Travel

As we near the halfway point of the year, we wanted to share an update on national and global economic and travel trends that have potential to impact Orlando's travel and tourism industry. Data and insights are the foundation for everything we do at Visit Orlando, and we know it is important for…

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Start Now: Prepare for Hurricane Season

With hurricane season approaching June 1, it’s not too early to prioritize emergency preparedness. In Orange County, our businesses and local agencies have a strong track record of collaboration, ensuring a high level of advance preparedness for severe storms. Our inland location often makes…

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Michelin Awards New Stars to Four Orlando Restaurants!

Orlando’s culinary community shined bright last night in a star-studded MICHELIN Guide ceremony. Four new Orlando restaurants received MICHELIN Stars, one of the most prestigious honors in the restaurant industry, bringing Orlando’s total to seven one-MICHELIN-Star restaurants. Camille (Vietnamese…

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Why Meetings Matter in Orlando — Global Meetings Industry Day

Yesterday, we celebrated Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID), an annual celebration spotlighting the proven value that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions bring to businesses, workers and the economy. The Orlando community, joined by Visit…

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Keynote Speaker Revealed: Visit Orlando’s Travel & Tourism Event

Join us for Visit Orlando’s Travel & Tourism Event on Thursday, May 23, at the Orange County Convention Center. This annual event celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week by recognizing the industry’s critical role in powering our national economy, community and connections. The travel and…

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Summer Travel Projections

Even in the middle of welcoming visitors to Orlando for Spring Break, your Visit Orlando team is looking ahead at travel projections. After a strong start to the year, demand for Orlando area hotels for the late spring and summer period is showing early signs of softening. With data and insights as…

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Orlando Named No. 1 Sports City!

This week, Orlando was in the national spotlight earning the title of the #1 Best Sports Business City for Attracting and Hosting Events by Sports Business Journal (SBJ). The Greater Orlando Sports Commission (GO Sports) unveiled the news at a press event at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt…

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