Brazil Campaign Wins Silver Adrian Award
Visit Orlando received a Silver Adrian Award in New York City for its 2017 Brazil campaign that focused on everything Orlando has to offer including shopping, dining and entertainment. The Adrian Awards are presented by Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, a group that represents all segments of hospitality, travel and tourism.
Goudy to Be Honored at CEO of Year Awards
Congratulations to Visit Orlando board member Roger Goudy, president & CEO of the Amateur Athletic Union, for being selected by the Orlando Business Journal as a CEO of the Year. The awards recognize company executives who have had significant career achievements over the past year, as well as a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance and active community involvement.
Welcoming I-Drive District Engagement Officers
The community relations team met with the newly designated I-Drive district engagement officers last week to share Visit Orlando's role in marketing the destination and how we work with local law enforcement to ensure visitor safety. Complementing the Tourist Oriented Policing Sector (TOPS) initiative, this is a new partnership funded by the I-Drive Improvement District. Officers will be assigned to the I-Drive area and serve as a liaison between visitors, residents and businesses.
Orlando Featured in Canadian Geographic
Visit Orlando's public relations team secured coverage in Canadian Geographic's spring/summer issue. The two-page article showcases two ways to experience Orlando — traveling solo and with little ones — and highlights dining experiences, new attractions, unique accommodations and outdoor adventures throughout the destination.
16K Attend McDonald's Convention in Orlando
McDonald's Corporation welcomed 16,000 franchisees and exhibitors from 100 countries to its 2018 Worldwide Convention at the Orange County Convention Center last month. OCCC Interim Director Jessie Allen, McDonald's Director of Meetings and Events Christa Woss and Senior Director of Creative & Event Solutions Joseph Youssef joined Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel at a pre-conference event. McDonald's Corporation holds its convention in Orlando every other year.
Members Receive Cvent Certification
The convention sales team conducted a Cvent Supplier Network training and certification for members this week. The online training sessions, which connect meeting planners with hotels and venues, provide insight and tools that will help increase conversions for Orlando hotels.
Academy of Pediatrics to Bring 16K Attendees
Visit Orlando hosted the meeting planning team from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) during a site visit to the destination this week. The AAP Experience National Conference & Exhibition 2018 will be held here in November, with an expected attendance of 16,000.
Visit Orlando's Top 10 STEM Attractions for Kids
School is letting out for summer, but Orlando gives kids countless fun ways to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) all year long. Visit Orlando's social team compiled a Top 10 list from theme parks and attractions around the area where children can learn about the sciences while having a blast. Visit our blog to learn more.