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Visit Orlando Picks Up Best Of Show Along With Four More Visit Florida Flagler Awards

At the recent Visit Florida Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Visit Orlando took home a handful of Flagler Awards including Best of Show in the budgets over $1 million category for V isit Orlando’s Orlando Magical Dining Month. Visit Orlando also was awarded “The Henry” – the top category award – for its World Smile Day Event (Creativity in Public Relations), Plastics Industry Trade Association Pitch (Resource/Promotional Material-Trade), Orlando's Magical Dining (Radio Advertising) and a Silver award for Brazil - ORLANDO É SÓ ALEGRIA! (Mixed Media Campaign).
“I am very proud of the creativity in marketing, advertising and public relations that our team at Visit Orlando is able to produce year after year. Being honored by your peers is one of the greatest compliments you can receive,” said Gary Sain, president & CEO of Visit Orlando. “We pride ourselves in finding cost effective, creative and unique ways of marketing the number one destination in the U.S. to increase overnight visitation. The Flagler Awards we received are a testament to the hard work of the Visit Orlando team.”

Regularly honored by the Flagler Awards for its marketing and advertising programs, Visit Orlando’s three “Henry’s” and five overall Flagler Awards are the most awarded to any entrant at this year’s event. Visit Orlando is the official sales and marketing organization for the Orlando/Orange County area responsible for generating brand awareness, increasing travel to the area and booking conventions and meetings. For more information, visit

Flagler Awards
Named for Henry Flagler, the Flagler Awards were established in 2000 to recognize outstanding tourism marketing in Florida. Annually, the Flagler Awards honor many of the countless individuals and organizations that help maintain and improve Florida’s position as one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. The awards are open to all individuals, private businesses and not-for-profit organizations offering a product or service that promotes tourism to or within the state of Florida.

Visit Orlando marketing and convention sales team leaders hold four of the five Visit Florida Flagler Awards they won recently at the Governor’s Conference. Pictured here, L-R Jay Santos, VP of Global Travel Industry Sales and Marketing, Susan Lomax VP of Publicity, Gary Sain, president and CEO, Danielle Courtenay, chief marketing officer, Tammi Runzler, Sr. VP of Convention Sales, and Peter Cranis, VP of Global Consumer Marketing.