Travel Like Never Before

The first-ever Visit Orlando's Business Insights Summit was held last week at the Orange County Convention Center. Nearly 800 of Orlando's tourism and community leaders had the opportunity to hear our special guest, Steve Forbes, chairman & editor-in-chief of Forbes Media and one of the leading minds on economic and political matters.

While interesting and insightful, Steve's straightforward talk didn't come without some jarring commentary on the critical issues that face our world. He talked about everything from troubled economies around the globe to our nation's recent deal with Iran. There were lighter moments as well, with most of them coming at the expense of presidential candidates and, in some cases, Steve himself.

Overall, however, our Central Florida tourism community should feel very good about what Steve had to say. He credited Orlando as a destination that's done phenomenally well in the face of a 10-year period of relative stagnation and painted an optimistic picture of an improved economy in the years ahead. Although Steve has a favorite party to win the White House in 2016, it's hard not to get excited about his forecast. Bottom line, Steve said, is that next year's election and then policy reforms in the next couple of years after that will bring "real boom times" to our destination, as people around the world will have the means to travel like never before.


Hotel Executives Think Forward to 2016


Forward Thinking 2016

Visit Orlando's Chief Marketing Officer Danielle Courtenay presented at the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association's Forward Thinking 2016 luncheon alongside Kathie Canning with the Orange County Convention Center and Paul Phipps from Visit Florida. More than 350 hotel and lodging executives heard how Central Florida is on track to break yet another visitation record and various marketing strategies being implemented to ensure our visitors - both leisure and business - keep coming back.


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