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Orlando Selected As Top Destination for Multigenerational Travel

The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) released the results of new national research conducted by Opinion Research's Caravan that examined travel preferences for grandparents. The research revealed almost half (49 percent) of grandparents have traveled with their grandchildren along with one or both parents. This is an increase of 12 percent as compared to the results of a similar study conducted in 2000. Additionally, 31 percent of grandparents have traveled with their grandkids but without either parent.

According to the telephone survey, 28 percent of grandparents rated Orlando as their favorite destination to travel with their grandkids, ranking it above Washington D.C. (20 percent) and New York City (19 percent). Orlando was also ranked number one by 36 percent of grandparents in the category of "top three U.S. cities" to travel to with grandchildren.

"Orlando continues to be the perfect destination for multigenerational family travel as there is something to meet the needs of everyone in the group, regardless of age," said Gary Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando CVB.

According to the AARP, the average age of first-time grandparents is a relatively young 48, with discretionary income and a desire to travel. Acknowledging these trends, the Orlando CVB has created a special offer for fall travel to Orlando.

Orlando's Endless Summer campaign runs through November 15, 2007 and provides more then 40 accommodation offers featuring "Get one free" bargains such as stay two nights, get the third night free or stay three nights, get the fourth free. For more information on Endless Summer, visit www.orlandoinfo.com/endlesssummer.

Orlando grandtravel visitors can also enjoy a month-long culinary thrill ride at top Central Florida restaurants participating in the 2nd annual Magical Dining Month from September 1-30, 2007. Savory appetizers, enticing entrees and sweet dessert sensations spice up the fixed-price menus of nearly 50 area restaurants offering high-value Magical Dining dinners.

For information about vacation experiences in Orlando, to order a free vacation planning kit that includes a comprehensive Official Destination Guide and Orlando Preferred Visitor Magicard™ or to purchase vacation packages and discount attraction tickets, visitors can log onto Orlando's official Web site at www.orlandoinfo.com  or call an Official Travel Counselor at 1-800-551-0181 (United States and Canada) or 407-363-5872. While in Orlando, visitors may stop by the Official Visitor Center located at 8723 International Drive, at the southeast corner of International Drive and Austrian Row (open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the year except December 25).

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