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Category: From the President & CEO, George Aguel,Orlando Tourism News

Destination Update: April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020, 3 p.m.: I want to share with you today one of our most important initiatives launched just this week, the Tourism Help Hub. In the short time it has been live, the hub has received a great level of response and interest. As the challenges to our industry continue, we remain focused…

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Destination Update: April 09, 2020

April 9, 2020, 5 p.m.: It’s been another busy week for us at Visit Orlando as we remain focused on launching new programs, and strengthening existing ones, to support our industry and community at large. We are promoting area restaurants, rolling out a webinar series, and helping to keep conventions…

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Destination Update: April 1, 2020

As have all of you, we've also been pivoting in response to the evolving COVID-19 news and working to ensure our efforts support the most current, relevant needs of our local travel industry, businesses and residents. Today I'd like to highlight just a few initiatives that we recently launched, along…

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Destination Update: March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020, 4 p.m.: Across our destination, I think it’s fair to say that everyone is doing their best to cope with challenges that grow more difficult by the day. As you’ll see in our research section below, our industry has only begun to feel the full effects of the coronavirus, with more hard…

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Destination Update: March 19, 2020

March 19, 2020, 6 p.m.: There's no doubt our industry is enduring a storm of unprecedented scope and severity. As we face these uncertain days together, our hearts go out to the many business leaders, employees and families who face previously unimaginable new decisions each day. At Visit Orlando…

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Destination Update: March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020, 4 p.m.: With coronavirus (COVID-19) causing tremendous impact across all aspects of daily life, including last night’s news of temporary theme park closures, these are truly unprecedented times. Over the past few days, developments have been occurring at a staggering pace…

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This Week in Tourism: March 6, 2020

March 6, 2020, 3 p.m.: For Orlando, the most important news is that no cases of coronavirus have been discovered locally. With a very small number of cases in other parts of the state, however, the global media has started to focus more attention on our destination. Visit Orlando has been working…

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Destination News Update: Feb. 28, 2020

Feb. 28, 2020, 11 a.m.: Over the past week, new developments have been occurring at an increasingly rapid pace as the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, continues to impact more regions across the globe. As we all know, this is a fluid situation that is changing by the moment. Thankfully, no cases have…

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This Week in Tourism: Feb. 21, 2020

Where Would You Rather Be? The weather is anything but warm right now in Orlando’s top international market, and we leverage those chilly conditions by encouraging Canadians to “forget the winter blues” and “escape to Orlando.” In addition to high-impact billboards in greater Toronto (pictured)…

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This Week in Tourism: Feb. 17, 2020

Convention Center Posts Strong Year for Attendance The stats are in for 2019, and I’m pleased to report that the Orange County Convention Center enjoyed another strong year for total attendance (1.425 million). Even more important, the Center represented some $3 billion in economic impact and is…

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