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Visit Orlando Events


Feb. 8
Power Hour Lunch
Earls Kitchen + Bar

4200 Conroy Road, Unit 246,
Orlando, FL 32839
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Ferna Bernstein, Visitor Services
Cost: Visit Orlando Member - $25
Click here to register.


Feb. 16
Member Meet-Up Happy Hour
Mama Louise Restaurant

7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 132,
Orlando FL 32819
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: TBD
Cost: Visit Orlando Member - $15
Click here to register.


March 2
Member Orientation

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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.

Member-to-Member Offers
Orange Lake Golf

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort is more than a stay, it is a place to play. Enjoy seven swimming pools, including a lazy river-style pool, waterslides, miniature golf courses, arcades, four golf courses, tennis, an 80-acre lake with plenty of watersports, a fun zone and more. Visit Orlando members save up to 10 percent off your stay. Call 407-477-7029 to reserve.


Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College is offering Visit Orlando members $10 off a season subscription. For $55, you'll receive one ticket to A Piece of My Heart and Urinetown, The Musical. Visit rollins.edu/annie for tickets and use code: VISITORLANDO.

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Citrus Club is offering Visit Orlando members 10 percent off entire food and beverage total on all new events booked taking place in 2017. If you book two or more events together, you receive 15 percent off total. Call Citrus Club directly to redeem offer. Offer Code: 2017

Do you have an offer that you would like to see posted? Submit an offer to Visit Orlando Member Relations here!

Congratulations Members


Congratulations to the following Visit Orlando members who have been recognized with Tripadvisor's 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards for hotels in the categories indicated:

Top 25 Hotels for Families
Floridays Resort Orlando, No. 1 - United States, No. 10 - World.
Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista, No. 3 - United States
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, No. 7 - United States
Marriott's Cypress Harbor Villas, No. 9 - United States
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, No.11 - United States

Top 25 Luxury Hotels
Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, No. 19 - United States

Congratulations to Universal Orlando Resort's Universal Orlando Foundation for receiving Tourism Cares' Legacy in Travel Philanthropy Award.

Congratulations to the following Visit Orlando Members on receiving a 2017 Foodie Award!
4 Rivers Smokehouse (various locations)
BJ's Restaruant & Brew-house (various locations)
Blue Martini - International Drive
Boma - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Chuy's Tex-Mex
Crooked Can Brewing Co.
Kevin Fonzo (K Restaurant)
Marlow's Tavern
North Quarter Tavern
Seasons 52
Texas de Brazil
The Boathouse (Disney Springs)
The Osprey Tavern
TooJay's (various Locations)
Westgate Smokehouse

Congratulations to the Four Seasons, and Victoria & Albert's on achieving their AAA Five Diamond Award!

Industry Events

Texas De Brazil

Texas de Brazil would like to offer $8 off their regular pricing on Hospitality Mondays! Offer valid for up to four guests. This is available for all people within the hospitality industry. Must show business card, check stub, ID, etc. to receive special discount.

Community Events

Feb. 2-3, 5
Elixir of Love
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

Feb. 4
United Arts' Arts for ALL Day Free 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (registration required)
Loch Haven Cultural Park

Through Feb. 5
Blackberry Winter
Orlando Shakespeare Theater


Feb. 8-Mar. 26
The Great Gatsby
Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Through Feb. 10
Youthful Expressions, an Exhibition by the Boys & Girls Club
City Arts Factory

Feb. 11
Valentine's Concert
Harry P. Leu Gardens

Feb. 16-26
Romeo and Juliet
UCF School of Performing Arts

Feb. 17
75th Anniversary Public Reception
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

Feb. 17-25
A Piece of My Heart
Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College

Feb. 22-March 24
Love's Labour's Lost
Orlando Shakespeare Theater


Feb. 25
Orlando Ballet - A Tribute to Harriett, Best of Broadway
Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts

Feb. 25
Everything Is Rosie!
The Winter Park Playhouse

Feb. 25
Orlando City Soccer Club - Purple Pride 5K
Orlando City Stadium

Through April 15
Step in Time: Marching Bands of Osceola County Exhibit
Osceola County Historical Society

April 29
A Gift For Teaching, Back-to-School Blast!
Rosen Shingle Creek

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President & CEO's Message

Feb. 3, 2017

International Travel Resources

George AguelThis week's news has seen an extraordinary amount of coverage regarding the administration's new executive order on immigration and refugees.

We recognize that it is important to find a balance that protects both the safety of the United States and ensures a healthy and welcoming travel industry. Visit Orlando supports our leaders in the administration and within our industry, including the U.S. Travel Association, as they proceed to clarify this process.

In the meantime, we want to ensure that you, our members, are aware of the most appropriate resource for travelers who may have questions. The Customs and Border Protection website is currently the primary centralized source for traveler information. Those international visitors with questions may also be able to find details on their respective country's U.S. embassy page - as certain embassies also have posted their own information.

Among our roles at Visit Orlando is to actively monitor and assess any potential implications for the destination and respond accordingly. We will continue to watch this closely, as well as share the latest informational resources with our members and visitors.

-George Aguel

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From the Research & Insights Desk of Visit Orlando

Year-End Hotel Metrics

More than 32.97 million hotel room nights were filled in 2016, the second most ever and missing 2015's record of 33.06 million room nights by less than one-half of one percent. The occupancy rate averaged 75.5 percent in 2016, down from 76.7 percent due to the room inventory rising from 117,371 to 119,904. The average daily rate (ADR) set a record in 2016, up 3.5 percent to $116.00, and revenue per available room (RevPAR) rose 1.9 percent to also set a record at $87.62.

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Visit Orlando Updates


Orlando Takes Over Toronto Raptors Stadium

Sunday marked the finale of a two-month Visit Orlando promotion with the Toronto Raptors, wrapping up with a massive takeover of the stadium as well as an in-game promotional event. In the fan engagement area, winter-weary fans took photos in a Visit Orlando-branded roller coaster and entered to win a trip to the destination. Our presence was undeniable for the 20,000 attending fans who braved the 24-degree-Fahrenheit temperature to attend the game between the Orlando Magic and the Toronto Raptors. Visit Orlando App download cards were also distributed.


"5 Unforgettable Orlando Sights"

Colombia's Carrusel, a lifestyle magazine with an average national readership of 231,000, recently published an article about "5 Unforgettable Orlando Sights." It highlighted attractions outside the theme parks by focusing on nightlife activities found in downtown Orlando's Church Street and the diverse culinary selections at Disney Springs. The article also recognized the aesthetically pleasing atmosphere of Park Avenue and the diverse I-Drive 360 attractions. The article is a result of an individual press trip with Carrusel's editor.


Icelandair Mid-Atlantic Workshop a Success

Visit Orlando attended Icelandair´s Mid-Atlantic Workshop in Reykjavik, Iceland, Jan. 26-29. Approximately 850 trade contacts attend this annual event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. The event not only gave the Travel Industry Sales Team the opportunity to meet with key Scandinavian tour operator and travel agent partners during the one-day workshop, but it also allowed for networking with the various Icelandair offices located throughout Scandinavia. 


FAM Welcomes dnata Travel

Visit Orlando's Travel Industry Sales Team hosted the dnata Travel Fam Jan. 20-26, including 12 travel agents from United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. Part of the Emirates Group, dnata Travel is the leading tour operator across the Middle East offering a broad range of travel product. The participants stayed at Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grade Lakes. Activities included the opportunity to experience Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, Universal Orlando Resort, Kennedy Space Center, outlet shopping and dining, as well as attending hotel site inspections. 


Mexico Travel Trade Experience Orlando

Last week, 13 travel agents with GTM Operadora de Viajes experienced many of the destination's popular attractions including I-Drive 360, Universal Orlando Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. GTM Operadora brought their top agents from regions of Aguascalientes, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Michoacon and San Luis Portosi, who, combined, are responsible for bringing more than 1,200 visitors annually to Orlando. While staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort-Orlando, the group conducted hotel site visits at Universal Orlando Resort's Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel; Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside, Art of Animation Resort and Contemporary Resort; and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista. Other great activities included dining experiences such as Itta Bena Restaurant at Point Orlando, shopping at Orlando International Premium Outlets, Disney Springs and an Orlando Magic Game. 



Weather Network Broadcasts Destination's Sun, Fun

All this week, Canada's Weather Network broadcasted throughout the entire morning TV show live from sunny Orlando while most Canadians were experiencing some extremely cold winter temperatures. The show, with an estimated 8.2 million viewers, broadcasted from a series of locations including Kennedy Space Center, SeaWorld Orlando, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Buena Vista Watersports and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress resulting in more than 90 minutes of exposure across Canada. Host Krissy Vann enjoyed a fun-filled week in Orlando's warm and sunny weather, reminding Canadians nationwide what they're missing


Visit Orlando Meets With 40 Media Outlets in NYC

The Public Relations Team attended the inaugural TravMedia International Media Marketplace in New York City Jan. 26, meeting with more than 40 media outlets including CNN, The New York Post, National Geographic Traveler and Toronto Star. Topics ranged from what's new in Orlando to lesser known attractions, dining and sports.

Roadshow 2017

Visit Orlando Roadshow Heads to UK/Ireland

Visit Orlando, in association with Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Universal Orlando Resort, will take to the road once again this year for a host of travel agent training events throughout the month of March. With the addition of Dublin for the first time ever, the Roadshow will now visit 10 cities in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Roadshow will include updates on its world-famous theme parks, new attractions, accommodations, shopping, dining and more.


Maritz Training Committee Fam Showcases Area

Visit Orlando hosted eight members of the Maritz Peer-to-Peer Training Committee in January. Through site visits at several hotels, event venues and park attractions, participants saw firsthand Orlando's offerings for meetings and events. A panel focusing on citywide convention topics provided information to the group that showcased why the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is one of the top centers in the country.

Pictured at the OCCC's West Concourse vertical garden are the Maritz representatives, OCCC staff and Visit Orlando staff.


NAVC Moves to the Convention Center

The North American Veterinary Community hosts their annual NAVC Conference at the Orange County Convention Center for the first time this February. The NAVC Conference brings in around 16,000 attendees annually and is considered the largest education conference and trade show for the veterinary profession. NAVC is scheduled to host their annual NAVC Conference in Orlando through 2028. The move to the Orange County Convention Center allows the conference to focus on bringing more scientific sessions, exhibits and breakout sessions to one centralized location, giving attendees more time and flexibility to experience all that the NAVC Conference has to offer. 

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News About Orlando


This Week at the Convention Center

Group Meeting Start End Estimated Attendees Estimated Economic Impact
Eastern States Veterinary Association, Inc. North American Veterinary Community 2017 Feb. 4 Feb. 8 16,000 $31,520,000
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Golf Industry Show 2017 Feb. 8 Feb. 9 16,000 $31,520,000
North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers NAFEM Show 2017 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 20,000 $39,400,000
Florida State Thespian Society, Inc. DBA Florida State Junior Thespians Florida State Junior Thespian Festival 2017 Feb. 9 Feb. 11 5,000 $433,400
Tampa Bay Volleyball Academy, LLC MLK Volleyball Tournament 2017 Feb. 11 Feb. 12 10,000 $650,000

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Spring Festivals Arrive at Theme Parks

From tried-and-true favorites to artful and exciting new offerings, fans of the festival circuit are going to have a blast park-hopping this spring. Two new events, SeaWorld's Seven Seas Festival and Epcot International Festival of the Arts, join longtime favorites, Epcot's International Flower & Garden Festival and Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras.

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Blog Promotes Orlando as The New "MVP" of Sports

Sports fans, rejoice! This is your year for an Orlando visit, with an exciting line-up of new sports venues and events for fans, spectators and athletes. Plan around one of the major-league events in Orlando, and hit your trip out of the park.

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SFB Readers' Choice for Airport Experience

Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) was named No. 1 Readers' Choice for "Airport Experience" in the February 2017 issue of Orlando Style Magazine. The No. 1 Readers' Choice recipients are selected based on survey, referrals and feedback.

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Universal Orlando Resort

Orlando, Universal Receive 2017 Travvy Awards

At the 2017 Travvy Awards, held Jan. 25 at New York City's Gotham Hall, more than 150 brands were honored, including Orlando receiving Gold for Best Family Destination, Domestic, and Universal Orlando Resort receiving Gold for Best Theme Park Hotels, Overall.

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Planet Hollywood Observatory Opens

Planet Hollywood Observatory has opened its flagship location in the heart of Disney Springs, transforming its iconic globe into a four-story stargazing observatory with new spaces including an outdoor terrace, a new menu and an exciting new look and feel.

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Orlando’s Weekend Events a Sellout

Orlando celebrates a triumphant weekend with a trifecta of event sellouts. Combined, the Billy Joel and Florida Georgia Line concerts at the Amway Center, and the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl all-star game at Camping World Stadium attracted nearly 88,000 in total attendance.

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Industry News


Are Millennials Moving Toward Lux Travel?

The image of millennials within the hotel industry often hasn't kept up with the reality of that generation. Speakers at the 2017 Americas Lodging Investment Summit said hoteliers can no longer expect millennials to confine themselves to lower-end product.

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Americans Expect Hotel Fitness Offerings

According to the 2017 Expedia Fitness Breaks Study, the most active travelers are Australians, with a full 55 percent believing it is important to exercise while traveling. Americans come in a close second, at 53 percent.

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TSA Expands PreCheck to 11 Airlines

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has expanded its TSA PreCheck to 11 new airlines, bringing the total number of airlines participating in the program to 30. The expansion includes both foreign and domestic airlines operating within the United States.

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CDC Zika Information

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), its most current data available at the time of this publishing (Feb. 1, 2017) indicate that 220 locally acquired cases have been reported in the United States, while 4,752 travel-associated cases have been reported. For the most current information about the Zika virus, visit the CDC's Zika page.

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