Category archives: Industry News

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Announces the “Top Five Meeting and Event Trends for 2016”

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek Announces the “Top Five Meeting and Event Trends for 2016”

  • Posted on 12/30/2015


Each year the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek assesses trends, needs and demands of the meetings industry”, stated John F. Branciforte, director of sales and marketing. The Top 5 was created as thought provokers for an ever changing marketplace.

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Bleisure Travel Shows Orlando Parks Not Just for Kids

Bleisure Travel Shows Orlando Parks Not Just for Kids

  • Posted on 11/11/2015


A helicopter manufacturer landed a new model chopper at Walt Disney World. A tech conference booked Universal's Harry Potter park. Those are just a few examples of how conventions and conferences take advantage of Orlando, Florida's theme parks when they hold their meetings there. Read More Here

Growing Meeting Attendance in Orlando

Growing Meeting Attendance in Orlando

  • Posted on 10/28/2015


Surf Expo is produced in January and September in Orlando and draws buyers from specialty stores across the U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America and around the world. The show features approximately 2,600 booths of apparel, surf boards and other surf related items.  There’s also a full line-up of special events ...

Visit Orlando Taps into Emotion with New Ad Campaign

Visit Orlando Taps into Emotion with New Ad Campaign

  • Posted on 10/21/2015


Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for the Central Florida area, recently unveiled new brand creative for the meetings and conventions market. “Share Orlando” is the theme of the campaign that showcases stories inspired by authentic posts through the eyes of the meeting attendee or meeting professional. The stories are displayed in the form of ...

Visit Orlando Names Barbara Herod, CMP, National Accounts Director

Visit Orlando Names Barbara Herod, CMP, National Accounts Director

  • Posted on 09/09/2015

Visit Orlando is pleased to announce it has hired Barbara Herod, CMP as National Accounts Director. She will be based in Washington, DC. Herod comes to Visit Orlando with vast experience in sales, most recently with Experient, Inc. and the San Diego Tourism Authority. Throughout her career, Herod has hired and trained sales staff, spearheaded ...

Orlando Ranked No. 1  Meeting Destination in the United States

Orlando Ranked No. 1 Meeting Destination in the United States

  • Posted on 08/19/2015


Cvent, the leader in cloud-based enterprise event management solutions, announced today that Orlando is the No. 1 destination for meetings and events in the United States for 2015. Cvent developed the ranking based on meeting and event booking activity in its national supplier network.

"We are honored to be named the No. 1 meetings destination ...

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 ...