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Orlando Has Few Current Options to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Orlando Has Few Current Options to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

Jeff Weiner, Associated Press

City, county, state, provincial, and national regulations on Airbnb, HomeAway, and countless other short-term rental companies are almost as diverse as the rentals themselves. Oh, for some standardization -- but that won't happen anytime soon.

1 week ago

Disney Will Open Avatar Land in Orlando Next Summer

Disney Will Open Avatar Land in Orlando Next Summer

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Disney has been on its toes since Universal changed the game in Orlando with Harty Potter. Will Avatar change the conversation again?

2 weeks ago

Orlando Theme Parks Have Closed as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

Orlando Theme Parks Have Closed as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

Janelle Cogan, Associated Press

We understand that tourists are disappointed. But better to have some annoyed visitors than keep parks open too long when a monster Category 4 storm is on the way.

2 months ago

SeaWorld Shareholders Have a New Reason to Be Disappointed

SeaWorld Shareholders Have a New Reason to Be Disappointed

Associated Press

SeaWorld answered its most vocal critics earlier this year with the decision to stop breeding killer whales in captivity and move away from using orca shows as entertainment. But the company's performance has continued to suffer, and the dividend announcement is already taking a toll.

3 months ago

Disney Says Zika Is Not Hurting Its Florida Theme Park Business

Disney Says Zika Is Not Hurting Its Florida Theme Park Business

Scott Moritz, Christopher Palmeri, and Tatiana Darie, Bloomberg

Disney did not like an analyst's suggestion that Zika could be causing travelers to reconsider trips to Florida parks. The theme park company is working to allay visitors' fears with bug spray and messages about mosquito control, but as long as the virus isn't being transmitted locally, we don't expect the parks to take a serious hit.

3 months ago

Orlando Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Brazil’s Woes and Higher Theme Park Prices

Orlando Tourism Is Taking a Hit From Brazil’s Woes and Higher Theme Park Prices

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

The bad news has kept on coming for Orlando, so we aren't surprise by the dip so far in visitor numbers. Industry leaders have said they are working hard to control the threat of mosquitoes, which is important: They need Zika to stay away.

3 months ago

Behind Orlando’s New IBM Watson-Powered Travel App

Behind Orlando’s New IBM Watson-Powered Travel App

Greg Oates, Skift

Although Visit Orlando's new AI-powered travel app still has kinks, it shows the power of machine learning to provide more contextual and customized information to travelers — most of the time.

3 months ago

Theme Parks in Orlando Are Battling Zika Fears with Bug Spray

Theme Parks in Orlando Are Battling Zika Fears with Bug Spray

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Zika is not being locally transmitted in Orlando, but theme park visitors who aren't familiar with Florida's geography might be worried by news reports about the virus. Providing free bug spray is a good way to address those concerns. Also important: behind-the-scenes mosquito control efforts.

3 months ago

Universal Orlando Aims to Attract More Conventions With Fifth Hotel

Universal Orlando Aims to Attract More Conventions With Fifth Hotel

Associated Press

Universal Orlando is trying to increase its convention business because attendees spend way more than leisure travelers.

5 months ago

Tourists Stick to Established Destinations in North America Amid Global Demand Shift

Tourists Stick to Established Destinations in North America Amid Global Demand Shift

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Quintessential North American vacation destinations like Orlando, Las Vegas, and the Caribbean remain popular with travelers despite global vacation booking trends shifting to more diverse countries and cities.

6 months ago

Orlando Tourism: No Mass Cancellations Now But Future Unsure

Orlando Tourism: No Mass Cancellations Now But Future Unsure

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

Despite the tragic news coming out of Orlando this month, inbound travel bookings seem to be remaining steady, according to reports from travel agents, tour operators, and other travel suppliers.

6 months ago

As Top U.S. Destination, Orlando Reflects on its Week of Tragedy

As Top U.S. Destination, Orlando Reflects on its Week of Tragedy

Jay Reeves and Jason Dearen, Associated Press

Orlando's violent string of tragedies this week has the entire world mourning for victims and calling for change, but tourism in the city and its theme parks carry on in the mean time.

6 months ago