Orlando represents a true melting pot of global cultures and customs which can be incorporated into any meeting or event. (pictured: Performers during FusionFest.)
Orlando, continuously ranked as Cvent’s No. 1 meeting destination in the country, is committed to creating incredible meeting experiences for all attendees regardless of their gender, ethnicity or life stage. In fact, we strive to be the nation’s most inclusive travel destination overall.
The city’s welcoming atmosphere can be traced to our residents and their fascinating histories, which represent a true melting pot of global cultures and customs which can be seen in the multicultural festivals, museums, galleries, restaurants and other locally owned businesses that are found throughout Orlando’s diverse neighborhoods and districts.
Read on to discover how you can infuse these cultural influences into your next Orlando event.
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African American History & Culture
Orlando is home to captivating African American history and culture. Pair them with special events centered around Zora Neale Hurston, Black History Month and Juneteenth, as well as Black-owned attractions, restaurants and other businesses, and you can easily devote a large portion of your agenda to experiencing everything Orlando’s influential African American community has to offer.
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Asian American and Pacific Islander History & Culture
Orlando’s global mix of citizens includes a vibrant Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community that is as richly diverse as the countries they represent. In addition to headlining one of Orlando’s most popular dining and nightlife districts, Mills 50, AAPI influence on local culture and history can be found throughout the destination, including several MICHELIN restaurants, shops and annual celebrations that you’ll want to incorporate into your next meeting.
Hispanic and Latino History & Culture
Given the fact that Florida learned to speak Spanish long before English, it should come as no surprise that Orlando is home to robust Hispanic and Latino communities. In fact, per the U.S. Census Bureau, residents who identify as Hispanic or Latino account for more than 25% of the population inside our city limits, and over 30% throughout surrounding Orange County.
As a result, the Orlando area offers fascinating examples of Hispanic and Latino history and influence, including cultural attractions, special events, restaurants and other reasons to fill your agenda with events that your attendees won’t want to miss.
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A highly inclusive destination, Orlando has been a pioneer in LGBTQ+ tourism dating back to the original Gay Days in 1991. We were also named the first-ever “City of the Year” by GayCities.com, as well as the most LGBTQ+-friendly travel destination in the U.S. for 2021 by ParkSleepFly.com. Orlando has even earned a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, which measures the LGBTQ+ inclusiveness of cities' laws, policies and services.
So, it’s no surprise that Orlando hosts a multitude of special celebrations throughout the year. However, the city’s theme parks, shopping, vibrant live entertainment and dance clubs in and around the downtown area will ensure attendees have a great time no matter when your meeting takes place.
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