Aguel Ranks Among Florida Trend's Top 500
Florida Trend magazine recently published its inaugural "Florida 500," naming Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel among the state's 500 most influential business leaders. The distinct honor recognizes influential business leaders in different economic sectors throughout the state for their overall commitment, energy and effort to continue moving Florida forward. Aguel was one of 44 top leaders in the statewide hospitality/tourism industry, specifically.

Two Weeks Remain for Magical Dining

There is still time to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite through Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express. Grab your friends, family or co-workers and enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe meal for $35 at more than 100 restaurants now through Sept. 30. One dollar from each meal supports Best Buddies and the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida.

UK Campaign to Run in Targeted Publications

Three double-page spreads that promote Orlando as a must-go travel destination will run in the Telegraph Magazine, The Sun and The Times as part of Visit Orlando's UK fall campaign. September and October are key booking periods for the UK market, as visitors start planning 12 months prior to travel.

Buzzfeed Features Magical Dining Month

Visit Orlando's publicity team recently secured a Magical Dining Month feature on Buzzfeed, earning 28 million potential impressions for the program. The article, titled Orlando's Magical Dining Month Is Back And Better Than Ever, mentions 15 participating restaurants and their Magical Dining menus.

HIMSS19, Grainger Prep for Shows in 2019
Teams from Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Grainger came to Orlando last week to prepare for shows in early 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center. HIMMS19 is expected to bring 40,000 attendees in February, while the Grainger Show (15,000 attendees) is scheduled for March. HIMMS returns to Orlando every even year through 2028; Grainger will hold its annual convention in Orlando through 2026.

Leading Brazilian Media Learn About Orlando

Visit Orlando forged new relationships with 20-plus top-tier Brazilian publications in Sao Paulo last month, creating opportunities to feature our destination's dining scene, new and upcoming attractions, fall festivals and holiday celebrations. The team hosted media interviews, met with airline and embassy partners, and worked with a local art company to feature Orlando's iconic attractions.

Members Engage with Top Meeting Planners

Visit Orlando held its annual Chicago sales mission Sept. 6, allowing members to engage with nearly 30 top meeting planners in the Chicago area. The 17 participating members presented new information regarding their hotels and venues, building relationships that will drive future meetings and convention business to Orlando.

Chicago Tribune Reviews Orlando's Food Offerings

Thanks to the efforts of Visit Orlando's publicity team, the Chicago Tribune recently published an article on Orlando's fall food events. The piece, Taking the Kids -- and indulging your inner-foodie and junior foodies in Orlando, has also appeared in 19 other news outlets across the country.