Visit Orlando Events

Jan. 7
Business Referral Group

Shiraz Grill
6427 Westwood Boulevard
Cost: TBD
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Feb. 4
Member Orientation
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Please note: Member Orientation will not be held in January due to the holiday season. The next session will be held February 4, 2016.

Feb. 24
10th Annual Party at the Pointe
Pointe Orlando
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Member Presents
Members interested in targeting the meetings and convention market can present their products or services during monthly, 30-minute sessions with Destination Services. Click here to schedule a session.

Congratulations Members

Congratulations to Wayne Stelling, the CARE Committee and all of the team members at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East UCF Area on a well-earned victory! Their outstanding CARE Packet, combined with fabulous scores on the Brand Promise Scorecard, has resulted in an outstanding CARE Cup win. This CARE Committee and team continually deliver the little things that mean everything and have earned the prestigious CARE Cup through a dedicated focus on the highest level of service to all guests, combined with a true passion for CARE and hospitality. Our sincere congratulations go out to everyone at the DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East UCF Area on yet another accolade and award-winning endeavor!

Member-to-Member Offers

The Florida Association of DMOs is seeking brief news items of 75 words or less for the "Quick Trips" section of its newsletter, Tourism Marketing Today. Please send submissions with a photo (if available) and a caption to editor.trainor@gmail.com. The deadline is Jan. 21 for the February edition.

Now through March 30, 2016, experience the nostalgia of driving a classic car or the thrill of driving a sports car for $25 off of any rental. Happy Dog Motors offers unique rental cars for a truly memorable visit. Take a day trip to the beach, explore some of the small towns outside of Orlando or just go cruising. Show this offer on your phone/tablet or print a copy to redeem on site.

Community Events

Through Jan. 2
Grinchmas at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure

Through Jan. 2
Macy's Holiday Parade at Universal Studios
Universal Studios Florida

Through Jan. 3
Christmas at Bok Tower Gardens Holiday Home Tour
Bok Tower Gardens

Through Jan. 3
Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Through Jan. 3
Light Up UCF
CFE Arena

Through Jan. 3
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights 2015
Disney's Hollywood Studios

Through Jan. 8
Connecting to Cuba
Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum

Jan. 5-8
The Sound of Music
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Jan. 7-10
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Jan. 14-18
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends
Amway Center

Jan. 15-18
10th Annual Otronicon
Orlando Science Center

Jan. 16
32nd Annual Downtown Orlando Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Lake Eola Park

Jan. 16
The Color Run | Tropicolor
Central Florida Fairgrounds

Jan. 16
Orlando Philharmonic: Brahms Symphony No. 2
Mayor Bob Carr Theater

Jan. 16-17
Central Florida Scottish Highland Games
Central Winds Park, Winter Springs

Jan. 16-31
Wild Days at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando

Jan. 20
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Jan. 23
2016 Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Lake Eola

Jan. 23
Color In Motion 5K
Artegon Marketplace

Jan. 23-31
Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities
Downtown Eatonville and Various Venues 

Jan. 24
Bach Festival Society of Winter Park - Red Priest
Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall

President & CEO's Message
December 31, 2015


George AguelAs proclaimed this week by The New York Times, (tonight) New Year's Eve is undoubtedly the ultimate reason to give a party.

While the highly influential newspaper acknowledged that many cities in the United States have celebrations, it named Orlando among less than a handful - four for anyone "counting down" - where ringing in the new year is a major occasion.

"Lavish fireworks shows" over our theme parks that make the sky "brighter," dance parties with live bands and midnight Champagne toasts and downtown venues with deejays and views of Orlando's midnight, orange ball drop all combined to place our destination in the headlines of a leading national paper blanketing our No. 1 domestic market for visitation.

In other words, this is good news for Orlando, as well as a great way to end the year and usher in 2016.

Happy new year!

-George Aguel

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From the Research & Insights Desk of Visit Orlando

Hospitality Industry Leading Central Florida's Job Growth

research chartNovember employment in the area's Leisure & Hospitality industry was 6.3% higher than the same month last year. The industry added 14,800 jobs, accounting for more than one-third of the increase in total nonagricultural employment in the Orlando MSA. The Hospitality industry was the largest employer in the Orlando MSA, accounting for 21% of total nonagricultural employment in November. The industry was also the fastest growing, adding more jobs and growing at a faster rate than any other industry.

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Visit Orlando Updates


U.K. National Newspapers Highlight What's New in Orlando

Following targeted pitching on what's new in Orlando for 2016, Visit Orlando's publicity team secured several pieces of coverage in major U.K. newspapers, including a feature story in The Telegraph and mentions in The Sun and Mail Online.

Orlando Article Featured in 33 Canadian Publications

As a result of hosting a short-lead press trip, Orlando was featured in the Toronto Sun, as well as 32 other media outlets by Sun Media. The article highlights what's new in Orlando's dining scene, as well as attractions and nature experiences.


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Top Canadian Parenting Magazine Highlights "The Other Orlando"

Following an individual press trip, Today's Parent magazine featured a destination story about what to do in Orlando outside of Disney. The article also ran on the magazine's app.

The New York Times Highlights New Year's Eve in Orlando

The publicity team worked closely with a writer to secure coverage in the New York Times online as one of the best places to celebrate New Year's Eve. The Orlando section calls out the extravagant theme park displays as well as Downtown Orlando.

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News About Orlando

Next Week at the Convention Center

Group Meeting Start End Estimate Attendees Estimate Economic Impact
ASI Show Inc Semi-Annual Jan. 5 Jan. 6 8,500 $16,745,000
CCA Global Partners Semi-Annual Convention Jan. 6 Jan. 11 3,000 $5,910,000
American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting Jan. 9 Jan. 11 6,000 $7,920,000


5 Things to Look Forward to at Walt Disney World in 2016

The new year will bring new shops, eats and attractions to Walt Disney World Resort.

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I-Drive 360 Developer Wants Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours could be offered at the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex on International Drive as early as next spring, the site's developer says.

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6 Orlando-Area Firms Landed on Forbes' 2015 Best Employers List

Central Florida was home to the largest number of Florida-based companies recognized by Forbes on its 2015 list of America's Best Employers.

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Disney Springs Plans Show Edison Restaurant Details, More

The Disney permits show the layout of The Edison, scheduled to open in 2016, including the location of its rooms, such as the Tesla Lounge, the Patent Office, Telegraph Lounge and the Radio Room.

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Diamond Resorts Preps for New Golf Tournament Bringing $5M in Economic Impact

Diamond Resorts is gearing up for its new golf tournament that is likely to bring thousands of visitors to the region.

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Update: iSquare Mall + Hotel Unveils New Images

Construction on a $400 million dual-tower complex is set to start next year on Orlando's International Drive-a little later than originally anticipated.

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Industry News

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2016 in Aviation: Profits, Airport Upgrades and the Longest Flight in the World

Huge airline profits. New planes. Longer routes. Improved airports. Heightened attention to safety. Throw in an estimated 3.7 billion passengers for 2016 ... and you've got a seriously busy aviation year ahead.

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Breaking Down ASTA's Huge 2015

For a while it looked like ASTA's effectiveness and influence as the representative of the travel agent community was in serious danger. The association, however, is on the upswing and it made major strides in that direction this year.

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Pact Could End Talk of Resort-Casinos in Sunshine State

An agreement completed last week between Gov. Rick Scott and the Seminole Tribe would give Florida more appeal for serious gamblers.

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STR Global: Europe and Americas Hotel Results for November 2015

Compared to November 2014, the Americas region reported a 0.6% increase in occupancy to 59.7%; average daily rate was up 3.9% to US$116.28; and revenue per available room increased 4.5% to US$69.38.

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2016 Meeting Trends

Increasing bandwidth and stretching budgets will be key.

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Orlando Magic Orlando Premium Outlets OUC Smart City Tupperware Brands
United Service Companies
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