Thank You to Orlando’s Hospitality Workers

As National Travel & Tourism Week draws to a close, we at Visit Orlando want to thank everyone who joined us in uplifting this year’s theme, “The Power of Travel.” Please take a moment to watch this video. In today’s climate, tourism is more critical than ever to restore our local economy, rebuild…

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Celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week, May 2-8

Tourism is not only the foundation for why Orlando is a great place to live, work and play, it’s also the key to rebuilding our economy. That’s why now is the perfect time to celebrate “The Power of Travel” as part of National Travel and Tourism Week, May 2-8. We kicked off the festivities a…

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Job Growth a Positive Sign for Tourism’s Recovery

As each day passes, our destination’s economic recovery becomes not just a far-off, lofty idea for the future, but a tangible, visible process that continues to pick up speed in real time. While there’s still a long way to go, I’m encouraged that recent data indicates Orlando’s tourism industry is…

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Join Us May 4 … in Person or Virtually

Visit Orlando is about to hold our first major member function in over a year, and I’d like to extend an invite. Our Travel & Tourism Event is being offered virtually and in person (with limited seating) May 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center’s Valencia Ballroom. If you’ll…

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Brighter Days Ahead

Our nation is celebrating another milestone on its road to recovery, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently green-lighted travel within the U.S. for fully vaccinated Americans. Of course, this spells great news for Orlando’s tourism industry, and it builds upon some very…

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Celebrate Meetings & Conventions with Us

Those of us in tourism are no strangers to the positive impact of meetings and conventions on our destination. After the past year of turmoil and uncertainty, however, it’s more important than ever to not only recognize — but actually celebrate — just how much this segment of our industry supports…

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A Special Message on Our Upcoming State of Recovery Webinar

Before diving into this week’s edition, take a moment to watch this video — my personal invitation to join us at our April 6 virtual State of Recovery event. Click the link above to register, and please feel free to submit questions in advance. See you there! Visit Orlando & Destination Updates…

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Assessing tourism’s rebound, one year later

By CASANDRA MATEJ This content originally appeared March 19 as a guest column in the Orlando Sentinel. It’s been a hard year. We’ve all had unfathomable losses in our families, our workplaces and community. This loss has been felt around the world. This pandemic also has created collaboration…

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Orlando Set a New Record Last Week

Research shows nearly two-thirds of Americans are in a “ready to travel” state of mind, and we’re certainly seeing that data reflected in key indicators across our destination. Driven by pent-up demand, spring break and national vaccination efforts, Metro Orlando hotel occupancy for the week of…

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One Year Later: What the Future Holds

As we mark one year since COVID-19 began to impact our destination, and reshape the world at large, I want to thank our many member companies and community leaders whose ongoing support has helped Orlando’s tourism industry navigate such unprecedented challenges. Over the past 12 months, we’ve…

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