Articles tagged “orlando”

Universal Orlando Just Bought More Land in Its Quest to Rival Disney

Universal Orlando Just Bought More Land in Its Quest to Rival Disney

Associated Press

Universal Parks & Resorts has big ambitions, and now the Comcast-owned operator has even more land to fulfill those goals. The question remains: What will the company do with all this property?

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Experiments With Hotel-Like Concept Outside Orlando

Airbnb Experiments With Hotel-Like Concept Outside Orlando

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb is partnering to develop ersatz hotels replete with front-desk staff and keyless entry. The area outside of Orlando, which is known for periods of intense lodging demand, seems a good enough place to test this new concept.

1 month ago

Orlando Tourism Strip Outside Theme Parks Is Getting a New Neighborhood Vibe

Orlando Tourism Strip Outside Theme Parks Is Getting a New Neighborhood Vibe

Mary Shanklin, Associated Press

While Orlando is trying to make a major thoroughfare more livable, the city should also consider how many are too many new tourist attractions and businesses. City officials need to be careful not to kill International Drive's new cool vibe before it has a chance to get off the ground.

3 months ago

Orlando and Birmingham Leaders Grapple With Tourism Identities They Didn’t Want

Orlando and Birmingham Leaders Grapple With Tourism Identities They Didn’t Want

Dan Peltier, Skift

Mayors have power to dictate how a city positions itself for tourism. Orlando and Birmingham's stories are ones where the mayors entered office admitting their cities weren't being smart about tourism and they improved their marketing strategies from there.

5 months ago

Orlando Tourism Grew in 2016 But Not Without Tragedy and Challenges

Orlando Tourism Grew in 2016 But Not Without Tragedy and Challenges

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Orlando had some heartache this year that caused brief lulls in tourism but with new attractions planned at Disney and Universal, for example, in the coming year the city is on tap to remain America's most popular destination.

6 months ago

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.

12 months 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?

12 months 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year 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.

1 year ago