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October 14, 2022


Visit Orlando unveiled our region’s new global brand, Unbelievably Real, at IMEX America 2022 — the largest trade show in the United States for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry.

Over 10,000 industry professionals and exhibitors attended representing more than 180 countries, venues, vendors and suppliers.

View this video to see a recap of our success.

Orange County’s Hurricane Recovery Efforts

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, we continue to work with Orange County Emergency Management and community partners to serve as a resource in their recovery efforts. Residents and travelers displaced by the effects of the hurricane can apply for Transitional Sheltering Assistance, and FEMA will pay the cost to stay in certain lodging providers for a limited period.

A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is open daily at Barnett Park to provide a one-stop shop for in-person individual and business assistance. Visit, dial 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA mobile app for more information. In addition, the United Way Recovery Fund is available to help residents in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan assistance is available for homeowners, renters, nonprofits, and businesses of all sizes affected by Hurricane Ian.

To view the latest Orange County Government update held on Oct. 10, watch the conference on YouTube or Vimeo. For emergency updates, visit

12 Days of Magical Getaways

This week we launched Visit Orlando’s 12 Days of Magical Getaways Sweepstakes in collaboration with Walt Disney World Resort and flights provided by Frontier Airlines. This unique promotion, running until Dec. 5, will offer the opportunity to win one of 12 trips to Orlando for one winner, and three of their besties, to experience the Walt Disney World Resort 50th Anniversary celebration, just in time for the holidays.

Hotel Metrics

For the week ending October 8, 2022, Metro Orlando occupancy was 73.6%, up 10 percentage points from last week’s 63.6% and higher than the same week in 2019 (72.5%). Average daily rate jumped to $147.42 from $130.45 the prior week.

Around the Destination

2022 Women’s Achievement Award Gala: Thank you to the Women’s Executive Council (WEC) for recognizing me as a Woman of the Year. In addition, several fellow business and community leaders were honored with Women Achievement Awards. Since 1987, WEC has awarded over $761,000 in scholarship funds to more than 430 women in Central Florida. 
Brazil America International Summit: Visit Orlando attended the Brazil America International Summit presented by the Central Florida International Chamber of Commerce and the Brazil America Council. More than 100 attendees learned about Visit Orlando, Central Florida’s tourism economic impact, the Brazilian tourist influence and future growth of our destination.

More Updates to Share

Check out our Visit Orlando blog for additional information on:

  • An Instagram Guide highlighting Hispanic restaurants
  • How to submit fall and winter events
  • Visit Orlando’s newest members

In the News

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EDGE Media Network: October in Orlando: it's time to come out with pride

MSN: When should you book Thanksgiving travel? AAA says as soon as possible

TravelMole (UK): Orlando’s Halloween haunts

Casandra Matej
In your service,
Casandra Matej
Casandra Matej | President & CEO
Visit Orlando
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