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Visit Orlando's social media insiders give followers a preview of what to expect when the International Champions Cup comes to Camping World Stadium this summer. Buy tickets today!

 

 
Visit Orlando Events
 

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June 21
Power Hour Lunch - Kasa Restaurant & Bar
Kasa Restaurant & Bar

183 S Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
Join us in Downtown Orlando and network with fellow members in the heart of our city. Members will enjoy lunch from this innovative restaurant.
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Cost: Visit Orlando Members - $25
Click here to register.

July 12
Power Hour Lunch - Taverna Opa
Taverna Opa

Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Dr #2240
Orlando, FL 32819
We'll be back at Pointe Orlando in July and will hear an update on International Drive from Luann Brooks, Executive Director, I-Drive Business Improvement District.
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Cost: Visit Orlando Members - $25
Click here to register.

July 13
Member Orientation

Recommended for both new members and long-time Visit Orlando members to learn:
• How Visit Orlando markets the area as a convention, meetings and visitor destination;
• The benefits of membership; and
• How to take advantage of the value-added services available exclusively to members.
Click here to register.

July 20
Member Meet-Up Happy Hour - STK Orlando

STK Orlando
Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Visit Orlando Members - $15
Click here to register.

Member Presents
Members interested in targeting the meetings and convention market can present their products or services during monthly, 30-minute sessions with Destination Services. Click here to schedule a session.

 
 
Member-to-Member Offers
 

Exclusive Sporting Event
Don't miss your chance to see two of the biggest clubs in Europe when French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain faces off against English super club Tottenham Hotspur on July 22 at Camping World Stadium. Visit Orlando members save 30 percent. Offer code: VISITORLANDO. Buy tickets today!

 Orange Lake Golf

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort is more than a stay; it is a place to play. Enjoy seven swimming pools, including a lazy river-style pool, waterslides, miniature golf courses, arcades, four golf courses, tennis, and an 80-acre lake with plenty of watersports, a fun zone and more. Visit Orlando members save 20-25 percent off your stay. Call 866-892-5890 to reserve.

Citrus Club is offering Visit Orlando members 10 percent off the entire food and beverage total on all new events booked taking place in 2017. If you book two or more events together, you receive 15 percent off the total. Call Citrus Club directly to redeem offer. Offer Code: 2017

Orlando Convention Photographers is offering Visit Orlando members 25 percent off photography services for business portraits, services, meetings and marketing materials. Offer code: 012317

Premier Piano Shows is offering a vendor discount to Visit Orlando Members. Offer provides $500 vendor discount off of any Corporate Dueling Piano Entertainment package (retail prices range from $3,275-5,000 for three-hour show). Click here to fill out contact form with information about your event. Enter Promo Code "VO500OFF". Offer not valid after Sept. 1.

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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is offering all seats at $35 for Visit Orlando Members. Click here to purchase tickets and enter offer code "VISITORL". Offer expires Sept. 30.

Orlando City Soccer Club is offering Visit Orlando Members discounted tickets to upcoming Orlando City and Orlando Pride games. Click here to find tickets and a promotional code!

United World Soccer Florida Mall is offering Visit Orlando members 15 percent off jerseys such as Orlando City, and $20 off footwear. Members also receive $10 off items already on sale. For redemption, use offer code SaveinMay17 at register at the Florida Mall location.

VR Orlando Rentals is offering Visit Orlando members 20 percent off on any Virtual Reality Rental package. To redeem, call or email with the offer code "VISITORLVR" and the discount will be applied once the booking is confirmed.

Ember is offering $5 off the regular price at Uncorked! Plan to visit Ember every Wednesday through Dec. 31 for unlimited fine wines, select drafts and hors d'oeuvres from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Text "Visit" to 407-470-9924 and show the message you receive at the door.

Do you have an offer that you would like to see posted? Submit an offer to Visit Orlando Member Relations here!

 
 
Industry Events
 

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K1 Speed Orlando Monday Night Hospitality Special! $12 races, plus $3 mini bowling. Industry employees must show valid ID or recent pay stub. Offer valid Mondays only.

 
 
Community Events
 

Through Sept. 10
Sea and Sky: Watercolors and Drawings by Paul Signac From the Arkansas Arts Center Collection
Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College

Through Oct. 15
Tin Can Tourism Exhibit
Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum

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Through July 2
Architects as Artists
Art & History Museums - Maitland, Maitland Art Center

Through Sept. 3
Summer of Love: Reflections on Pulse
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Through Aug. 20
Florida Prize in Contemporary Art 2017
Orlando Museum of Art

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Through Sept. 4
Identity: An Exhibition of You
Orlando Science Center

Through July 9
Skylight
Mad Cow Theatre

June 19–23
World Ballet Competition's 2017 Finals
Central Florida Ballet, Orange County Convention Center, Chapin Theater

June 24
Liberty Weekend Food & Wine Experience
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

June 27
Diana Ross: In The Name Of Love Tour with special guest Rhonda Ross
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

June 30
2017 Vans Warped Tour Presented By Journeys
Tinker Field at Camping World Stadium

 
 
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President & CEO's Message
 

June 16, 2017

As Magical Dining Grows, So Does Our Goodwill

George Aguel I'm delighted to share some exciting news that, due to the ever-growing success of Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month, this year we will be able to support not one, but two, of Orlando's wonderful charities. We are happy to announce that this year's two recipients will be Freedom Ride, an organization offering therapeutic horseback riding programs for children and adults, and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, which provides support to kids and their families living with the life-threatening illness.

During our Magical Dining program, our local restaurant members donate $1 from each meal served and last year the program raised a record $195,125 for the Russell Home for Atypical Children.

Along with our sponsor, American Express, we look forward to kicking off this year's Magical Dining Month which runs from Aug. 25 - Oct. 1. Not only does this program showcase our award-winning chefs and their creativity, it also provides an opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy many of the culinary creations Orlando has to offer - all while dining for a cause.

We are already receiving lots of interest from consumers wanting to know which restaurants are participating, and what the menus will be. Stay tuned to Tourism Matters for the latest updates so you can make your own plans in advance - and take advantage of our destination's incredible dining experiences at a great value!

-George Aguel

 
 
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From the Research & Insights Desk of Visit Orlando
 
More Americans Planning Summer Vacations, but with Caveats

The 17th annual survey by travel insurance provider Generali Global Assistance found that more Americans are planning summer vacations, but for less days and at greater savings. The survey found that 66 percent of Americans plan to travel this summer, an increase of five percentage points from last year. However, these summer vacations will be over an average of 1.4 weeks, which is a decrease from the 1.7 weeks taken last year. Responders also are planning to decrease their budgets by 20 percent. In other points of interest, the survey also found that hotel stays are still the most popular form of lodging among Americans on vacation (57 percent), followed by friends and family (32 percent) and person-to-person rentals or exchanges (18 percent).

 
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Visit Orlando Updates
 

FOX35

"Orlando Matters" Talks Tourism

Recently, Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel sat down with Fox 35 anchor, Ryan Elijah, to discuss tourism trends and the impact of our industry on Central Florida. Look for their conversations to air June 17 on My65's Saturday morning program "Orlando Matters" at 7 a.m.

Readers Digest

Orlando: 'Best Summer Weekend Getaway'

The PR team worked with Reader's Digest online (2 million unique monthly visitors) to highlight Orlando as one of "15 Best Summer Weekend Getaways You'll Want to Book This Second." Reader's Digest also shared this on their social channels, generating an incremental 3.1 million impressions.

Azul

Azul Magazine Touts Winter Park

The April issue of Azul Magazine, the monthly in-flight magazine from Azul Airlines, featured a three-page spread highlighting Winter Park as a must-see hotspot. The spread captured Winter Park's traditional charm, featuring scenic boat tours and events at Central Park, places such as the Morse Museum and Williams-Sonoma, and locally renowned eateries in the area.

Estado de Sao Paulo

Orlando Featured in Brazil Newspaper

Brazilian national media outlet, Estado de São Paulo, created several video and print stories on Orlando's newest offerings. Each video will be released weekly on the outlet's website (43.6 million unique monthly visitors) and the story will be published in the print newspaper, reaching an audience of 268,241 consumers. The coverage will also be promoted on the media's social channels to an additional 4 million followers.

InfoComm

InfoComm Converges on Orlando

InfoComm International®, the trade association representing professional audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide, brought more than 35,000 attendees to the Orange County Convention Center, June 14 - 16. They offered support for the Orlando community with a lighting memorial on the OCCC building in honor of the Pulse tragedy, and also will return to Orlando every other year through 2025.

Pictured from left to right: Fred Shea, Visit Orlando; Allison Konczyk, Exposition Operations Manager, Infocomm; Yulita Osuba, Kris Shoemaker, and Rodney Gutierrez, OCCC; Jason McGraw, Sr. Vice President of Expositions, InfoComm

 

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Orlando Mayor Receives Spotlight Award

Visit Orlando joins the community in congratulating City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on receiving Orlando Economic Partnership's John Young Spotlight Award on June 6 at the Orlando Museum of Art in Loch Haven Park. The John Young Spotlight Award honors a person or group that has directed national or international attention to Central Florida. Mayor Dyer was recognized for his leadership among many items, specifically as he united our community during last June's Pulse shooting tragedy.

Pictured from left to right: Orlando Economic Partnership's new President and CEO, Tim Giuliani, City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Jacob V. Stuart

Dreamscapes

Canadian Travel Magazine Highlights Orlando

The PR team generated coverage in Canada's top travel magazine, Dreamscapes (277,000 impressions). The story focuses on family-friendly activities in Orlando, including theme park attractions, as well as lesser known areas like Winter Park.

Premiere

Leading Beauty Show a Success

More than 57,000 attendees from 44 countries participated in the Premiere Beauty Show 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center. The leading beauty show, which will return to Orlando through 2022, brings together a variety of industry professionals from cosmetologists and estheticians to massage therapists and spa owners.

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Members Network with Meeting Professionals

Visit Orlando, along with 19 member companies, conducted a highly successful sales mission, attracting 69 meeting professionals from the New York and New Jersey area.

Dad

10 Things to Do with Dad

Father's Day is right around the corner and, to capitalize on this family-friendly holiday, Visit Orlando compiled a list of Father's Day activities perfect for all types of Dads and their families, from thrill-seekers and theme park fanatics to foodies and nature-lovers.

 
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News About Orlando
 

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At the Center

Group Meeting Start End Estimated Attendees Estimated Economic Impact
Paychex, Inc. Paychex Sales Summit 2017 June 20 June 22 400 $788,000
KPMG LLP KPMG - N.I.T. Summer 2017 June 20 June 23 1,700 $3,349,000
Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Inc. Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo June 23 June 24 2,300 $4,531,000
Healthcare Financial Management Educational Foundation Healthcare Financial Management Educational Foundation ANI 2017 June 25 June 27 4,500 $8,865,000
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International 24th Annual FGBCF International Conference 2017 June 27 June 29 5,000 $9,850,000
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Inc. 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders July 1 July 4 3,500 $6,895,000
Youth Basketball of America, Inc. Youth Basketball of America July 2 July 15 10,000 $9,850,000
 

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Coming Together for Orlando United

The Orange County Convention Center, Orange County Regional History Center and The Orlando Eye were lit in rainbow colors as the community came together for Orlando United Day | A Day of Love and Kindness.

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Madame Tussauds

New Figure Coming to Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds Orlando announced the arrival of a new Justin Bieber wax figure at the attraction this month. The new figure will be on display on June 21, which also coincides with National Selfie Day.

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#LoveOrlando

Visit Orlando joined the community to spread love, kindness, acceptance and hospitality in memory of those lost in the Pulse tragedy; sharing positive messages of support from people around the world.

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Mangos

Mango's Announces Summer Concert Series

Summer is heating up in Central Florida as one of International Drive's hottest destinations in nightlife and entertainment welcomes the biggest names in Latin music to their stage with the 2017 Mango's Summer Concert Series.

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Industry News
 

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New Study: Global Tourism and Jobs

According to a new report by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the global Travel & Tourism sector directly sustains twice as many jobs as the financial sector, and five times as many jobs as the chemicals manufacturing sector.

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New Airlines Join TSA PreCheck

Seven more airlines have joined the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program, bringing the total to 37 airlines now participating in the expedited screening process.

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Bleisure Travel Expected to Increase

In the past year, more than a third of North American business travelers extended a work trip into a leisure trip, according to a survey by the Global Business Travel Association.

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CDC Zika Information

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), its most current data available at the time of this writing (for the period of Jan. 1 - June 14, 2017) indicate that 1 locally acquired case has been reported in the United States, while 135 travel-associated cases have been reported. For the most current information about the Zika virus, visit the CDC's Zika page.

 
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