Articles tagged “universal orlando”

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.

3 years ago

Top-Spending Travel Brands for U.S. TV Advertising So Far This Year

Top-Spending Travel Brands for U.S. TV Advertising So Far This Year

Dan Peltier, Skift

The first quarter is a popular time for travelers to start planning spring break and summer travel. Based on TV spending estimates for the first quarter, it's clear that the top spending brands such as Southwest Airlines, Trivago.com and Royal Caribbean are bent on getting Americans enamored with the thought of summer vacations.

3 years ago

Theme Parks Are Improving Their Food and Drink Game to Meet Guest Demands

Theme Parks Are Improving Their Food and Drink Game to Meet Guest Demands

Sandra Pedicini, Associated Press

Everyone is upping their food game. For parks in Florida, the proximity to quality ingredients year-round is a key to their success.

3 years ago

Universal Is About to Make an Even Bigger Play for Florida Tourists

Universal Is About to Make an Even Bigger Play for Florida Tourists

Hannah Sampson, Skift

With confirmation that it bought another 475 acres adjacent to an existing theme park, Universal's parent company showed that it's not content to depend just on a magic wand.

3 years ago

Florida Theme Parks Add Metal Detectors to Screen Holiday Crowds

Florida Theme Parks Add Metal Detectors to Screen Holiday Crowds

Kyle Hightower, Associated Press

Considering the holiday crush of guests, this will result in long lines — and safer parks.

3 years ago

Orlando Says It Was the Top U.S. Tourist Destination in 2014

Orlando Says It Was the Top U.S. Tourist Destination in 2014

Mike Schneider, Associated Press

Your move, New York City and Las Vegas.

4 years ago

Harry Potter Attractions Cause 38% Jump in Universal Parks’ Profit

Harry Potter Attractions Cause 38% Jump in Universal Parks’ Profit

Bloomberg

Universal will capitalize on the Harry Potter phenomenon for as long as possible by creating merchandise, new attractions, and events that keep visitors coming back year after year.

4 years ago

Why Some Disney Employees Live in Cars, Motels

Why Some Disney Employees Live in Cars, Motels

Toluse Olorunnipa , Bloomberg

Disney raised its hourly minimum wage to $10, and salaries at Universal Orlando and SeaWorld are even lower. The bus drivers and housekeepers at Orlando's tourism attractions deserve better, and so do the visitors.

4 years ago

The Working Poor Are the Backbone of Orlando’s Tourism Economy

The Working Poor Are the Backbone of Orlando’s Tourism Economy

Toluse Olorunnipa, Bloomberg

The combination of low wages for many theme park workers, low skilled jobs outside the park gates, and a housing stock flooded with vacation homes creates the perfect storm for central Florida's working poor.

4 years ago

Universal Orlando Entertainment Director on Content Creation

Universal Orlando Entertainment Director on Content Creation

Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel

Universal Orlando must be doing something right. Competition from new attractions at Universal Orlando and Disney has eaten SeaWorld's lunch.

5 years ago

New Harry Potter Attraction Opens to Record Crowds in Orlando

New Harry Potter Attraction Opens to Record Crowds in Orlando

Letitia Stein, Reuters

Harry Potter has given Universal its best fighting chance against Disney in Florida. The new attraction ups the stakes even higher.

5 years ago

Universal Orlando Leaves Harry Potter Fans Waiting for Clues on Opening Date

Universal Orlando Leaves Harry Potter Fans Waiting for Clues on Opening Date

Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel

Harry Potter gave Universal a fighting chance against Disney in central Florida. Don't let these muggle fans down.

5 years ago