Visit Orlando Celebrating Travel & Tourism Luncheon

Visit Orlando's Celebrating Travel & Tourism Luncheon
May 11, 2017

Last day to register is Tuesday, May 9

Program | Keynote Speaker | Learning Lab | Corporate Sponsors
Corporate Table | Rates | Photography

Join us on Thursday, May 11 at the Hilton Orlando to network, learn and celebrate YOU! Our first Signature Luncheon of 2017 is all about the travel & tourism industry in Orlando and those who help make it thrive.

We are launching a new pre-luncheon Learning Lab which will feature an industry leader discussing the most current trends in business events in 2017.

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9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Learning Lab Registration
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Learning Lab: Top Meeting Trends for 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Luncheon Registration & Networking
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Celebrating Travel & Tourism Luncheon & Keynote

Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Travel Guide

Gerard J. InzerilloJerry, as he is known by most in the business, is a visionary recognized for his trademark innovation and his extensive network of contacts in tourism, hospitality, entertainment and business, cultivated during his four decades as a manager and executive in the hospitality and entertainment industries. During his storied career, Inzerillo has developed some of the world's most famous and successful lifestyle brands in tourism and entertainment. His leadership has been instrumental in the successful globalization of Forbes Travel Guide as well as in the conceptualization and operations of breakthrough hotel properties such as Atlantis, One&Only Resorts, Ian Schrager Hotels, Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels.

As CEO of Forbes Travel Guide since May 2014, Inzerillo has successfully lead the company from its North American origins to the most trusted and respected recognition of service excellence worldwide. Forbes Travel Guide evaluates more than 2,000 of the world's finest properties.

From 1991 to 2011, Inzerillo served as president of Kerzner Entertainment Group where he was responsible for raising the visibility of the company and the profile of its properties in the Bahamas, Dubai, the Indian Ocean, Mexico, Morocco, Africa, Mauritius and Maldives, as well as conceptualizing and positioning its One&Only Resorts brand. Inzerillo oversaw the production and launch of several legendary properties, including the opening of the billion-dollar Phase III of Atlantis in the Bahamas in May of 2007 and the $1.5 billion Atlantis-Dubai on Palm Island in 2008. From 1991 to 1996, Inzerillo served as chief operating officer of Sun City, the unique South African resort complex built by Sol Kerzner. In 1987, he was the founding president and chief executive officer of Morgans Hotel Group, which was later rebranded as Ian Schrager Hotels. While there, he conceptualized and opened such avant-garde properties as Morgans, Royalton and Paramount in New York; the historic Delano in Miami Beach; and Mondrian in Los Angeles.

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Top Meeting Trends for 2017

Political unrest, the sharing economy, experiential meetings, and more will shape this year's business events. However you look at it, 2017 is a year of significant change, from a new occupant in the White House to emerging technologies that will change the way meetings are sourced, planned and executed. Among other trends discussed in this session will be:

  • Budget challenges
  • Safety and security concerns
  • The rising cost of food and beverage
  • The growing sophistication of technology
  • The power of data-collection apps

Participants will leave the presentation with a clearer idea of the challenges and opportunities facing the business events community in 2017, with an emphasis on the evolution of meetings content, tech trends to watch, and strategies for dealing with industry disruptors.


Vincent AlonzoVincent Alonzo, Editor-in-Chief
Northstar Meetings Group

Vincent Alonzo is a business journalist who has covered the meeting and incentive industries for over 25 years. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Successful Meetings and Incentive, which are part of the Northstar Travel Group. In addition to Successful Meetings and Incentive, he has served as editor-in-chief of MeetingNews, Training, and Potentials. He has earned numerous Folio, Neal, and American Society of Business Press Editors awards for excellence in journalism. He has served on the board of the Incentive Research Foundation and been an Executive in Residence at the Temple University School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. He often speaks at industry events addressing topics dealing with trends in the meetings and incentive industries.


Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business meetings, events, and incentives market. Our influential brands – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, and Incentive serve over 200,000 active meeting planners and incentive professionals.

Sponsored by:

Northstar Meetings Group

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Feltrim Resorts

Feltrim Resorts

The gold standard in vacation home rentals. @feltrimresorts

I-Drive Business District

International Drive Business Improvement District

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Sullivan Benefits

Sullivan develops customized, sustainable employee benefits solutions.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort

Central Florida's only AAA Five Diamond Award property offers six restaurants, a sumptuous spa, Tranquilo Golf Club, a 5-acre waterpark, and much more. @FSOrlando



Your global face-to-face marketing partner with the most comprehensive breadth of services and technology. We bring brands and customers closer together through events, exhibits and exhibitions. @GESGlobal B.V., part of the Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), owns and operates™, the world leader in booking accommodations online. Each day, over 1,200,000 room nights are reserved on The website and apps attract visitors from both the leisure and business sectors worldwide.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

From Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®, Space Shuttle Atlantis®, live astronaut encounters and larger-than-life 3D space films to live shows, hands-on activities and up close tours, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers guests and educational, entertaining and interactive space experience.

Mears Transportation Group

Mears Transportation Group

Mears is the largest ground transportation company in Central Florida doing business since 1939. Our fleet consists of over 1,200 vehicles including shuttles, taxicabs, luxury sedans, SUVs and Luxury Vans, as well as limousines and charter busses.

Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Rosen Hotels & Resorts has deep roots in Orlando with over 42 years of delivering unsurpassed service. We're not just another hotel company in Orlando. We ARE Orlando. @RosenHotels

SeaWorld Parks & Resorts

SeaWorld Parks & Resorts

With four world-class parks, quality accommodations, exclusive benefits and convenient locations, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts is perfect for your vacation. @SeaWorld

Tishman Hotel Corporation

Tishman Hotel Corporation

Tishman is a vertically integrated real estate owner, developer, operator and advisor representing hotels, convention centers, retail, residential and office investments.

Pegasus Transportation

Pegasus Transportation

Pegasus is a world-class tour operator and transportation company in the State of Florida that offers services beyond traditional transportation companies.

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Orlando

Wyndham Vacation Rentals Orlando

Located just west of Walt Disney World® Resort lies Wyndham Vacation Rentals Orlando resorts and homes. Fully equipped vacation homes and condos available and perfect for your large family.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is the Southeast's premier meetings destination, offering 2,267 guest rooms and over 329,000 square feet of meeting and convention/exhibit space. @swandolphin

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Hyatt Regency Orlando is an iconic hotel, located on International Drive in the heart of everything Orlando has to experience: theme parks, shopping, dining and nightlife. @HyattOrlando

Fun Spot America

Fun Spot America Theme Parks

Orlando's only family owned Theme Park and home to White Lightning wood coaster and the all new Mine Blower coaster in the Kissimmee park. @FunSpotAmerica

Merlin Entertainments

Merlin Entertainments

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. The world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, who aims to deliver memorable experiences through iconic global brands.


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Visit Orlando's Signature Luncheons allow attendees to sharpen their skills, expand their business networks, and gain new insights and perspectives. Do you wish to elevate your experience? Secure your Corporate Package and receive special VIP amenities for your party of eight. You'll also obtain marketing exposure for your organization and have the opportunity to deliver a VIP experience to your company's key executives and clients.

Advantages of corporate packages include:

  • Express check-in for your table's guests at a designated registration booth
  • Preferred seating for one (1) table of eight (8) in the VIP section
  • Event signage that includes your company logo
  • Special mention of Corporate Package holders on screen
  • Two mentions in the Tourism Matters eNewsletter, via a link
  • Special mention through Visit Orlando Member Events Twitter account (@VisitOrlEvents) with over 5,000 followers
  • Company logo, 25-word description and hyperlink to your company's website, on the event website
  • Two complimentary tickets to Visit Orlando's 2018 12th Annual Party at Pointe Orlando
  • Exclusive advantages when purchasing corporate packages for a series of three (3) Signature Luncheons
  • Upgrade to Platinum seating for (1) table of eight (8)
  • Special savings of $300

There are a limited number of corporate packages available. To guarantee your corporate package for a single event – or to reserve a corporate package at all three Signature Luncheons – contact Member Business Development at 407-541-4305 or

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Learning Lab & Luncheon/Keynote = $52
Luncheon/Keynote = $42
Learning Lab & Luncheon/Keynote = $72
Luncheon/Keynote = $62
Learning Lab & Luncheon/Keynote = $20

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