Hot Topics Session Covers Economy and Travel and Tourism Outlook

Hot Topics February 

While 2011's final visitation numbers are not in, many in the travel and tourism industry have seen a marked increase in their businesses. On Friday, February 24 at the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality, Visit Orlando hosted its first Hot Topics session for 2012.

The session focused on the current economic climate and how 2012 and beyond is shaping up. UCF economics professor Dr. Sean Snaith provided attendees with an entertaining synopsis of the economy's recovery, while Visit Orlando's Director of Research, Daryl Cronk provided context for the industry's quick turnaround from the recession. In all, more than 100 member partners participated in the event that was sponsored by Corporate Ambassador TAM.


Visit Orlando teams with Commissioner Moore Russell for Community Work Day

Community Work Day 

Team members and their families participated in Community Work Day with Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell on Saturday. The event was held in the Holden Heights neighborhood of Orlando with volunteers from the community cleaning up the neighborhood and installing mailboxes. More than four dozen people braved the rainy weather to clean up one of Orlando's oldest neighborhoods. Visit Orlando's "Mailbox Crew" installed eight mailboxes on one street in three hours. We want to thank Commissioner Moore Russell for helping to set up this community effort for our team.


Canada's Citytv broadcasts live from Orlando

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Visit Orlando hosted Canada's number one morning TV show Breakfast Television (similar to Good Morning America) February 6-8. The live broadcasts are viewed by more than 1 million viewers daily across Canada.

On Monday, February 6, the show broadcast from Universal Orlando Resort, Tuesday, February 7, from the shores of Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando and Wednesday, February 8, Breakfast Television aired their final day's broadcast from the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom.

Canada is Orlando's number one international destination with nearly 1 million Canadians visting the destination in 2010. Visit Orlando regularly works with broadcast, print and radio outlets throughout the world to bring the destination to life.

If you are interested in viewing some of the coverage you can go to Citytv's video page at


Visit Orlando launches mobile meeting app

After listening to the needs of meeting professionals and attendees, Visit Orlando is proud to offer new mobile websites and apps tailored to meeting professionals hosting their meeting or convention in Orlando. Working with technology partner mobiManage, we now provide branded mobile websites and apps for meeting professionals and attendees. These sites even allow planners to easily update their event information from any mobile device, saving time and money.

The mobiConvention and Events mobile app can be customized for any event, making it especially attractive for the busy meeting professional. Features include speaker and meeting schedules, interactive maps, session programming, geo-location and more, all of which can be updated in realtime. For the attendee, the app will encourage them to explore the destination with search listings for restaurants, hotels, bars, entertainment and shopping, all powered by up-to-date Visit Orlando data.

This is a tiered service - organizations can chose which elements they need - and mobiManage is available to assist with managing social media initiatives for meetings and events.


Visit Orlando exec provides CSR insights at PCMA

Tammi Runzler speaks about Corporate Social Responsibility at PCMA

During the Professional Convention Management Association's (PCMA) recent 2012 Annual Meeting in San Diego, a Visit Orlando executive led a session on corporate social responsibility (CSR). Tammi Runzler, senior vice president of convention sales and services, provided her personal and professional insights during an education session titled CSR: Not Just Once a Year. Runzler explored how to successfully integrate a volunteer program, and then develop it into a meaningful element of a company's culture by convincing decision makers of its overall value. Attendees learned how to match a suitable program to their organization as well as individuals. There was also a discussion among the participants about what specific types of CSR programs they had used in the past, challenges and how these obstacles were overcome.


Orlando and U.S. economy depend on Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism is by far Orlando's number one industry, but it also is one our nations top industries. Nearly 360,000 Central Floridians are employed by the industry with visitor spending topping a staggering $28 billion annually.


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