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Orlando Airport Seeks Family Facial Recognition Tech To Speed Up Efficiency

Orlando Airport Seeks Family Facial Recognition Tech To Speed Up Efficiency

Being able to move guests at a much faster rate would make vacations smoother and help improve the Orlando experience. “We’ve been working with U.S. Customs & Border Protection on a facial recognition system for international arrivals,” Brown said during Orlando Business Journal’s Feb. 8 Making the Connection: Smart Cities, Smarter Transportation luncheon at the airport. “The next step is to install a camera that actually can take a family at one time and process them in the system.”

Orlando International Airport Remains Busiest Airport in Florida for 2018

Orlando International Airport Remains Busiest Airport in Florida for 2018

The passenger numbers for 2018 have been counted and once again Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in the state of Florida with a record 47.7 million annual passengers, up 6.9 percent over 2017. MCO surpassed 150 non-stop domestic and international destinations in 2018, which contributed greatly to the airport’s increased airline activity, seat availability and passenger traffic numbers.

Need Convincing About Orlando Being The Vacation Capital Of The World?

Need Convincing About Orlando Being The Vacation Capital Of The World?

Tourism annually generates approximately $71 billion in economic impact and supports roughly 449,000 jobs (41% of Orlando’s workforce). Visitor spending, in the neighborhood of $45 billion, provides more than $2 billion in state taxes and $3 billion in local taxes. Also, since 2009, visitation has increased 55%, while visitor spending is up 75%.

Aquatica Becomes First Water Park to Be a Certified Autism Center

Aquatica Becomes First Water Park to Be a Certified Autism Center

“As the first water park in the world to complete the training and become a Certified Autism Center, Aquatica Orlando is proud to provide fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service,” said David Heaton, Vice President of Aquatica Orlando in a statement. “We continually strive to create safe and meaningful experiences for all of our guests, and we are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special needs.”

Orlando International Shatters the 47 Million Annual Passenger Mark

Orlando International Shatters the 47 Million Annual Passenger Mark

“This is a significant milestone in Orlando International Airport’s history because it shows the sustained strength of the Central Florida economy,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “With over 47 million annual passengers and growing, we must continue to plan and build for future growth, following the vision that was established more than three decades ago.”

Orlando Named Top City For Meetings And Conventions In The U.S.

Orlando Named Top City For Meetings And Conventions In The U.S.

Orlando held onto its No. 1 spot in 2018 as the top city for meetings and conventions in the U.S., according to Cvent, who has produced an annual list of top convention cities since 2012. The meetings and conventions management technology provider tracked meeting activity from January-December 2017 to compile its 2018 list.

Orlando Officially Named Host City For 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

Orlando Officially Named Host City For 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

The Games will be comprised of 15 Olympic-type team and individual sports, as well as 5 potential demonstration sports. The Games will be hosted at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, the YMCA Aquatic Center, the U.S. Tennis Association campus in Lake Nona, and other sporting facilities across the Orlando area.

Does It Seem Like There's More People In Orlando These Days?

Does It Seem Like There's More People In Orlando These Days?

“We are on track to have a record breaking summer at Orlando International Airport. Our passenger growth is reflective of the value placed on this community by our travelers,” says Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “At our current pace we should surpass 47 million annual passengers by the end of summer.”

Record Setting Orlando Welcomes 72 Million Visitors In 2017

Record Setting Orlando Welcomes 72 Million Visitors In 2017

The latest numbers showed the strength of tourism in 2017 — a year where Hurricane Irma shut down the theme parks temporarily and disrupted lives in much of the state and cements Orlando, as the World's favorite destination when it comes to tourism.

Orlando International Airport Busiest in Florida with Record Passenger Traffic in 2017

Orlando International Airport Busiest in Florida with Record Passenger Traffic in 2017

“Orlando International is busier than we have ever been before, we are also now the busiest airport in the state of Florida. With our balanced increase in both domestic and international visitors, 2017 proved to be yet another record breaking year, reflecting the dynamic business activity of the region,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.