Orlando Celebrates $60 Billion Economic Impact


2015 NTTW Proclamations

Visit Orlando, along with numerous community partners, recognized the annual National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW) with a series of events and activities. With one third of Orlando area residents employed in travel & tourism, it was a community-wide effort recognizing the industry's $60 billion economic impact on Central Florida.

The celebration began with two separate proclamations presented by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to Visit Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association. The mayors praised the "hard-working men and women in tourism" for their role in attracting and hosting the record 62 million visitors who came to Orlando in 2014.

Students from the Central Florida National Academy Foundation, Academy of Hospitality & Tourism, were encouraged to learn more about the career opportunities available right in their own backyard by touring the Orange County Convention Center. The aspiring tourism industry leaders were also encouraged to submit an essay on what "Travel Is" to Central Florida for the chance to win a $500 scholarship.

Local residents and tourism industry professionals joined together on the nationally recognized Travel Rally Day to celebrate what "Travel is" at the first annual Travel Around I-Drive with proceeds benefiting the YMCA Aquatic Center Scholarship Program for disadvantaged youth.

The highlight of the week came at the annual NTTW luncheon. Special guest, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger, a true American hero, shared his inspirational story while showing how preparation, leadership and focus are the keys to overcoming any obstacle-both in business and in life.

The Central Florida hospitality industry wrapped up National Travel & Tourism Week with the annual Tourism Matters Bowl-A-Thon at King's Bowl to benefit BASE Camp, which provides year-round programs for children and families facing the challenge of living with cancer, and other life-threatening, hematology related illnesses.


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