Orlando ranks No. 1 Summer Vacation Spot

April 18, 2012

Orlando Business Journal by Megan Anderson, Web Producer
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 10:30am EDT

Orlando was ranked the No. 1 summer vacation destination, according to a recent AAA travel agent survey and travel sales data.

The survey found that a large number of vacation loyalists are still traveling, despite gas prices inching closer to $4 a gallon.

There were about 51.45 million visitors to Orlando in 2010, according to the latest available data from Visit Orlando. An estimated 54.29 million visited the area last year and about 55 million are expected to visit in 2012.

Orlando is the No. 1 tourism destination in America, and travel is the region’s dominant industry, contributing more than $28.3 billion annually to the local economy and employing about 355,000 people, according to Visit Orlando.

9th Annual Exotic Car Festival, Downtown Celebration, April 14 & 15

April 2, 2012

9th Annual Exotic Car Festival

April 14th & 15th, Downtown Celebration 

The 2012 Festival offers new activities and venues, and more exotic cars, racecars and famous movie and television cars.

The event will start on Thurs., Apr. 12 with two track days and Ferrari races at the Daytona International Speedway.  A special feature each afternoon will include FCRA vintage Ferrari Challenge Race, with owner-drivers of Ferrari Challenge racecars competing for individual and team trophies.

The Festival continues in Celebration on Friday with the Prime Time Steak Out dinner and party. This welcome party will be held at Lakeside Park, and will include a steak and prime rib BBQ catered by 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Guests will dance the night away with New York’s ultimate party band, Prime Time. Tickets for this party are available on the Celebration Exotic Car Festival website, http://celebrationexoticcars.com/2012/.

The Concours of Exotic Cars will take place on Sat., Apr.14, with 250 exotic cars, racecars and Hollywood movie cars lined up along the Celebration lakefront promenade. Cars from Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Bugatti, McLaren, Lotus, DeLorean, Pantera, Aston Martin, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Spyker and many others will be displayed. Admission is free for spectators. Special features at this year’s event will include a return of the Back to the Future DeLorean and an appearance by several of the stars from the film, including Lea Thompson (Lorraine McFly) and Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker). Other movie cars, including the Cannonball Run and the Dumb and Dumber Lamborghinis, the Star Wars Land Speeder, Christine, Herbie and the Rolls Royce from the Dudley Moore film Arthur will also be displayed, along with a few surprises.

The Festival’s annual Food and Wine Party will be held on Saturday, April 14 at Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. More than 50 local restaurants and renowned celebrity chefs join to prepare a world-class culinary extravaganza. Called a “Star-Studded Culinary Event” by Scott Joseph of the Orlando Restaurant Guide, the evening also features a display of exotic cars, live music, and performance artists, as well as silent and live charity auctions. Several star chefs from the Bravo television show “Top Chef” will also be on hand to prepare their most famous dishes at the event.

Ticket for this event are also available on the Festival’s website  http://celebrationexoticcars.com/2012/ for registration and ticket information.

Spring Celebration-Great Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 7th

April 2, 2012

Spring Celebration

Saturday, April 7, 9-11 a.m.
Spring Park, 951 Spring Park St.

This year’s Great Egg Hunt will be divided up by age group: Children age 0-3, 9 a.m.; 4-6, 9:15 a.m.; 7-10, 9:30 a.m. Join us and take your photo with the Easter Bunny, enjoy music, fun and entertainment! This is a resident-only activity. For further information please call Parks and Recreation at 407-566-1200.