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Visit Orlando releases Orlando's Holiday Event Guide on social media.

Visit Orlando Events
Nov. 17
Leads Lunch
Floridays Resort, 2nd Floor

12562 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
Cost: $18
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Nov. 17
Visit Orlando Webinar
There *IS* an App for That! The Best Apps for Busy Professionals

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Dec. 1
Member Orientation

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Dec. 13
Annual Meeting & Luncheon

Orlando Marriott World Center
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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

Florida Hospitality Industry Association would like to extend a $5 discount on Florida HIA Membership to Visit Orlando members and employees until Nov. 30. Enjoy more than 50 free attractions along with hundreds of exclusive discounts around the state.

The Palms Hotel & Villas is offering a special rate for members, relatives and friends of $65 plus tax for a suites-style condominium, including resort fee. They can accommodate up to six people in each suite. This is based on availability until December 2016. For additional information or to book rooms, call 407-396-2229 ext. 2205.

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, an 80-acre lake with plenty of watersports, a fun zone, and more. Visit Orlando members save up to 10 percent off your stay. Call 407-477-7029 to reserve.


Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College is offering Visit Orlando members $10 off a season subscription. For $55, you'll receive one ticket to The Foreigner, Upton Abbey: An Improvised Comedy of English Manors, A Piece of My Heart, and Urinetown, The Musical. Visit rollins.edu/annie for tickets and use code: VISITORLANDO.

Dollar Off Drinks is extending a 20 percent discount on their six-month and one-year memberships to Visit Orlando members. To redeem, use promo code: visitorlando.


Sammy Duvall Watersports, located behind Disney's Contemporary Resort, is proud to offer Visit Orlando members 10 percent off all water activities (parasailing, personal watercraft, wake boarding, water skiing and more) now through Dec. 31. To claim this offer, call 407-939-0754 or email reservations@sammyduvall.com, and mention the offer code "visitorlando10" when booking.

Sugarcanes Rum Bar & Lounge wants to invite Visit Orlando members to the Tuesday & Wednesday Massive Happy Hour experience. Visit Orlando members also receive an additional 10 percent off their ticket during non-happy hour times as well.

Main Event Orlando would like to extend their Holiday promo to Visit Orlando Members. Just mention this promo when booking.

Industry Events

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Run the PNC Family Challenge 5K on Dec. 3 at the scenic Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida. Click here to register.

The PNC Father/Son Challenge will take place Dec. 8-11 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. This tournament celebrates family values and the special relationships that are created on the golf course. Visit pncfathersonchallenge.com for more details.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, Visit Orlando's charity partner, is in need of holiday gifts for the more than 700 children in their program. As we prepare for the holiday season, please consider donating $10 gift cards for the "Holiday Little Gift Giveaway" event to be held Dec. 10. Gift cards can be delivered or mailed to Kristin Rothbauer at Visit Orlando, 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32821. Or, make a financial donation online at bbbscfl.org.

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil is offering Florida's hospitality employees, and as many as five guests per employee, up to 36 percent in savings on tickets for Thursday-night shows from now until Dec. 16. Discounted ticket prices start at $48 and are available for purchase now at lanouba.com. Hospitality employee ID or paystub required.

Community Events

Nov. 11 - 13
Art in Odd Places 2016 "PLAY"
Downtown Orlando

Nov. 11 - 13
Come Out with Pride
Downtown Orlando

Nov. 11 - 14
Lakeridge Winery Holiday Open House
Lakeridge Winery, Clermont FL

Nov. 16
Go-Kart Racing Tournament benefiting the Simon Youth Foundation
I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing

Nov. 17
2nd Annual Community Hero's Celebration Luncheon benefiting Children's Safety Village

Nov. 18-19
Voices of Light presented by Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra, and GladdeningLight
Knowles Memorial Chapel, Winter Park

Nov. 19-20
Orlando Ballet Presents Arcadian Broad's Beauty & The Beast
Garden Theatre

Nov. 20
Florida Hospital Golden Gala
Coronado Springs Resort

Through Nov. 27
The Missing Matisse: Pierre Henri Matisse
Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Nov. 25 - Dec. 31
SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld Orlando

Dec. 2
I-Drive Chamber Holiday Ball & Bash

Dec. 3
64th Annual Winter Park Christmas Parade
Park Avenue, Winter Park FL

Dec. 10
Don Quijote Awards
Epcot World Showcase

Dec. 10-11
A Classic Christmas performed by Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra
Knowles Memorial Chapel, Winter Park

Through Jan. 1, 2017
The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Celebrating 75 Years
Morse Museum

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President & CEO's Message

Nov. 11, 2016

Visit Orlando Serves Up an Exciting Annual Meeting

George AguelAs we put a long election season behind us and turn our attention toward 2017, we are preparing to host our Annual Meeting and Luncheon on Tuesday, December 13 at Orlando World Center Marriott.

Joining us will be American tennis legend Jim Courier. A Central Florida resident, Jim will share war stories from his career on the courts, how Orlando is being transformed into the epicenter of tennis in the U.S., and the impact on our travel and tourism community.  As a number-one ranked player with four Grand Slam titles to his name, he enjoyed a legendary career which spanned 13 years and ushered him in to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He is not only an ambassador for the sport of tennis, but also an enthusiastic supporter of our destination.

We will share much more including celebrating the year in review, so make plans to attend this important end of the year event for our industry and look for more details to come.

-George Aguel

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From the Research & Insights Desk of Visit Orlando

Orange County TDT Sets Record in Fiscal Year

September collections of Orange County's Tourist Development Tax were 5.4 percent higher than the same month last year. Collections of the tax have exceeded prior year levels for 41 consecutive months, a streak that started in May 2013. Collections during the County's fiscal year that ended in September totaled $239,528,500, an increase of 5.9 percent over the previous fiscal year and a new all-time high.

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Visit Orlando Updates

Wyndham Grand

Wyndham Grand Completes Renovation

Charlie Kingston, general manager of the Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek and George Aguel, president & CEO of Visit Orlando, cut the ribbon on the new 3,500-square foot Bonnet Creek Ballroom, part of the hotel's $5 million expansion. The ballroom also includes a wraparound balcony and terrace overlooking the 10-acre lake, a state-of-the-art lighting system capable of producing any color on the color wheel, and updates to three restaurants.


Last Day to Apply for Charitable Partnership

Nov. 11 is the last day for locally-based non-profits that benefit families and children to apply for consideration to partner with Visit Orlando in the coming year. Last year, Visit Orlando contributed more than $175,000 through its annual fundraising events. Eligible non-profits are encouraged to apply for consideration. Apply Online.


Sales Mission a Success

Visit Orlando held a mini sales mission to Switzerland and Germany, Nov. 2-4, with Visit Orlando partners - Coco Key Hotel and Water Resort and Rosen Hotels & Resorts - prior to World Travel Market in London. The three-day mission included presentations at Hotelplan and FTI Touristik in Zürich, followed by product meetings at United Airlines, Lufthansa, Thomas Cook and DER Touristik in Germany.


Popular Canadian Websites Highlight Orlando

VitaDaily.com and VanCourier.com (523,000 combined UMV) published stories on Orlando as a result of a recent Visit Orlando group press trip. The articles focus on what's new at the theme parks as well as the unexpected side of Orlando.


Potential Meeting Opportunities Uncovered

The Convention Sales Team engaged with a variety of new business prospects clients for the corporate, association, education and intermediary markets. During the sales call meetings, the team uncovered new meeting opportunities with total room night potential that exceeds 6,500 for Visit Orlando member hotels.

Pictured from left to right: Michael Townes, Visit Orlando; Kim Lesch, Lubrizol; Mimi Whitney, Experient Select; Travis Binkley, Visit Orlando.


Rolling Stone

Orlando's VIP Treatment in Rolling Stone Magazine

Mexico's Rolling Stone magazine, with an average monthly print circulation of 245,000, featured a full-page spread highlighting the destination's luxurious activities. The article gave special mention to the Four Seasons at Walt Disney World Resort for its VIP treatment and stunning architectural design. It also included some of Orlando's popular culinary venues like Eddie V's Prime Seafood, The BOATHOUSE and The Wine Room. This was part of a press trip that included nationally recognized media publications.

UK blogger

Family Blogger Generates Millions of Impressions

Visit Orlando engaged with Katie Ellison, UK blogger and social media influencer for Mummy Daddy Me, for a visit to Orlando with her family, Oct. 20-28. Her trip was chronicled in real time on her social media channels, generating more than 1.1 million impressions. She will also be posting additional stories on her blog and creating videos for her popular YouTube channel.

FTI Touristik

Executive Exchange Takes Place

While attending the Association Executive Exchange in New Orleans, the Convention Sales Team met with senior level executives - representing more than 520 associations - through a combination of face-to-face appointments, networking, breakout educational sessions and leadership events.

Pharmaceutical Meetings & Conventions

Visit Orlando was represented at the ExL Pharmaceutical Conference in Philadelphia. This pharmaceutical education conference helped connect end users of major pharmaceutical companies and major influencers from the larger third parties. As a result of the conference, Visit Orlando connected with several new potential accounts, as well as entertained senior sourcing managers from Maritz and American Express booking for Merck, Novo Nordisk, Dell Computers and BMS.

Weather Network

Canada's Weather Network to Broadcast from Orlando

Next week, Canada's Weather Network will broadcast their morning TV show live from Orlando while most Canadians are gearing up for a cold winter ahead. The show, with an estimated 8.2 million viewers, will broadcast live Monday-Friday from 7-11 a.m., from a series of destination locations including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando, Buena Vista Watersports and the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye . The week-long live broadcast will showcase the breadth and depth of the destination and the hosts will be enjoying some warm Orlando weather, reminding Canadians nationwide, what they are missing.

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News About Orlando


This Week at the Convention Center

Group Meeting Start End Estimated Attendees Estimated Economic Impact
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Inc. Annual International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Conference 2016 Nov. 13 Nov. 16 5,000 $9,850,000
International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions/IAAPA International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions 2016 Nov. 15 Nov. 18 39,200 $77,224,000
Athletic Business Media Inc. Athletic Business Conference & Expo 2016 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 4,000 $7,880,000
Taking Control of Your Diabetes Taking Control of Your Diabetes TCOYD Conference 2016 Nov. 19 Nov. 19 1,000 $1,970,000

World Chambers

World Chambers Congress Bid Presented

The Orlando Chamber and delegation presented the official bid proposal to host the 2019 World Chambers Congress to the General Council of the World Chamber Federation in Madrid, Spain, on Nov. 4.

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OCCC Garden

OCCC Launches Urban Garden

Orange County Convention Center is going more green these days with a new internal food sourcing program called the Center-to-Table Gardens in the West Concourse.

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OIA Ends Fiscal Year with Record Traffic

The 2015-2016 fiscal year was very successful for Orlando International Airport. September marked another record for the airport with a rolling 12-month total of 41.5 million passengers or a 10 percent increase over last year.

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Americas Escape Game

New Escape Room Partnership

America's Escape Game, Marriott Vacations Worldwide and Vistana Signature Experiences have partnered, allowing guests the opportunity to experience an escape game without leaving the comfort of their resort.

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Industry News


AARP Travel Trends

Boomer travel trends show that almost all travel for leisure with about half traveling internationally.

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Survey: Latest Hotel Trends

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the 2016 Lodging Survey-the definitive industry review examining the top trends.

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Thanksgiving Travel Could Reach Record Highs

Air travel is set to reach a record-high in the 12-day period surrounding Thanksgiving, according to Airlines for America. An estimated 27.3 million people will fly domestically in this period, accounting for an uptick of 2.5 percent from last year.

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CDC Zika Information

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), its most current data available (Nov. 9, 2016) indicates that 139 locally acquired cases have been reported in the United States, while 4,035 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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