Visit Orlando takes home three Flagler Awards

At the recent Florida Governors Conference, held in Orlando, Visit Orlando was recognized with three Flagler Awards including: silver in the direct marketing category for its new digital direct marketing brochure, bronze in creativity in public relations for the World Smile Day campaign and bronze in television advertising for the Mass Exodus television commercial. Visit Orlando's advertising, marketing and public relations activities are recognized annually for creatively and effectively promoting Orlando as a premier travel destination.


Nation’s Largest Electric Vehicle Rental Initiative Launches in Orlando

Drive Electric Orlando Display Car 

An unprecedented partnership of Orlando's leading rental agency, top hotels and major attractions today officially launched Drive Electric Orlando (DEO).  The effort is a first-of-its-kind electric car rental initiative that gives Orlando visitors another exciting experience to add to their itinerary in the Sunshine State - driving an electric car. 

"Orlando's visitors now have an opportunity to try out an exciting technology while saving time, saving money and making a difference," said Robbie Diamond, president and CEO of the Electrification Coalition, which is leading the Drive Electric Orlando effort.  "We see this program as Orlando's newest and smartest ride, a program that lets visitors see all that Orlando has to offer while leaving the gas pump behind."

With an extensive network of partners and more than 300 electric charging stations throughout America's tourism capital, Drive Electric Orlando offers a seamless experience from the rental counter, to the theme park, to the hotel and everywhere in between.

"Embracing an initiative like Drive Electric Orlando is an example of our commitment to constantly evolve as a destination and remain relevant to all of the travelers - both leisure and business alike - who make us the most visited destination in the country," says Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel.

 Drive Electric Orlando Leaders

Drive Electric Orlando will offer unique benefits to family vacationers and business travelers alike.  For families, it's an opportunity to enjoy fun, quiet and convenient transportation between all of Orlando's parks, attractions and restaurants without having to stop at the gas station.  For business travelers and those attending Orlando conventions, it's an opportunity to try something environmentally forward-thinking, cost-effective, and efficient. 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the Drive Electric Orlando car rental partner, is renting Nissan LEAF plug-in electric vehicles at its Orlando International Airport location.  "Our supporting role in the Drive Electric Orlando project promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in one of the world's top tourist destinations," said Lee Broughton, head of sustainability, Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  "We know that the car rental experience is often an extended test drive.  Our partnership with Drive Electric Orlando familiarizes travelers with new vehicle technology that they may not otherwise be able to experience."

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Fred Shea Named Senior Vice President of Convention Sales & Services


Fred Shea named senior vice president of convention sales. 

Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel today announced the promotion of Fred Shea to senior vice president of Convention Sales and Services for the nation's premier destination tourism association, effective immediately.

"After an extensive, nationwide executive search, we were delighted to find that Fred demonstrated unequivocally that he had the experience, credentials and national recognition that we were looking for," said Aguel. "Fred has been highly respected in our industry for many years due to his sales knowledge and service-orientation."


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