Las Vegas and Orlando compete for vacation and conference business

Posted Thursday, August 24, 2006 9:13 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Orlando's tourism industry routinely frets about the business it loses to Las Vegas every year, wondering what can be done to lure more convention and meeting business to Central Florida. Both cities have more than 100,000 hotel rooms, both were hit hard by the travel downturn that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks and both depend heavily on meetings to fuel their economies.

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Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:28 AM
I'm heading to a conference in Orlando on Sunday. I just recently heard that this will be the single largest attended conference in the 65 year history of the event. Now, we are a Florida-based group but it goes to show that Orlando is the place to be even in a State with the likes of Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa/St. Pete, Jacksonville, etc.
Friday, August 25, 2006 10:37 AM
I've enjoyed both places, but neither for a convention. However, my professional organization has had a national conference in Vegas twice in the last five years which includes one coming up in December. I can't remember them ever having a national conference in Orlando. I'm actually going to Vegas for my honeymoon in September.

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