More Top 100 Meeting Hotels Than Any Other


When Cvent released its annual list of the most popular meeting hotels in the nation, 12 were Visit Orlando members! With a dozen top performers, Orlando had more mentions on the prestigious list than any other city in the United States. Cvent, a supplier network for professional meetings, spent the past year researching thousands of properties to arrive at what it considered the most popular. Whether for business or weddings, event venues or corporate gatherings, these hotels represent the tried-and-true favorites among the sites for many meeting and event planners.

While Orlando is known as the vacation capital of the world, we are also among the top meeting destinations. We are frequently recognized for our creative, unique and immersive experiences, and culture of hospitality has long been a hallmark of our destination. Already this year, the destination has welcomed a record number of meetings and conventions - making this one of the best first quarter starts in recent history. These visitors mean more jobs, greater exposure and a huge economic impact for our community.


Orlando's Name Is Written in the Stars

 Forbes Travel Guide

Orlando's status as a destination of choice was once again confirmed when Forbes Travel Guide rated three Orlando hotels, two restaurants and three spas to its Global Star list. The honor is given to properties that meet the industry's most stringent hospitality standards. In total, more than 500 criteria are evaluated to determine a Star Rating, which means travelers can be assured these properties are among the finest in the world.

Returning to the Global Star list for 2016 are The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes and the Villas of Grand Cypress. These luxury properties are joined this year by first-time recipient Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, all receiving four-star ratings. The Nine18 and Victoria & Albert's restaurants returned with four stars as did the Relâche Spa & Salon and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes. The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort appeared for the first time as a four-star winner.

Founded in 1958 by Mobil, the Forbes Travel Guide is the oldest travel guide in the United States and a global benchmark for luxury travel. Many of our leisure visitors and business travelers alike rely on the guide when searching for the world's most-preferred properties.

The Forbes Travel Guide ratings are among the latest awards our destination has received so far this year from other recognizable organizations. As we look to the future, Orlando's popularity will continue to rise and these properties, along with many other highly rated hotels and venues, provide more and more visitors to our area with diverse options for accommodations, superior services and unforgettable attractions.


Orlando Tops the List of Spring Break Destinations

As winter-weary Northerners endure the last cold blasts of the season, scores of sun-seekers are headed our way for what looks to be a record spring break. In fact, in a recent survey by, Orlando was ranked the number one Spring Break Destination for 2016. According to the survey, this year's travelers are seeking relaxation, convenience and value, making Orlando the ideal choice for spring travel.

With seven of the world's top theme parks, Orlando has always been a family favorite, but in recent years the destination has expanded its appeal even more. From fine dining and outdoor adventure to festivals and weather just made for a day at the waterparks, there's something for everyone. To welcome this year's spring break travelers, our members are offering a host of hotel deals, attraction discounts and must-do activities that are detailed on - adding even greater value to an already highly sought-after Orlando getaway.

The Orbitz ranking coincides with even more accolades from travel giant Trip Advisor, which just released the Top 20 Trending US Vacation Rental Markets. Not only did we make the list, Orlando showed a 53 percent increase in bookings from 2015 to 2016.

As we round out the week, temperatures are climbing and the skies are blue. It's the perfect time of year to welcome visitors to our home and introduce them to the many things there are to love about Orlando.


Orlando Continues to Shine

 100 Best Places to Live

Not only is Orlando the number one destination to visit and host a meeting, it's also a fantastic place to live. In fact, just this week U.S. News & World Report ranked Orlando among the top "100 Best Places to Live" in the nation. The high praise is thanks to the area's quality of life, job prospects and affordability.

For further proof of Orlando's bright future, just look to the rapid growth and development of our downtown. From a world-class performing arts venue to our superior sports facilities and a host of critically acclaimed dining spots, the destination has never looked so good. And just this week I had the privilege of being present at the State University System of Florida Board of Governors meeting, where our University of Central Florida (UCF), community and government leadership made an awesome presentation that gained approval for the UCF Downtown Campus at Creative Village. This occasion was another shining example of how all segments of our community come together so well for opportunities benefitting us all.

Orlando's growth potential has led to a diversified economy, new quality-of-life amenities, a revitalized downtown and better transit services through projects like SunRail and the expanded LYMMO services. Such strides bring about a better workforce, create financial opportunity and make this an exciting destination from which to welcome visitors from across the world.


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