10/4/2011 - Orlando International Airport's 30th Anniversary Focuses on International Travel, Global Trade and the Economy During Business Breakfast
ORLANDO, FL. – Orlando International Airport (MCO) continued its 30th Anniversary celebration by hosting a business breakfast for hundreds of area business and community leaders at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Orlando International Airport. They heard a message from Tupperware Brands CEO Rick Goings about the importance of global commerce and its impact on the Central Florida region. Goings emphasized the need for companies to look outside of Orlando and Central Florida to expand and grow business locally. Attendees were also given an economic forecast from Federal Reserve Board Regional Executive Chris Oakley who said economic indicators show slow growth and modest improvement for the remainder of 2011 and 2012.
Last year Orlando International Airport set a record for the number of international visitors to the area with over 3.2 million or nearly 10 percent of all travelers coming from international destinations. Recently the Department of Homeland Security named Orlando International Airport an international model port to further set the standard for how international guests are received and processed when arriving in America.
The 30th Anniversary is called the “Pearl” anniversary and local business and community leaders shared these pearls of wisdom to celebrate MCO's 30th anniversary.
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Cesar E. Calvet addresses business breakfast participants
"It was visionary leadership that set the groundwork for what we know today as “The Orlando Experience”. Now it's up to us to carry on that legacy and build upon it for future generations.” --Chairman Cesar E. Calvet, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
“A Florida Department of Transportation study in 2010 showed that annually this airport has $26 billion of impact on the region's economy.” --Phil Brown, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Executive Director
“Orlando International Airport is an economic gem because it brings millions of people to our city every year. It's a gateway that connects Orlando to investors, entrepreneurs and vibrant companies around the world.” --Buddy Dyer. Mayor, City of Orlando
“For over thirty years, 'folks' at Orlando's International Airport have led the way for our 'family of communities.' So it is with enthusiasm and excitement that I write to congratulate the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority for your years of special leadership, which continues to result in world class customer service, travel amenities, safety and security for our visitors and residents. For sure, your visionary ways and pioneering innovations have contributed significantly to our community's continued success; accordingly, on behalf of the millions of people that live, work, learn and play in Central Florida, I want to say, 'Thank you.'” --Jacob V. Stuart President & CEO Central Florida Partnership
“Orlando International Airport is one of Central Florida's top economic development assets. Ease of transportation access, particularly air travel, is a top consideration of businesses looking to expand or relocate, and this airport has helped secure many deals for our region. From pursuing economic development projects to encouraging new direct flight service, the EDC is proud to have worked hand-in-hand with leaders from GOAA throughout the past 30 years.” --Rick L. Weddle, President and CEO, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (EDC)
“Orlando International Airport is the gateway to the world for leisure and business travelers who seek inspiring and memorable experiences with family, friends and business associates. Orlando International Airport's world-class customer service and facilities helped Orlando become the first U.S. destination to reach 50 million visitors and those visitors spent nearly $28 billion last year. The airport is one of the most important investments our community has ever made.” --Gary Sain, President & CEO Visit Orlando
For more information or high resolution photographs of the event contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.
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