Hotel industry executives hope business travel, conventions return to Orlando soon


ORLANDO, Fla. – Hotel industry executives say Orlando is open for business travel, and they’re hoping big conventions will come back soon.

“Yes,” American Hotel and Lodging Association President And CEO Chip Rogers said. “There is enormous pent-up demand. There is no question about it on the leisure side. It is important to remember, though, leisure travel alone cannot make our industry survive. We have to have this convention center filled.”

Representatives from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association held a news conference to make sure businesses know it is safe to book their conventions and events in Orlando by highlighting the enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols in place.

The AHLA and the FRLA said last year Orlando and the State of Florida saw a 65% revenue drop among hotels. They also add that the drop in revenue between May of 2020 and May of 2021 was…

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