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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Discovery and Recovery

Discovery and recovery. These are two of my biggest priorities as the new president and CEO of Visit Orlando. On a personal level, every day I get the joy of discovering something new about what makes our destination great — from visiting our member companies to meeting community leaders and…

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Ready for Recovery

As Walt Disney World Resort unveils details behind its much-anticipated 50th anniversary, "The World’s Most Magical Celebration" — which starts in October and stretches 18 months into early 2023 — this series of special events will play a defining role in our destination’s ongoing recovery. Moving…

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Meetings Gain Momentum in Orlando

From greater vaccine distribution to heightened travel readiness among consumers, the future of Orlando’s tourism industry grows a little brighter every day with incremental, but positive, progress toward recovery. Orlando’s successful return of safe meetings and conventions — in our hotels and the…

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New Marketing Campaign to Support Tourism Recovery

As visitation to Orlando drives our region’s economic health, my top priority is squarely focused on spurring recovery of tourism. I’m pleased to announce that Visit Orlando has now launched our destination's first full-scale, multistate marketing campaign since the start of the pandemic, The Wonder…

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