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04/27/2015

10 New Hot Spots on Orlando's International Drive

ORLANDO, Fla. - The American Society of Travel Agents recently named Orlando the No. 1 "Hot Spot for Summer Travel" in 2015. After a multi-year surge of blockbuster expansions at Orlando's world-class theme parks, International Drive (I-Drive) is following suit with the addition of new retail, dining and entertainment venues. Visit Orlando, the destination's official tourism association, is sharing 10 new ways this summer's visitors to Orlando can experience I-Drive 360:

I-Drive 360

In the heart of Orlando's tourism corridor, I-Drive 360 is a new entertainment complex and home of The Orlando Eye. The massive project will include attractions, restaurants, music venues and retail locations.

1.    SEA LIFE Orlando delivers breathtaking views of over 5,000 underwater creatures from the three oceans of the world. Guests can experience face-to-face encounters with sharks in Orlando's only 360° Underwater Tunnel as well as touch the velvety back of rays during the touch pool experience. Interactive educational talks will guide guests through the wonders of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans while providing majestic views of the creatures that roam these mysterious waters.

2.    Madame Tussauds, the world's most famous celebrity wax attraction, offers guests a star-studded experience with its signature red carpet treatment. Visitors will move through themed rooms where they can observe and interact with waxworks of their favorite film, music, sport and historical celebrities.

3.    The Orlando Eye is a 400-foot-tall observation wheel providing breathtaking panoramic views of Central Florida within fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules. Before entering the 20-minute ride, guests will enter a 4D theatre and watch a short film about Florida.      

4.    Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, a first-of-its-kind museum, exhibits over 400 skeletons in creative poses and dioramas. The 7,750-square-foot space will feature exotic animals from all over the world as well as eight human skeletons. The walk-through experience will last about 90 minutes and will include interactive exhibits.

5.    Naru Restaurant & Sushi Bar, a Brazilian sushi chain, debuts its first U.S. location at I-Drive 360. The 140-seat restaurant blends the best of Japanese and Brazilian cuisine and features Sakerinhas, a perfect fusion of Japan's sake and Brazil's caipirinha drink.

6.    Tin Roof is a bar, eatery and music venue welcoming its first Florida location on I-Drive 360. Promising live music every night, guests can expect local and regional rock and country bands on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with acoustic acts during the week. The legendary Nashville venue will bring an eclectic environment as well as creative food offerings and signature cocktails.

More information about I-Drive 360 restaurants and shops can be found on Visit Orlando's blog.

Dining Hot Spots

7.    Mango's Tropical Café, one of Miami's hottest dance clubs, will open a new location on International Drive. The 55,000-square-foot entertainment space features a stage, dance floor and restaurant serving Floribbean Cuisine and tropical cocktails. Drawing inspiration from Caribbean and South American carnivals, the nightlife destination features high-energy dance performances featuring diverse genres of Latin music.

8.    Del Frisco's Double Edge Steak House features chef-driven cuisine paired with the best aged, hand-cut USDA Prime Beef and fresh-off-the-boat seafood including Australian cold-water lobster tails with an extensive award-winning wine list and genuine hospitality.

Attractions and Shopping

9.    Orlando International Premium Outlets adds four new stores to their retail lineup with DKNY, the retail store for fashion designer Donna Karan, along with high-end watchmaker, Citizen, handbag and accessory maker, Vera Bradley and Italian fashion brand, Diesel.

10.  Escapology Orlando and America's Escape Game, are the two escape game locations on International Drive. Both venues offer guests the exciting opportunity of being locked in themed rooms where they must rely on clues and their wit to solve puzzles and find the key to escape. With new rooms being introduced periodically, there's always something new to unlock on International Drive.

About Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

 

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04/27/2015

10 Nuevos Sitios De Interes Imperdibles En Orlando’s International Drive

 ORLANDO, Fla. (27 de Abril de 2015) - La Sociedad Americana de Agentes de Viajes nombró recientemente a Orlando como el "Number 1 Hot Spot for Summer Travel", (El destino más codiciado para viajes de verano) en 2015. Después de una ola de varios años de expansiones de gran éxito en los parques temáticos de talla mundial de Orlando, International Drive (I-Drive) sigue con esta tendencia con la apertura de nuevas tiendas, restaurantes y lugares de entretenimiento. Visit Orlando, la asociación oficial de Turismo de dicho destino, quisiera compartir 10 nuevas formas de visitar Orlando para que los turistas puedan divertirse en Orlando I-Drive 360 este verano:

I-Drive 360

En el corazón del corredor turístico de Orlando, I-Drive 360 es un nuevo complejo de entretenimiento además de ser el hogar del Orlando Eye. Este proyecto masivo incluye atracciones, restaurantes, salas de conciertos y lugares de venta:

1.    SEA LIFE Orlando ofrece impresionantes vistas de más de 5 mil criaturas marinas de los tres océanos del mundo. Los visitantes pueden disfrutar de encuentros cara a cara con los tiburones en el único Túnel Submarino de Orlando de 360°, así como tocar la superficie aterciopelada de las mantarrayas en una exhibición interactiva. Charlas educativas interactivas guían a los turistas a través de las maravillas del Atlántico, Pacífico e Índico a la vez que ofrecen vistas de las majestuosas criaturas que deambulan por estas aguas misteriosas

2.    Madame Tussauds, una de las atracciones de cera de celebridades más famosas del mundo, ofrece a los visitantes una experiencia especial llena de estrellas sobre una alfombra roja. Los visitantes pueden moverse a través de salas temáticas donde se puede observar e interactuar con las figurillas de cera de sus estrellas favoritas de cine, música, deporte y personajes históricos

3.    The Orlando Eye es una rueda de observación de 400 metros de altura que ofrece asombrosas vistas panorámicas del Centro de Florida dentro de cápsulas de vidrio completamente herméticas con aire acondicionado. Antes de emprender un recorrido de 20 minutos, los huéspedes entran en un teatro 4D donde pueden disfrutar de un cortometraje sobre Florida

4.    Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, el primer museo de este tipo, exhibe más de 400 esqueletos en posturas creativas y maquetas de dichos esqueletos en diferentes tipos de escenas (dioramas). El espacio de 7 mil 750 metros cuadrados, cuenta con animales exóticos de todo el mundo, así como ocho esqueletos humanos. El recorrido dura aproximadamente 90 minutos e incluye exhibiciones interactivas

5.    Restaurante Naru & Sushi Bar, una cadena de sushis de Brasil, abre su primer restaurant de Estados Unidos en I-Drive 360. El restaurante de 140 asientos, combina lo mejor de la comida japonesa y brasileña y cuenta con Sakerinhas, una fusión perfecta de  sake Japonés con caipiriña, la bebida nacional brasileña

6.    Tin Roof bar- restaurante con música, celebra su primera apertura en Florida en I-Drive 360. Con prometedora música en vivo todas las noches, los clientes pueden apreciar bandas de rock locales y regionales así como música country los jueves, viernes y sábados, además de contar con actos musicales acústicos durante la semana. El ambiente del legendario Nashville aporta un ambiente ecléctico además de ofrecer comida creativa y cocteles exclusivos

Para mayor información sobre los restaurantes y las tiendas presentes en I-Drive 360; visita el blog de Visit Orlando.

Lugares "Hot" para cenar

7.    Mango's Tropical Café, una de las discotecas más populares de Miami, abre un nuevo café en International Drive. El espacio de 55 mil metros cuadrados cuenta con una pista de baile y un restaurante que sirve cocina Floribbean así como cocteles tropicales. Inspirándose de los carnavales del Caribe y de América del Sur, este destino nocturno cuenta con actuaciones de  baile de alto calibre y con diversos géneros de la música latina

8.    Del Frisco's Double Edge Steak House dispone de una cocina dirigida por un chef para servir los mejores cortes de carne certificados por el United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) además de incluir frescos mariscos entre los cuales destacan las famosas colas de langosta australiana de agua fría sin dejar de lado una extensa lista de vinos galardonados; todo esto ofrecido con una  auténtica hospitalidad

Atracciones y Shopping

9.    Orlando International Premium Outlets añade nuevas tiendas a su reparto con DKNY, la tienda al por mayor de la diseñadora de moda Donna Karan, junto con el relojero de lujo Citizen, el fabricante de bolsos y accesorios Vera Bradley y la marca de moda italiana, Diesel

10.  Escapology Orlando y America's Escape Game, son dos juegos de escape en International Drive. Ambos lugares ofrecen a los visitantes la emocionante oportunidad de encerrarse en salas temáticas donde dependen de pistas y de su propio ingenio para resolver rompecabezas y encontrar la llave para escapar. Con nuevas habitaciones abiertas periódicamente, siempre hay algo nuevo que desbloquear en International Drive.

Sobre Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando es la organización oficial de turismo para el destino más visitado de los Estados Unidos, con representación en más de una docena de países alrededor del mundo. Visit Orlando, junto con mil doscientos organismos miembros, es el líder en esta industria.

 

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Nota del Editor: Para información de prensa adicional o imágenes de alta resolución descargables, visite VisitOrlando.com/media

 



04/27/2015

De restaurantes e lojas a opções de lazer, confira dez novidades na International Drive, principal avenida de Orlando

São Paulo, 27 de abril de 2015 - A ‘Sociedade Americana de Agentes de Viagens' nomeou neste ano a cidade de Orlando com o título de "Number 1 Hot Spot for Summer Travel", ou algo como a "número 1 em novidades badaladas para as férias de verão", que nos EUA ocorrem de junho a setembro. Depois de uma série de expansões de grande sucesso ocorrida ao longo dos últimos anos nos mundialmente famosos parques temáticos de Orlando, a principal avenida da cidade, International Drive, também conhecida como  I- Drive, está inaugurando neste e nos próximos meses lojas, restaurantes e locais de lazer e entretenimento. Visit Orlando, o órgão oficial de turismo da cidade, anuncia dez novidades para os turistas curtirem e experimentarem, todas dentro do complexo I-Drive 360 - localizado no corredor turístico da cidade, é um  novo complexo de entretenimento com diversas atrações para os visitantes. Confira:

1.    SEA LIFE Orlando apresenta mais de 5 mil espécies marinhas de todo o mundo, onde os visitants poderão experimentar encontros ‘cara a cara' com tubarões em um túnel submerso, o 360° Underwater Tunnel, assim como tocarem em raias em uma piscina especialmente projetada para essa atração. Com informações educacionais e interativas, os turistas serão guiados para as maravilhas presentes nos oceanos Atlântico, Pacífico e Índico observando as majestosas criaturas que habitam essas águas.

2.    Madame Tussauds, a mais famosa atração com personalidades feitas de cera, oferece aos vistantes um dia de celebridade, com o tratamento digno de tapete vermelho. São salas temáticas onde todos podem observar e interagir com suas celebridades favoritas: personagens de filmes, cantores, esportistas e personalidades históricas.

3.    The Orlando Eye é uma roda gigante de observação de 122 metros de altura, oferecendo uma vista panorâmica da Florida Central de tirar o fôlego. A volta completa dura cerca de 20 minutos e é feita em cápsulas de vidro equipadas com ar-condicionado. Antes dessa jornada, o visitante passa por um experiência em um teatro 4D, onde é possível assitir um curto filme sobre a Flórida.        

4.    Skeletons Animals Unveiled!, o primeiro museu deste tipo, exibe mais de 400 esqueletos em poses e dioramas criativos. A atração mostra animais exóticos de todo o mundo e mais oito esqueletos humanos. A duração do passeio é de 90 minutos e inclui atrações interativas.

5.    Naru Restaurant & Sushi Bar, rede de sushi brasileira, vai abrir sua primeira unidade nos EUA, no I-Drive 360. O restaurante de 140 lugares oferece a melhor mistura da culinária do Japão com a do Brasil, além das "Sakerinhas", que combinam a tradicional caipirinha brasileira com o saquê japonês.

6.    Tin Roof é um bar/restaurante com shows musicais. Essa é a primeira unidade na Flórida e promete música ao vivo todas as noites, com atrações locais e regionais. De quinta a sábado, bandas de rock e country, e, durante a semana, shows acústicos. O local, que teve origem em Nashville, vai oferecer um ambiente eclético assim como pratos cristivos e coquetéis próprios.  

Para mais informações sobre restaurants e lojas do I-Drive 360, acesse Visit Orlando's blog.

Locais badalados para jantar

7.    Mango's Tropical Café, uma das mais famosas danceterias de Miami, vai abrir a primeira unidade em Orlando, na International Drive. O amplo espaço de entretenimento possui palco e pista de dança além de um restaurante, que serve culinária típica local e drinques tropicais. Inspirada nos carnavais do Caribe e América do Sul, a casa noturna conta com performances de dança e apresenta diversos gêneros de música latina.

8.    Del Frisco's Double Edge Steak House é um restaurante que serve bifes com cortes especiais e frutos do mar frescos, incluindo a famosa lagosta australiana. O local apresenta uma extensa e premiada carta de vinhos e oferece hospitalidade genuína.

Atrações e compras

9.    Orlando International Premium Outlets adiciona quatro novas lojas ao seu portfólio: DKNY, da estilista Donna Karan; Citizen, marca de relógios com tecnologia de ponta; Vera Bradley, de bolsas e acessórios; e a famosa marca italiana Diesel.

10.  Escapology Orlando e America's Escape Game, são dois locais de jogos que oferecem uma diferente experiência na International Drive. Ambos convidam os visitantes a serem trancados em salas temáticas com o objetivo de combinarem pistas, resolverem quebra-cabeças e descobrirem a chave para escapar. Com novas salas sendo introduzidas periodicamente, a atração sempre tem novidades a serem desvendadas.

 

Sobre Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando é o órgão de turismo oficial da cidade de Orlando, o destino mais visitado dos Estados Unidos, com representação em mais de doze países ao redor do mundo. Visit Orlando, juntamente com seus 1.200 membros, representa a principal instituição do setor de turismo do destino.

 

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04/09/2015

Orlando Torna-Se O Primeiro Destino A Ultrapassar 60 Milhões De Visitantes, Trazendo Um Novo Recorde Para O Setor De Turismo Dos Eua

São Paulo, 9 de abril de 2015 - Visit Orlando, o órgão de turismo oficial da cidade de Orlando, EUA, anuncia hoje o balanço de visitantes em 2014. Mais de 62 milhões de turistas estiveram em Orlando no ano passado, número que marca um novo recorde para a indústria de turismo dos EUA e solidifica a cidade como a mais visitada do país. As visitas cresceram mais de 5% em comparação a 2013, com pessoas de todos os lugares do mundo experimentando o que há de novo no destino, que está em constante expansão.

"Essa marca histórica é a mais recente prova da liderança de Orlando no setor de turismo", destaca o presidente e CEO de Visit Orlando, George Aguel. "É um reconhecimento ao compromisso firme e contínuo investimento feito pelo nosso setor turístico. Agradecemos aos nossos visitantes e também aos esforços da equipe de vendas e do marketing global de Visit Orlando".

Com recorde de 32 milhões de diárias vendidas nos hotéis de Orlando no ano passado, resultando em uma arrecadação de impostos de US$ 200 milhões, o Condado de Orange, região que abriga o distrito turístico da Florida Central, atingiu pela primeira vez esse marco.

"O impacto para o turismo na nossa comunidade é notável e, de fato, esse setor é o maior gerador de empregos e o que mais contribui com a economia da região", afirma a prefeita do Condado de Orange, Teresa Jacobs. "Além de proporcionar momentos de prazer e diversão para visitantes e famílias do mundo todo, a nossa indústria de hospitalidade e viagens ajuda a melhorar a qualidade de vida dos moradores de Orlando, proporcionando espaços como o nosso novo centro de artes e espectáculos, além de marcantes locais esportivos."

Para atender às necessidades do número crescente de visitantes, o Condado de Orange tem feito investimentos em infraestrutura, incluindo uma importante expansão e reforma do Orange County Convention Center, local nacionalmente conhecido nos EUA.

"Passar a marca de 60 milhões de visitantes anuais é uma conquista significativa para Orlando e para setor de viagens dos EUA, que gera US$ 2,1 trilhões para a economia do país a cada ano", comenta o presidente e CEO da U.S. Travel Association, Roger Dow. "Graças à parceria estreita entre os membros do mercado de turismo de Orlando e uma forte liderança por parte de funcionários públicos e Visit Orlando, este destino popular conhecido em todo o mundo está bem posicionado para continuar batendo recordes no setor de viagens."

Em 2014, o Walt Disney World Resort inaugurou uma nova área, a New Fantasyland, e The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley no Universal Orlando Resort também foi aberto. Assim, os visitantes que curtirão Orlando neste ano poderão experimentar em primeira mão essa expansão e também outras novidades, como o I-Drive 360, apresentando um trio de atrações do grupo Merlin Entertainments, assim como a transformação da região de Downtown Disney em Disney Springs.

Nos últimos anos, a experiência em Orlando também se tornou mais diversificada, atraindo uma gama cada vez maior de visitantes. Os apreciadores da gastronomia encontram agradáveis e sofisticadas surpresas culinárias no local, reconhecido por três anos consecutivos com mais indicações de chef ao título "Best of the South", da prestigiada instituição James Beard Foundation, do que qualquer outra cidade da Flórida. Viajantes de luxo são atraídos para o serviço do Four Seasons Resort Orlando, de 5 estrelas, que abriu há seis meses, bem como o Ritz-Carlton Orlando e Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Os visitantes também estão descobrindo novos locais para apreciarem artes e assistirem a torneios esportivos profissionais, como o Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts e o estádio da Major League Soccer, com previsão de abertura em 2016 na região de Downtown Orlando.

Sobre Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando é o órgão de turismo oficial da cidade de Orlando, o destino mais visitado dos Estados Unidos, com representação em mais de doze países ao redor do mundo. Visit Orlando, juntamente com seus 1.200 membros, representa a principal instituição do setor de turismo do destino.

 

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04/09/2015

 

Orlando Becomes First Destination To Surpass 60 Million Visitors, Sets New Record For U.S. Tourism

 

ORLANDO, Fla., (April 9, 2015) - Visit Orlando, the destination's official tourism association, today announced that more than 62 million people visited Orlando in 2014. 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 grew five percent from 2013 as visitors from around the world came to experience all that is new across the ever-expanding destination. 

"This historic milestone is the latest testament to Orlando's leadership in tourism," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "It's a tribute to the steadfast commitment and continued investment by our tourism community, the special brand of service that greets our visitors and the global marketing and sales efforts of our Visit Orlando team and member companies."

A record 32 million room nights were sold in Orlando in 2014, resulting in bed tax collections topping $200 million for the first time in Orange County, Fla., home to the Central Florida tourism district.

"The impact of tourism on our community is remarkable, and in fact, the travel and tourism industry is the largest generator of jobs and economic impact for our region," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. "In addition to delighting visitors and families from around the world, our travel and hospitality industry helps to support a great quality of life for Orlando's residents, including our amazing new performing arts center and outstanding sports venues."

To meet the needs of a growing number of visitors, Orange County has made investments in infrastructure, including investing in an important expansion and renovation of the nationally recognized Orange County Convention Center.

"Passing the 60 million annual visitors mark is a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. travel industry that generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy each year," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow. "Thanks to the close partnership among members of Orlando's tourism community and strong leadership by public officials and Visit Orlando, this popular destination known around the world is well positioned to continue setting records in tourism."

In 2014, Walt Disney World Resort completed New Fantasyland, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort opened. Visitors to Orlando in 2015 will experience the first full year of these exciting expansions that opened in 2014 and be the first to see several new attractions, including I-Drive 360, featuring a trio of new attractions from Merlin Entertainments, as well as a multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs.

In recent years, the Orlando experience has also become more diverse, attracting an increasingly wide range of visitors. Foodies find a surprisingly sophisticated culinary destination, recognized with more "Best of the South" chef nominations by the prestigious James Beard Foundation than any city in Florida for three straight years. Luxury travelers are drawn to the five-star service at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando that opened six months ago, as well as the Ritz-Carlton Orlando and Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Visitors are also discovering exciting new venues in which to enjoy the arts and professional sports, like the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts and the Major League Soccer stadium coming to Downtown Orlando in 2016.

 

About Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area's leading industry.

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04/09/2015

Tras superar los 60 millones de visitantes, Orlando establece un nuevo record para la industria turí

Orlando, Florida, (9 de abril de 2015) - . Visit Orlando, la asociación oficial de Turismo del destino, ha anunciado hoy que más de 62 millones de personas visitaron Orlando en 2014. La noticia marca un nuevo récord histórico para la industria de viajes de Estados Unidos, solidificando la posición de Orlando como el destino más visitado del país. 

"Este hito histórico es el último testimonio del liderazgo de Orlando en el turismo ", dijo el presidente y CEO de Visit Orlando George Aguel. "Es un homenaje al compromiso firme, la marca especial de servicio que da la bienvenida a nuestros visitantes y la comercialización mundial y los esfuerzos de ventas de nuestro equipo y miembros de Visit Orlando."

Con un récord de 32 millones de cuartos noche en 2014, superó los $200 millones recaudados del impuesto hotelero para el Condado de Orange, Fla., donde se encuentra el distrito turístico de la Florida Central.

"El impacto del turismo en nuestra comunidad es notable, incluso, la industria de los viajes y el turismo es el principal generador de empleo e impacto económico de nuestra región", dijo la alcaldesa del condado Orange, Teresa Jacobs. "Además de deleitar a los visitantes y las familias de todo el mundo con nuestras increíbles atracciones, la industria de viajes y de hospitalidad permite una mejor calidad de vida para los residentes de Orlando."

Para satisfacer las necesidades de los visitantes, El Condado de Orange ha realizado un gran número de inversiones en infraestructura, incluyendo la inversión en la expansión y renovación del centro de convenciones Orange County.

"Los 60 millones de visitantes anuales es un logro significativo para Orlando y la industria de viajes de Estados Unidos, que genera $ 2.1 billones de dólares para la economía nacional año tras año", dijo el Presidente y CEO de la Asociación de Viajes de Estados Unidos, Roger Dow. "Gracias a la estrecha colaboración entre los miembros de la industria turística de Orlando y un fuerte liderazgo por parte de funcionarios públicos y de Visit Orlando, este popular destino conocido en todo el mundo está bien posicionada para continuar estableciendo récords en el turismo."

En el 2014, Walt Disney World Resort completó la nueva atracción Fantasyland, y The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, en Universal Orlando Resorts. Los visitantes a Orlando en 2015 experimentarán el primer año completo de estas emocionantes expansiones que abrieron en 2014 y será el primero en disfrutar las novedades incluyendo I-Drive 360, que ofrece tres espectaculares atracciones, así como una transformación del Downtown Disney a Disney Springs.

 

En los últimos años, la experiencia en Orlando se ha vuelto más diversa, atrayendo a un número cada vez mayor de visitantes. Un destino donde la gastronomía es sorprendentemente sofisticada y reconocida como la mejor comida del sur. Durante tres años consecutivos sus chefs han recibido nominaciones por la prestigiosa Fundación James Beard.

Los viajeros que disfrutan del lujo, se sienten atraídos por el servicio de cinco estrellas en el Four Seasons Resort Orlando que abrió hace seis meses, así como el Ritz-Carlton Orlando y Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Los visitantes también están descubriendo nuevos y emocionantes lugares en los que pueden disfrutar el arte y los deportes profesionales, como el Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts y el estadio de la Liga Mayor de Fútbol en el Downtown Orlando que abrirá sus puertas en el 2016.

Acerca de Visit Orlando
Visit Orlando es la asociación oficial de turismo para el destino más visitado de los Estados Unidos, con representación en más de 12 países de todo el mundo. Visit Orlando, junto con sus 1.200 miembros, representan el destino líder en la industria.

 

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03/23/2015

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 of technologies, equipment, products, and services for the commercial, package printing and converting, display, in-plant, transactional, publishing, mailing, photo-imaging, marketing and industrial printing industries. This is the first time in the show's 40-year history that it will take place in Orlando.

"We are delighted to be bringing GRAPH EXPO to Orlando in 2016," said Graphic Arts Show Company (GASC) President Ralph Nappi. "Not only did Visit Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center superbly represent just how ideal a destination Orlando would be for our show's date and size requirements, they also convinced us with the momentum behind Orlando's booming tourism community that it represents an exceptional overall show visitor and exhibitor experience."

The four-day GRAPH EXPO 16 print technology manufacturing show is expected to draw nearly 25,000 attendees to Orlando in September, and promises to generate approximately $40 million of economic impact across Orlando.

"Orlando is recognized among the top three convention markets in the United States, based on its modern convention center and dynamic tourism community that is best known for its hospitality and guest service," said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. "We are excited to welcome GRAPH EXPO visitors and exhibitors to Orlando for the first time. They will see that our wide variety of resort hotels, the increased investment in our convention center and airport, and the great reputation we now have for award-winning dining and exciting nightlife make Orlando more competitive than ever as a host city for major exhibitions, conventions and conferences."

"The capital improvements we've been making at the convention center will deliver a truly exceptional experience for GRAPH EXPO exhibitors and attendees," said Kathie Canning, executive director, Orange County Convention Center. "We look forward to welcoming GRAPH EXPO 16 to the ‘Center of Hospitality' next September."

The Orange County Convention Center has been recognized as the No. 1 convention center in the United States and has expanded five times in its 30-year history.

GRAPH EXPO 16 will bring to Orlando the latest graphic communications technologies for print, online and mobile in live equipment demonstrations across the exhibition floor, plus education on the most in-demand products and newest profit-making opportunities. For more information about GRAPH EXPO, visit www.graphexpo.com.

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02/19/2015

Orlando Chefs Named Semifinalists for 2015 James Beard Awards

Orlando Leads Florida in Nominees

 

ORLANDO, Fla., (Feb. 19, 2015) - For the third consecutive year, Orlando captured the most nominations of any Florida city for the prestigious James Beard Foundation's 2015 Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists. Five Orlando chefs were named semifinalists in the "Best Chefs in the South" category: The nominees are:
• Kathleen Blake, The Rusty Spoon
• Scott Hunnel, Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
• James and Julie Petrakis, The Ravenous Pig
• Hari Pulapaka, Cress

This announcement arrives on the heels of several prominent culinary accolades for the destination, including Wine Enthusiast naming Orlando one of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2015" and The New York Times highlighting Orlando's "surprising food scene" as a reason to choose Orlando as one of the "52 Places to Go in 2015".

"Orlando's passionate community of chefs are serving locally sourced, creative and memorable dining experiences that together with our world-class attractions make Orlando an increasingly appealing destination," said Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel.

With an intriguing lineup of both original and world-famous restaurants set to open this year, Orlando is poised to expand even further as a culinary destination in 2015. This year marks the transition of Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Morimoto Asia, created by Chef Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef America fame and STK Orlando are among the new restaurants planned for Disney Springs. A new original venue, The Whiskey, will open along Restaurant Row in the middle of Orlando's tourism district. Along with gourmet burgers and craft cocktails, the restaurant will present "food fights," where local chefs will pit recipe against recipe.

Although it may surprise some new visitors to hear of Orlando's flourishing food scene, locals and traveling foodies are no stranger to the epicurean delights crafted by the city's veteran chefs.

About Orlando's James Beard Award Semifinalists:

Kathleen Blake started cooking in her grandmother's kitchen growing up in Iowa. She attended the Community College of San Francisco's Apprenticeship Program, which landed her at Square One Restaurant. A Women Chef & Restaurateurs Scholarship Award brought her to Washington, DC as the chef de cuisine at the heralded Restaurant Nora. After meeting and becoming friends with Melissa Kelly, she moved to Orlando to become Melissa's chef de cuisine at Primo at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes. In 2011 she opened the Rusty Spoon, a gastropub in downtown Orlando.

Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, FL and its chef, Scott Hunnel, have long been synonymous with fine dining at Walt Disney World Resort. For the past 15 years in a row, the restaurant has been the recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award, among many other honors. The restaurant offers six-course prixe fixe meals of Modern American cuisine using ingredients sourced from products around the world, with a focus on local markets and seaports in Florida.

• Graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, Julie and James Petrakis opened their American gastropub, The Ravenous Pig, in 2007 and have been receiving accolades ever since. The Pig has been so successful that the couple opened a sister restaurant, Cask & Larder, in Winter Park in September of 2012. The restaurant is a micro pub with Southern artisanal food and hand-crafted beer. Continuing to expand upon their celebrated culinary empire, the pair will open Swine & Sons Provisions, their third Winter Park locale, this spring, specializing in takeout charcuterie; butcher sandwiches; homemade pastry offerings and more.

• Chef Hari Pulapaka and his wife, Jenneffer, are modern day Superheroes. By day, Hari is a mathematics professor at Stetson University. By night, he turns out award-winning fare at Cress Restaurant. Hari first came to the U.S. from Mumbai to earn his graduate degree in mathematics and later got his culinary degree. Cress was named a Top Restaurant in Central Florida in the 2013 Zagat Orlando Guide. His wife and restaurant co-owner, Jenneffer, is a podiatric surgeon and manages the restaurant.

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02/12/2015

ORLANDO, Fla. - Visit Orlando, the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the U.S, and its theme park partners, Disney World Resorts Florida; SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment; Universal Orlando Resort; along ticket provider Attraction World, will hit the road in March for the destination's first-ever UK roadshow delivering a robust schedule of training events to agents across the country. 

The Orlando Roadshow will take place over eight days in March. Each session will provide a comprehensive look at new developments in Orlando including what's new at Orlando's theme parks, shopping, dining and ticket options. The action-packed sessions will not only arm agents with the tools they need to better sell Orlando, but sixteen lucky agents will walk away with a trip to Orlando through a confirmed spot on the annual Orlando SuperFam.

Due to limited capacity, agents are encouraged to secure their place now by emailing their name and venue of interest to OrlandoRoadshow@publicasity.co.uk.

Schedule:
Custard Factory, Birmingham - 9th March 2015
Arnolfini Centre for Contemporary Arts, Bristol - 10th March 2015
Sofitel London Gatwick - 11th March 2015
Essex County Cricket Club, Chelmsford - 12th March 2015

The Lighthouse, Glasgow - 23rd March 2015
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts, Newcastle - 24th March 2015
Lambert's Yard, Leeds - 25th March 2015
The Studio, Manchester - 26th March 2015

* Each event starts at 18:30 and will end at 21:00

 

More information on specific resources for travel professionals, including collateral, sales aids and the Orlando Travel Academy online training tool can be found on Visit Orlando's travel trade site, VisitOrlando.com/trade.

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Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organisations, represent the area's leading industry.

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02/04/2015

 

Orlando Named No. 1 Hot Spot for 2015

Visit Orlando Spotlights 15 New Openings In The Coming Year

ORLANDO, Fla. - According to Priceline.com, Orlando is the No. 1 "hot spot" for travelers in 2015. After a multi-year surge of blockbuster expansions at Orlando's world-class theme parks, Orlando's retail, dining and entertainment scene is following suit in 2015. Visit Orlando, the destination's official tourism association, uncovered 15 new openings 2015 travelers will be among the first to experience: 

INTERNATIONAL DRIVE
In the heart of Orlando's tourism corridor, International Drive will see significant development in 2015 with the addition of several retail, dining and entertainment venues.

1. I-Drive 360, a new entertainment complex, will open a trio of new attractions by Merlin Entertainments. At the heart of the complex, The Orlando Eye is a 400-foot-tall (12.92-meter) observation wheel providing breathtaking views of Central Florida in all directions within fully enclosed, air-conditioned glass capsules. Madame Tussauds, the world's most famous celebrity wax attraction, offers visitors the ultimate fame experience with its signature red carpet treatment. SEA LIFE Orlando delivers a new wave of underwater adventures with beautiful displays of colorful fish, sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and more, that turn the traditional aquarium observation on its head. The Yardhouse, Tin Roof and more retail, restaurants and entertainment yet to be announced, will add to the experience.

2. Orlando welcomes one of South Beach's hottest dance clubs with the addition of Mango's Tropical Café. With 55,000 square feet (5,109 square meters) of entertainment space, the Orlando location is a massive restaurant and nightlife destination offering high-energy entertainment for a wide variety of tastes. Guests will enjoy Salsa, Bachatta, Reggae and Pop performances with Floribbean Cuisine and tropical cocktails.

3. Escapology Orlando brings a new kind of entertainment to Orlando with its first U.S. location. The attraction challenges guests to be their own heroes in a thrilling game of adventure and mystery. Teams of up to six players are locked in a themed room with just 60 minutes to combine clues, solve puzzles and discover the key to escape.

4. Nearby International Drive, The Florida Mall takes coloring to a new level with the opening of Crayola Experience. The 70,000-square-foot (6,503-square-meter) attraction will offer 25 hands-on activities.

5. The list of dining and entertainment options unique to Orlando continues to grow with the addition of The Whiskey on Sand Lake Road, welcoming lovers of gourmet burgers, craft cocktails and rock ‘n roll fun. With over 100 brands of whiskey for the thirsty connoisseur, the venue will also host live entertainment, from musical guests to head-to-head "food fights," where local chefs will pit recipe against recipe.

THEME PARKS

6. Walt Disney World Resort is transforming Downtown Disney into Disney Springs doubling the number of shops, restaurants and other venues. The new area will open in phases starting in 2015 and include, Morimoto Asia, a one-of-a-kind dining experience created by Chef Masaharu Morimoto, of Iron Chef America fame. For the master chef's first pan-Asian dining experience, Morimoto Asia's extraordinary, 36-foot (11-meter) tall, two-story layout includes a vast range of areas to explore including open terraces, a grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more.

7. The BOATHOUSE is an upscale, waterfront dining restaurant at Disney Springs that will immerse guests with experiences beyond the cuisine. Guests can listen to live music or take a romantic Captain's guided tour aboard The Venezia, a beautifully crafted 40-foot (12-meter) wooden Italian Water Taxi featuring champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. The BOATHOUSE will be showcased in an expansive restaurant with three distinctive bars, one built over the water. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar.

8. STK Orlando blends two concepts into one-the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. Unique features include a live DJ, high-energy atmosphere and a sleek environment designed to encourage guests to interact and mingle. STK Orlando boasts the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs.

9. LEGOLAND Florida Resort will open a new land called Heartlake City, set to welcome guests this summer. The expansion will include a horse-themed disc coaster called Mia's Riding Adventure, an interactive show titled ‘Friends to the Rescue' and new shops inside the Heartlake Mall.

10. SeaWorld Orlando will debut an all-new show, Clyde & Seamore's Sea Lion High, a hilarious tale, filled with amazing animal behaviors and splashy audience fun. The comedic sea lion duo will be joined by mischievous otters, a 2,300 lb. (1043 kg) walrus and a cast of goofy human characters.

DOWNTOWN ORLANDO

11. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts delivers a stellar lineup of 2015 entertainment for its inaugural season: Broadway productions including Disney's Newsies, Motown the Musical, Pippin and Disney's Beauty and the Beast; big-name musicians John Mellancamp, Jason Mraz and Idina Menzel; and comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno and Bill Maher will complement an ongoing Jazz Roots series and Orlando Ballet season.

12. Orlando City Soccer Club is Major League Soccer's newest expansion team set to debut in 2015 with global soccer icon, Kaká. The Orlando City Soccer Club will kick-off their first MLS season at the newly rebuilt Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. After a $207 million reconstruction, sports fans will enjoy an all-new lower bowl with more legroom, improved broadband and Wi-Fi coverage and expanded concession with healthy and gluten-free options.

13. An influx of restaurants will join new downtown Orlando venues in 2015, including: Two Chefs Seafood, featuring comfort food and seafood from former chefs of Emeril's Orlando and The Palm Restaurant; and North Quarter Tavern, a chef-driven neighborhood tavern by the team behind downtown Orlando's power-lunch staple, Citrus Restaurant.

AREA HOTELS

14. Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort will feature 20 Bungalows on Seven Seas Lagoon and 360 Deluxe Studios. The Bungalows will be the first of this type of accommodation at Disney, sleep up to eight guests, and feature a plunge pool with views of fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park. The first phase is scheduled to open in 2015. The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting a $125 million, multi-phased, multi-story upgrade.

15. The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes will welcome new restaurant concept based on the resort's 13,000-square-foot (1,208-square-meter) farm. Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen, will serve up farm-fresh food and signature craft beer.

 

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Editor's Note: For additional press information or high-resolution downloadable images, 
please visit VisitOrlando.com/media