| Aug 3, 2014
| 10:14 AM
Orlando's hotel industry has been having a strong year as evidenced by solid occupancy rates and average daily room rates that are generally higher than last year's.
But Visit Orlando, the region's chief tourism-marketing agency, points out that June'...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 7:30 AM
High-end luxury meets the Florida theme park crowd at a new Four Seasons Resort Orlando that recently opened within the Walt Disney World Resort. The hotel on five acres is set on a lake and has 443 rooms that include 68 suites, one with nine bedrooms....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 11:18 AM
I had the chance to ask Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer about the three new hotels being built or planned in the downtown Orlando area.
This boomlet is significant for downtown, especially if you include a fourth project, the new Aloft Downtown Orlando that...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 12:06 PM
Free small coffee at McDonald's
From Sept. 16 to Sept. 29, guests can enjoy a free small hot or iced McCafé coffee during breakfast hours at any of the McDonald’s restaurants across Central Florida.
| Sep 13, 2014
| 11:16 AM
As Universal Orlando builds more lodging for its visitors, the competition could pressure nearby hotels to fight back with room renovations or new amenities, tourism experts said.
Universal last week unveiled plans for the 1,000-room, Caribbean-themed...
| Sep 11, 2014
For once, be glad you're toting a stroller and safety seat.
When everyone else has headed back to school, you can head off on vacation with your toddlers and preschoolers. Congratulate yourselves for avoiding the summer crowds and grabbing a great deal...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Orange County's tourist development tax collections in July jumped 6 percent over the previous year, to $16.2 million, Orange County Comptroller Martha Haynie reported last week.
However, Rich Maladecki, president and chief executive officer of the...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 10:02 AM
Highball & Harvest restaurant has officially opened at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes. With a farm-fresh take on resort dining, the restaurant introduces a modern approach to Southern cuisine. Offering interactive dining -- from table-side...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Summer Travel Tips for Seniors and Families
Summer has arrived. Spring cleaning is over, and kids are on vacation. Some families are either preparing to take trips out of the area, or relatives are coming to Orlando for an extended summer vacation....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:25 AM
Emeril’s Tchoup Chop, an upscale Asian-Polynesian eatery at the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, is undergoing a transformation that includes a new chef de cuisine, general manager, updated menus and revamped interior.
Chef Ryan Vargas...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 8:22 AM
Dick’s Last Resort, a fast-casual eatery known for its comfort food and quirky service style, is now open in the Premium Outlet Mall, 8201 Vineland Ave., in Orlando. The 28-year-old restaurant concept operates restaurants in 13 cities throughout the...