Visit Orlando Updates: October 5
Aguel Earns Recognition From BizBash Magazine
Congratulations to Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel for being named among the "Top 500 People in Events" by BizBash magazine. "Representing corporate events, associations, trade shows, social events, and more, these people represent the best of the meeting and event industry across North America," according to BizBash.
Visit Orlando Board Members Helping New Mayor's Transition
Visit Orlando board members Harold Mills, vice chairman of Zero Chaos, Tim Giuliani, president of Orlando Economic Partnership, and Jay Leonard, general manager of Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, will serve as advisers to Orange County Mayor-Elect Jerry Demings during his transition into office. The 37-member transition team consists of leaders in government, business, education and nonprofits.
UK's Top Travel Pros Visit VIP Super Fam
Visit Orlando, along with its partners, welcomed 50 of the UK's top-selling travel professionals to the 2018 Visit Orlando VIP Super Fam Sept. 24-Oct. 1. The group connected with 14 member companies at the Visit Orlando Marketplace, learning about the destination's hotels, attractions and shopping. The delegates returned to the UK equipped with the best knowledge and experience to sell Orlando to our No.1. international source market.
Promoting Orlando at Tradeshows in Brazil
In September, Visit Orlando participated in a pair of three-day consumer tradeshows in our key market of Brazil. More than 77,000 consumers and travel professionals attended the Flytour MMT Consumer & Trade show in the cities of Santos and Campinas. The event in Campinas saw an 11 percent yearly increase in attendance and a boost in product sales.
Orlando's Halloween Offerings on WKMG
Visit Orlando's senior director of public relations, Denise Spiegel, recently appeared on WKMG Channel 6 to promote Orlando's many Halloween offerings. The segment covered theme park events such as SeaWorld's Spooktacular, Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, as well as events beyond the parks, including the Crayola Experience and the horror-themed convention Spooky Empire.
Canadian Influencer Loves Orlando's Romantic Side
Visit Orlando targeted top-tier lifestyle and travel influencer @ThatsoTee (195,000 followers) to showcase Orlando as an ideal destination for couples. Tee experienced the theme parks, unique dining and Insta-worthy attractions, sharing more than a dozen posts and stories on social media. The coverage resulted from a destination orientation led by Visit Orlando's public relations team to target Canadian millennials ahead of a key booking period.
Brazilian Celebrities Experience Orlando
Visit Orlando partnered with Brazil's CARAS Magazine to bring 11 celebrities from Globo TV, the XFactor and the Voice Brasil to Orlando in September to promote the destination's diverse attractions, activities and dining. Their experiences will be showcased on CARAS's TV show, magazine, blog, website and social media, in addition to each celebrity's social media platforms.
26K Return for Microsoft Ignite
Microsoft Ignite - Microsoft's largest event for developers and IT professionals - recently wrapped up a sold-out conference at the Orange County Convention Center. More than 26,000 people were in attendance, generating $51 million in economic impact for our destination. The event, which first came to Orlando last year, will return again in November 2019.