Category archives: Industry News

Visit Orlando Names Ron Keith National Account Director

Visit Orlando Names Ron Keith National Account Director

  • Posted on 08/12/2015

Visit Orlando is pleased to announce it has hired Ron Keith as a National Account Director. He is based in the Washington, DC area. Keith comes to Visit Orlando with more than 20 years of sales, client relations and association management. Most recently he was Director of Strategic Accounts, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Washington, DC ...

Orlando Hosts International Pow Wow with Record-breaking Attendance

Orlando Hosts International Pow Wow with Record-breaking Attendance

  • Posted on 07/20/2015


Q&A with Barbara Logan, Vice President, Meeting and Event Services, U.S. Travel Association

More than 6,500 delegates from 73 countries, including more than 1,300 international and domestic travel buyers and 500 media attended Pow Wow (IPW), the travel industry's premier international marketplace. The event, the largest single generator of travel ...

Nik Wallenda Takes a Death Defying “Stroll” on Orlando’s Newest Attraction

Nik Wallenda Takes a Death Defying “Stroll” on Orlando’s Newest Attraction

  • Posted on 04/29/2015


Daredevil Nik Wallenda walked Orlando’s newest attraction, the Orlando Eye, without a safety net or his trusty tightrope pole. Vast numbers of TV crews captured every second of his feat on the 400-foot-tall observation wheel. All this to publicize Orlando’s newest attraction, which will officially open April 29 at I-Drive 360, a dining ...

Orlando Becomes First Destination to Surpass 60 Million Visitors, Sets New Record for U.S. Tourism Industry

Orlando Becomes First Destination to Surpass 60 Million Visitors, Sets New Record for U.S. Tourism Industry

  • Posted on 04/13/2015


Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association, today announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014, including 10 million who came for business and conventions. The announcement marks a new all-time record for the U.S. travel industry, solidifying Orlando’s position as the most visited destination in the nation. Visitation ...

Visit Orlando and Orange County Convention Center Announce GRAPH EXPO Exhibition

Visit Orlando and Orange County Convention Center Announce GRAPH EXPO Exhibition

  • Posted on 03/23/2015


MOVING TO ORLANDO FOR FIRST TIME EVER IN 2016 

ORLANDO, Fla., (March 23, 2015) - Visit Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center today announced that GRAPH EXPO, slated for Sept. 25-28, 2016, will take place in Orlando for the first time ever.

GRAPH EXPO is recognized as the year's most innovative and comprehensive exhibition ...

Q&A with Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel GM

Q&A with Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel GM

  • Posted on 01/27/2015

A Few Minutes with Fred Sawyers, General Manager, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel on the new $125-million renovation.

Q: What can we expect with the new renovation?
A: We are undergoing a multi-phase, multi-year, $125 million redesign that will transform every guest room in the 758-room Swan Hotel and the 1,509-room Dolphin ...

Orlando Meeting Planner Q&A

Orlando Meeting Planner Q&A

  • Posted on 10/02/2014

Rev. Kevin D. Brooks, Agent of Record, Church of God International Offices, Cleveland, Tenn. The Church of God has held its General Assembly here in Orlando in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Q. What most impresses you about Orlando?
A. It's embarrassing how much I'm a fan of Orlando, but from the minute we ...

Orlando Boosts ROI for the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO 2015

Orlando Boosts ROI for the Helicopter Association International HELI-EXPO 2015

  • Posted on 09/03/2014

When the world's largest helicopter trade show and exposition comes to Orlando next March it should be a smooth ride, according to Karen Gebhart, VP business development for the Alexandria, VA.-based Helicopter Association International. Twenty thousand exhibitors and attendees- with 50 or so exhibiting helicopters flying in, will land at the Orange County ...

Visit Orlando Names Stephanie Naegele Vice President of Convention Sales Operations

Visit Orlando Names Stephanie Naegele Vice President of Convention Sales Operations

  • Posted on 07/22/2014


Visit Orlando is pleased to announce that it has hired Stephanie Naegele as Vice President of Convention Sales Operations.

In this new role, Naegele will be responsible for leading the day-to-day sales and administrative efforts for the Business Development, Diversity Markets, Strategic Accounts and Pharmaceutical Sales teams.

"Stephanie has demonstrated a deep commitment and strong ...

Visit Orlando Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership With U.S. Tennis Association

Visit Orlando Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership With U.S. Tennis Association

  • Posted on 07/09/2014


Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, teamed up with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on June 13 to announce a major new partnership between the two global brands.

Visit Orlando has been named the exclusive global tourism partner of the US Open, the highest-attended annual ...

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