Corporate Blog

Category: From the President & CEO, George Aguel

Destination Update: August 14, 2020

At a meeting this week with Mayor Demings and Orange County commissioners, I shared Visit Orlando’s newest push to leverage the love of Orlando by amplifying the voices of our passionate fans and visitors. Especially in these times, when travel professionals, social influencers, bloggers, media —…

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Destination Update: Aug. 7, 2020

I’m excited to report that our region’s Safer, Stronger, Together campaign is rolling right along — shifting into high gear, you might say — and we now have a 60-foot LYNX bus to prove it. This week I joined Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and other area leaders as we revealed this colorful new…

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Destination Update: July 31, 2020

“America needs a safe place where residents can go to exhale. … What we have endeavored to do here is to be that place.” These words by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, spoken at a recent meeting of the county's Tourist Development Council, certainly ring true. Indeed, our tourism industry's…

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Destination Update: July 24, 2020

For several weeks, businesses and local governments across Orlando have emphasized the importance of wearing face masks as an essential part of safely reopening our destination. In fact, it’s a pillar of our regionwide Safer, Stronger, Together campaign. Now, research shows that a destination’s…

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Destination Update: July 20, 2020

Across our destination, I’m encouraged by the progress we continue to make on several fronts, from the reopening of all our theme parks to last week’s return of the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships at the Orange County Convention Center. Underlining these developments is an industrywide…

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Destination Update: July 10, 2020

As you’re no doubt aware, Saturday marks another major milestone in our destination’s ongoing recovery, with the reopening of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom theme parks. When EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios follow suit July 15, all of Orlando’s theme parks will be…

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Destination Update: July 2, 2020

I hope you’re gearing up for a fun, relaxing and safe July Fourth holiday. It is crucial that we maintain a strong emphasis on safety as we celebrate this weekend. I’d like to thank all of our members who have participated in, supported and engaged on social media with our new “Safer, Stronger…

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Safer, Stronger, Together

As we continue to re-open businesses throughout the greater Orlando region, it remains more important than ever to keep our focus on ensuring the health and safety of everyone who resides in or visits our destination. Through this pandemic, we have evolved in ways that have made our region safer and…

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Important News from Orange County

June 24, 2020, 5 p.m.: As you are aware, our region has experienced a spike in coronavirus cases over the past two weeks. That spike, and related measures to address it, were important topics at today’s meeting of the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force that I co-chair. We discussed issues…

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Destination Update: June 12, 2020

It’s been yet another week of progress across Orlando, as our industry takes further steps toward rebuilding America’s favorite destination in a safe, measured way. I’m especially encouraged by yesterday's reopening of SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove. I’m also looking forward to the reopening…

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