Visit Orlando speaks to I-Drive Chamber members


 President & CEO George Aguel speaks to tourism industry leaders.

Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel presented to more than 150 members of the International Drive Chamber of Commerce this month.

Tourism leaders from all aspects of the popular International Drive corridor heard an update on the industry - from visitor forecasts and convention attendance to hotel occupancy and demand. The numbers are looking positive; anticipating more than 58 million visitors this year. And, thanks to an estimated $5 billion of capital investment across the Central Florida tourism industry, the biggest expansion in the destination's history, Orlando is more appealing than ever.

Aguel also provided attendees a glimpse into Visit Orlando's global marketing campaigns. In Canada - our number one international market - we will be expanding our efforts to grow our presence in Montreal and Quebec. And, in Brazil - Orlando's fastest growing international market - we will be expanding our efforts in cities outside Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, such as Brasilia, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Recife. More on Visit Orlando's marketing strategies will be shared at the Annual Industry Insights & Marketing Luncheon later this week.


ECHL All-Star Classic brings 'celebration of hockey' to Orlando in 2015

Orlando Solar Bears

Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to announce that the Orlando Solar Bears will face-off against ECHL All-Stars on January 21, 2015.  

This match-up at the Amway Center, presented by Visit Orlando, will be part of a week-long ‘celebration of hockey' that will feature a variety of tournaments and activities including a youth tournament at the RDV Sportsplex and an ECHL All-Star Fan Fest.  

"Visit Orlando couldn't be more delighted to partner with the Orlando Solar Bears to allow the City of Orlando to bring this important All-Star Game to our community," said Aguel.

ECHL All Star Game 2015

These games generate millions of dollars for the local economy as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of hotel rooms, participating in the week-long schedule of events.

"The selection of Orlando to host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game is another testament to our community's ability to host top-tier sporting events," said Mayor Dyer.


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Boys & Girls Club teens learn about careers in tourism

Teens learn about careers in tourism. 

Twenty teens from the Universal Orlando Foundation Boys and Girls Club branch might pursue careers in travel and tourism industry, thanks to a summer program coordinated by Visit Orlando. Discover Tourism, a week long program, provides an opportunity for today's youth to gain interest into possible career opportunities in the hospitality industry through various field trips and behind the scenes tours to Orlando's tourism venues.

The group began their journey at Visit Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center. A tour of Orlando International Airport provided insight into how more than 35 million people travel to and from the region each year. Participants went on to learn about accommodations and hotel management at the Peabody Orlando - complete with the famous duck march - and the Rosen Shingle Creek, where students competed in a hands-on activity with the housekeeping department. The program concluded focusing on the ins and outs of attraction operations. Students visited the Orange County Regional History Center and received a backstage look at Universal CityWalk.


OTTMS Bowl-a-thon Raised $10,768 for Junior Achievement


OTTMS Bowl-a-thon raised more than $10,000 for Junior Achievement.

Junior Achievement of Central Florida honored Visit Orlando with an "Above & Beyond" award for the Orlando Travel & Tourism Makes Me Smile Bowl-a-thon held at KINGS Bowl on International Drive as part of National Travel & Tourism Week.

Bowl-a-thons are Junior Achievements largest fundraisers. More than 8,000 people participated in various bowl-a-thons throughout Central Florida, raising $675,332 for Junior Achievement. With 122 tourism industry participants, the final number raised from the Orlando Travel & Tourism Makes Me Smile Bowl-a-thon was $10,768.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Orlando Travel & Tourism Makes Me Smile Bowl-A-Thon for Junior Achievement, or supported those that did.


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