Freebies offered to Orlando tourists


The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s newest salvo in the battle to attract tourists in a slumping economy is a half-year offer of discounts at area hotels and attractions.

The package includes 50 free offers and runs through June 30. There are two blackout periods: Easter week and Memorial Day weekend. Offers include free hotel room nights and admission to rides and attractions.

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The offer is part of the bureau’s 2009 promotional campaign launched last month called Orlando Makes Me Smile. Information on the program, called Bundles of Free Smiles, is available on the Web at

Hotel properties participating in the campaign include Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando World Center Marriott, Westgate Resorts and WorldQuest Resort. Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Southwest Airlines are offering discount vacation packages. Attractions offering discounts include SeaWorld Orlando, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Orlando Balloon Rides and Pirate’s Dinner Adventure.