Visit Orlando Announces Orlando’s Signature Dish

Visit Orlando Announces Orlando's Signature Dish - Orlando's Honey Nougat Glacé by Chef Catherine Delrieu of Mon Petit Cheri

Earlier this fall, it was announced by Visit Orlando that they would begin a search for Orlando’s Signature Dish, a dessert featuring the key ingredient of honey.

At their year-end luncheon, Visit Orlando announced the final results of that search.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month Starts August 25, 2017

Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns Aug. 25 – Oct. 1 with an unprecedented number of restaurants, each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person.

Celebrating its 12th year, the popular dining promotion offers over 100 restaurants throughout the Orlando area for local foodies or visiting gourmands who are looking to try out a local favorite or one of the hottest new venues added to Orlando’s growing culinary scene.

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Orlando Thanks Visitors in a Guinness World Records Way for Making it No. 1 Destination in U.S. #OrlandosBIGThankYou

Orlando Thanks Visitors in a Guinness World Records Way for Making it No. 1 Destination in U.S.

This week, Visit Orlando celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week by announcing a record number of visitors to the city, and by setting a Guinness World Records™ title.

The organization, which promotes tourism in the Orlando area, announced a record 68 million travelers visited our area last year.

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Visit Orlando Announces Global Search For Stories Via #MyOrlandoStory

I recently attended the IPW travel conference here in Orlando, and at the kick-off media brunch, Visit Orlando announced a new marketing campaign called “Orlando – the Never Ending Story.”

IPW press brunch

Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel was joined in the presentation by (in photo from left to right): Adrian Jones, Divisional Director – LEGOLAND Florida Resort; Peter Kacheris, Managing Director at Waldorf Astoria Orlando & Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek; Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs; and Roger Dow, President & CEO U.S. Travel Association.

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Orlando Becomes First U.S. Destination To Surpass 60 Million Visitors in One Year

Visit Orlando, the destination’s official tourism association, has 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.

more than 62 million people visited OrlandoAs a result, 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, home to the Central Florida tourism district.

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Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month Gets an Early Start August 25

Returning for its ninth year, Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will run the month of September, with a special preview week starting August 25, 2014.

Visit Orlando's Magical Dining Month
Scallops – Bistro Clo Clo [Photo: Visit Orlando]
Through September 30, more than 75 Orlando-area restaurants are serving up dining savings by offering delicious three-course dinners for only $33 a person.

New to Magical Dining Month are restaurants like Kasa Restaurant & Bar, Mingo’s, Bistro CloClo, and Eddie V’s. They join returning favorites like Emeril’s Orlando, Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, The Capital Grille, Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen, Funky Monkey Wine Company, and Maxine’s on Shine.

$1 from every meal served during Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month will benefit the Foundation for Foster Children, which supports local foster youth by providing intensive tutoring, typical childhood experiences and volunteer mentors who assist foster children transition into adulthood successfully.

Visit Orlando is also giving visitors a way to extend the savings even further with Magical Nights. More than 15 dine-and-stay packages pair dinner for two with a one-night hotel stay, starting from $149 per night including:

  • Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress – Standard Guest Room and dinner for two at Hemingway’s Restaurant, starting at $149 per night
  • Rosen Shingle Creek – Deluxe Room and dinner for two at A Land Remembered or Cala Bella, starting at $185 per night
  • The Alfond Inn – Standard Guest Room and dinner for two at Hamilton’s Kitchen, starting at $249 per night

For a full list of participating restaurants and their Magical Dining Month menus, visit

Visit Orlando CEO Gary Sain Passes Away

Visit Orlando CEO Gary Sain passed away on Friday night after giving a speech at a fundraiser. He was 61 years old.

You may not be familiar with his name, but Swain headed up the Orlando tourism board and was the man behind the popular “Orlando Makes Me Smile” campaign.

According to officials, Sain was one of the driving forces behind making Orlando the No. 1 family destination in the world since he took over the Orlando Tourism Bureau in 2007, renaming it Visit Orlando to help attract even more tourists.

Our condolences go out to the Sain family.

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