7 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Orlando
Orlando is well known around the globe - just say our region’s name and everyone can tell you exactly where we are on the map - but Orlando is poorly understood. With more than 66 million visitors a year, this is the theme park capital of the world. However, hospitality and leisure only make up one-third of the jobs in the Orlando region. That means a majority of our workforce, the remaining two-thirds, work in industries outside of tourism. Orlando’s economy is thriving and we’re now leading the nation, among the top 30 metros, in job growth and population growth.
Here are a few more facts that will up your Orlando knowledge score:
1. Orlando is home to Innovative technology companies in the areas of cyber security, game, mobile app and software development, data analytics, financial technology and more.
2. Orlando was just named the No. 1 best foodie city in America thanks to the 5,000+ restaurants that include a high concentration of James Beard Nominated/Affiliated Chefs and a number of AAA Five and Four Star-rated eateries.
3. Orlando is the Modeling, Simulation & Training capital of the world with $4 billion in annual simulation contracts that flow through the region each year. Organizations like the National Center for Simulation and TEAM Orlando foster connections between the military, government, MS&T related companies, and higher education.
4. Olympic athletes call Lake County the “Choice of Champions” because of state-of-the-art sports facilities like the National Training Center. Twenty athletes, trained at the center, competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil brining home 10 medals.
5. The world’s first international consortium for advanced manufacturing research is being built in Osceola County. ICAMR will provide lab space for research into next-generation smart sensors that connect everyday devices to the Internet of Things (IoT).
6. Orlando has a robust film industry with hundreds of productions happening in the region every year. You’ve probably seen the hilarious Chrysler Pacifica commercials starring Jim Gaffigan or the Disney film Tomorrowland starring George Clooney.
7. Orlando was the first American city to host Prince Harry’s International Invictus Games in 2016. The Olympic-style games included more than 500 competitors from 15 nations – all injured active duty and veteran service members.