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Grand Avenue 2012

Visit Orlando staff recently wrapped up the school year with the Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center mentor program. Visit Orlando has participated in the Devereux CAFE Mentor Program at Grand Avenue for more than 10 years. This year we had four volunteers mentor second-grade students once a week from August through June. 

The Grand Avenue Primary Learning Center is located in the heart of downtown Orlando and was established in 1926. The school serves the Holden Heights community, which is comprised of low-to-moderate cost homes, subsidized apartments and a housing project. Classes are self-contained with an average enrollment of 19 students per class in pre-kindergarten through second-grade.

Special thanks to Devereux CAFE Mentor Manager, Mike Jester, and Principal Lino Rodriguez for shepherding the Grand Avenue mentoring program with Visit Orlando!


Orlando 2011 visitation surpasses 55 million


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Today, Visit Orlando announced that it was another record-breaking year in 2011 with final 2011 visitation numbers revealing that Orlando welcomed 55.1 million visitors, up 7.2% from last year's record setting 51.4 million and 1.5% over the previous forecast of 54.3 million visitors. Total domestic visitation (business & leisure) accounted for 51.3 million visitors, a 7.5% increase over 2010 and a record for any U.S. destination; international travel totaled 3.8 million, an increase of 3.5% from 2010. Orlando is the first destination in the country to welcome more than 55 million visitors and remains the most visited destination in the U.S.

"This is tremendously positive news for the destination. We have seen a strong rebound in our visitation numbers over the past two years led by increases in domestic and international travel and we continue to be optimistic about the future of the destination," said Paul Tang, Chairman of Visit Orlando. "We are known worldwide as the top family destination and we continue to be a top choice for inspiring meetings. Breaking the 55 million total visitation mark shows the strength of the Orlando brand."

Canada continues to be Orlando's number one international market breaking the 1 million visitor mark for the first time, an increase of 5.7%, followed by the United Kingdom (767,000).

Additional visitation information includes:

• Visitation from Canada, Orlando's top international feeder market, was up 5.7% to 1,015,000    travelers in 2011 compared to 960,000 in 2010

• Domestic leisure visitation was up 8.3% to 41.4 million, representing 75% of all visitors

• Overnight leisure visitation was 28.3 million, up 9.8%

• Overnight convention-group meeting visitation was 3.3 million, up 2.7%

• Hotel room occupancy was up 5.8% to 67.6%


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