| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Even though Igor Pavlovic and his wife consider themselves experienced consumers, they say that nothing could have prepared them for the sophisticated and aggressive sales pitch for a Wyndham time share that they recently endured in San Antonio, Texas....
| Apr 27, 2010
| 7:48 PM
Orlando's theme park ecosystem is changing.
Like organisms that once fed off of one another in a relationship that was more symbiotic than competitive, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are now hunting on a recession-altered...
| Jul 27, 2009
The so-called AIG effect has a new meaning: Against Idiotic Government.
At least that's the feeling in tourism circles.
The pall cast over business travel — especially over trips among financial services employees — as a result of...
| Feb 5, 2010
| 6:31 PM
As the number of domestic passengers flowing through Orlando International Airport decreased nearly 7 percent last year, there was one segment of travelers that continued to grow.
The total number of people riding Disney's Magical Express, the door-to-...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 6:54 AM
Gifts wrapped? Check. Cookies baked? Check. Reindeer food ready? Check. Roof cleared for sleigh landing? Check. Bring it, Santa, Florida is ready. While we await Claus & Co., let's dish:
Gingerbread rules. Cinnamon- and nutmeg-scented houses and other...
| Dec 30, 2011
| 5:55 PM
Residents of tourism meccas often trade stories of the surprising things visitors can do or say.
Years ago, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va., for example, a tourist was overheard arguing with her companion about which buildings to visit. Most Williamsburg...
| Jun 7, 2011
| 8:33 PM
If SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment's new foray onto the big screen and other new businesses like hotels and more boutique parks are a success, the company will certainly see an increase in attendance and profits.
And, perhaps, this important side effect...
| Jan 12, 2012
| 8:33 PM
Recently I came across a century-old photo that speaks to both the longevity of our area's tourism business and the opportunities it afforded Central Floridians.
The elegant young men in the image, who worked at Winter Park's Seminole Hotel, reminded...
| May 12, 2012
| 4:57 PM
Watching the fight between the convention center and Florida Citrus Bowl is like watching Animal Planet, where ravenous beasts battle over a wounded elk.
On one side is the convention crowd — hoteliers and tourism execs who've already built one...
| Nov 16, 2012
| 1:23 PM
Staring down a pile of dirty pots and pans is no way to end Thanksgiving Day.
And for many celebrants, T-day is simply a single day off from the workweek. To avoid the Friday leftover energy crash, consider eating out this year.
| May 6, 2013
| 11:09 AM
You might wager romantic restaurant dinners on Valentine's Day would outnumber reservations on Mother's Day. But the National Restaurant Association says Mom wins out over Cupid, projecting that 75 million American adults will dine out May 12.