Corporate Blog

Category: From the President & CEO, George Aguel

Positive news in lodging, air travel & entertainment

Throughout the pandemic, we’ve described our destination’s economic recovery as a slow, steady process, marked by small victories in the larger context of very difficult times. Along these lines, I’m happy to report some positive news from our lodging, airline and entertainment sectors. For the…

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Promoting Orlando in Florida and U.S. markets

I want to share some new developments on how we are promoting Orlando at this time in Florida and U.S. markets. Through these initiatives, we are capitalizing on key audiences' pent-up demand to travel. Showcasing Orlando to National Media This week, our publicity team hosted our first-ever virtual…

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#LoveOrlando campaign our best ever on social media

Over the past several months, Visit Orlando has been working hard to keep our destination top of mind for every potential visitor along the travel spectrum — from those ready to venture out immediately to families who might be planning trips later down the road. One big way we’re doing this is…

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Communicating Orlando's leadership in health & safety

As Florida moves into Phase III of reopening, it's highly important that we recognize how our local region’s careful, deliberate actions have helped Orlando safely reopen to visitors these past few months, supporting our economy and helping thousands of residents resume work. Despite the lessening…

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Visit Orlando's Magical Dining extended through October

I’m excited to share that Visit Orlando's Magical Dining has been extended four weeks through Oct. 31, the longest run in its 15-year history. We knew that this year, more than ever, our popular seasonal program, executed in a safe and appropriate way, had the potential to bolster local business…

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Fall promotions include PR, direct-to-consumer measures

Coming off a strong Labor Day weekend to close the summer travel season, our destination now enters a time of year, not including the holidays, that are typically associated with slower visitation. To help our industry weather the fall season, Visit Orlando is promoting our destination through…

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Strong Labor Day weekend for Orlando hotels

In another positive sign for our destination’s slow, steady recovery, I’m happy to share that Orlando’s tourism industry recorded a very strong Labor Day weekend. Parks at Universal and Disney reached their limited-capacity thresholds, and Metro Orlando’s hotel occupancy hit 42.2% on Friday and…

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Positive developments signal hope on the horizon

As we enter the final weekend of the traditional summer travel season, it’s worth noting that, despite the ongoing challenges created by the global pandemic, some positive developments are giving us hope on many fronts. Americans continue to be more optimistic about resuming travel-related…

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Destination Update: Aug. 28, 2020

Today’s the big day. Have you made your reservations yet? Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining is officially back for its 15th year, running through Oct. 4 with amazing three-course meals at dozens of our community’s finest restaurants. For only $35, it’s the best deal in town! As always, $1 from every…

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Destination Update: Aug. 21, 2020

You might have seen in the news today that, after over seven years as president and CEO of Visit Orlando, and 46 years in the tourism industry, 30 of them in Orlando, I have announced my upcoming retirement. More details will be shared in the coming days about my transition, but this is a decision…

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