From Michelin-starred restaurants to outdoor adventures, Orlando offers incentive attendees a diverse range of neighborhoods and luxe experiences.
“There’s a story about Orlando that we believe has not yet been told, and it’s one that every incentive planner needs to hear,” said Prevue editor Barbara Scofidio, introducing the webinar Think Orlando for Incentives. She was speaking from experience, having hosted Prevue’s 2022 Meet Well Summit at the stunning and innovative Lake Nona Wave Hotel.
Prevue’s webinar speakers Virna Navia, intermediary accounts director, convention sales for Visit Orlando, Lisa Crosby, CIS, director of sales for Evermore Resort, and Dahlton Bennington, CMP, CMM, CIS, managing director, owner PROfound Planning discussed the abundance of five-star accommodations, luxe dining experiences and immersive local activities in Orlando’s lesser known neighborhoods beyond Disney’s Main Street and the Orange County Convention Center. In fact, said Navia, many diverse neighborhoods and districts in Orlando offer an array of incentive options.
The following is a sampling of neighborhoods recommended by Navia for immersive incentive activities:
The Milk District, anchored by its namesake dairy farm, is a diverse community filled with street art, shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a progressive cultural hub of food, music, art and fashion. Here, a comfortable space called The Milkhouse offer groups a wide array of creative bites and curated cocktails.
Mills 50 is an Orlando Main Street District enlivened with large scale street art by professional artists. One of Orlando’s oldest districts, it is heavily influenced by Asian and Pacific culture and home to seven of Orlando’s 46 Michelin-recognized restaurants.
Lake Nona is a a 17 square-mile mixed-use community known for technology innovation and wellness. It’s home to a variety of shops, restaurants and activities connected by 44 miles of walking trails, and has more than 1,000 acres of lakes and waterways.
Thornton Park is a colorful, walkable commercial district with a European feel and more than 60 locally-owned specialty shops, services and dining destinations. Lake Eola Park is located in the middle of the district.
Winter Park is known for its friendly tree lined streets, European-flavored bistros and museums, and upscale Park Avenue District, with acclaimed restaurants and shopping.
Audubon Park Garden District is a tranquil and bohemian shopping and dining area with lots of natural beauty.
Paramore is Orlando’s oldest and largest African-American neighborhood, filled with colorful street art, vibrant eateries serving soul food, multicultural festivals and a robust arts scene including the Wells’Built Museum of African American History & Culture.
Ivanhoe Village in scenic Lake Ivanhoe Park is an offbeat and casual area that weaves together art museums, restaurants and renegade retro retailers.
Among Orlando’s hotel news is the highly anticipated Evermore Resort, billed as the city’s first-ever luxury beach resort and purpose-built for large groups. The lush, 1,100-acre Evermore campus includes the stylish Conrad Orlando.
Learn more about Evermore and Orlando for incentives at Prevue’s upcoming 2024 Inventive Evolution Summit, April 3-5 2024.