Lee Vista Promenade construction restarted

800px-Caterpillar_345C_L_ExcavatorConstruction works on the long-awaited complex near Orlando Airport, dubbed Lee Vista Promenade, restarted just a few days ago, after the project has been abandoned for about six years. Beachwood, Ohio-based DDR corp. broke ground on December 5 and it was confirmed by a spokesman of the company. The development plan for the $51 million retail center was approved by the authorities of the city of Orlando in September. Continue reading “Lee Vista Promenade construction restarted”

Orlando International ranked the fifth best airport in the U.S.

800px-Orlando_International_Airport_terminal_from_arriving_airplaneTravel & Leisure Magazine announced the results of its latest survey. According to its annual “World’s Best Awards”, Orlando International Airport was ranked among the nation’s top five domestic airports.

From December 2, 2013 to March 31, 2014, the magazine’s readers were asked to vote for their favorite airport and the criteria included logistics and convenience. The respondents assessed the quality of location, access, security, check-in, restaurants, shopping. Continue reading “Orlando International ranked the fifth best airport in the U.S.”

A new era for transportation in our region has started

800px-A_maglev_train_coming_out,_Pudong_International_Airport,_ShanghaiOrlando is a few hi-tech steps closer to boast the first commercial magnet-powered train in the country. Last week, Florida approved plans for construction of a privately funded floating train that would link the convention center with Orlando International Airport and will be the first of its kind.

The futuristic train is about to be built by Georgia-based American Maglev Technology. Continue reading “A new era for transportation in our region has started”

Port Canaveral and Orlando International Airport to work together

bildeThe two major transportation hubs of Central Florida are going to work together to make the region even more welcoming for the tourists. The Port Authorities hosted a meeting with Orlando International Airport officials Wednesday inside Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 6. Port Canaveral is among the world’s busiest cruise ports and a growing cargo hub with a regional impact of $3.5 billion annually. Continue reading “Port Canaveral and Orlando International Airport to work together”

Orlando’s hotels and restaurants are getting better

The Orlando area proves to be becoming more and more attractive for tourists. The great Florida climate and the many attractions around are drawing more people to come here for a vacation. The Orlando International Airport and the nearest port – Port Canaveral are set to expand in the next years and Orlando’s hotels and restaurant are ready to meet their guests with a high class service. hotelOrlando-area hotels saw the destination’s highest-ever revenue per available room (RevPAR) in 2013, according a report cited by the Orlando Sentinel. Last year, the figure hit $72.04, up 7.8 percent year-over-year, and slightly higher than the previous record of $71.79, which was set in 2007 at the pre-recession height of the local hotel market. Continue reading “Orlando’s hotels and restaurants are getting better”

Orlando International Airport sets a new record

orlando-airport-codeOrlando International Airport ends 2012 – 2013 fiscal year with a record number of international travelers. International traffic increased to 3.9 million travelers, 5.2 percent more than last year. At the same time domestic traffic is down by 2 percent to 23.4 million passengers. “As we continue to set new international travel records year after year, it is imperative that the Authority plans for more international growth by enhancing our infrastructure and maximizing our customer service efforts,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The airport authorities approved $1.1 billion expansion plan in October. The project includes four additional international gates, an automated people mover, improvements to the ticket hall and baggage screening areas, and a rail terminal to support All Aboard Florida, a train service between Orlando and Miami that is being backed by private investors. Traffic to MCO comes from the new air services from several airlines this year. GOL Airlines increased service from five to seven days per week to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Southwest Airlines increased service to Minneapolis to seven days per week. Also notable in September, Delta Air Lines celebrated 43 years of service at MCO, Frontier Airlines celebrated 14 years and SunWing 7 years of operations at Orlando International Airport. JetBlue and Spirit Airline added new flights to the airport. Spirit will fly daily from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and JetBlue – from Worcester, Mass. The latest addition is from two days ago. Air Canada rouge will officially began service at Orlando International Airport. Eventually, the airline will provide service from Toronto to Orlando with six flights per day, seven days a week, according to a news release. Air Canada rouge is a component of Air Canada Leisure Group and the A-319 aircraft seats 136 passengers.