State of the County

The Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association (CFHLA) once again partnered with Orange County government to produce Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ final State of the County Address. This activity occurred on Friday, May 18 at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and featured over 600 Central Florida business and community leaders.

Mayor Jacobs recognized Orange County’s economic growth and status for the eighth year in a row as the “number one travel destination in the United States.” Mayor Jacobs also credited Central Florida tourism and hospitality as critical industry sectors in Orange County, generating $70 billion dollars in economic impact and supporting roughly one in three jobs.

Mayor Jacobs thanked the region’s tourism leaders for their efforts in attracting over 72 million visitors in 2017 and for making the Central Florida destination “the envy of the global hospitality market.”

CFHLA thanks Mayor Jacobs for her support of hospitality throughout her time serving as Orange County mayor.


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Written by Rich Maladecki

Richard Maladecki has served as President / CEO of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association (CFHLA) for over 20 years. As President / CEO of the “World’s Largest Regional Lodging Association” he is responsible for managing a 50 member Board of Directors, consisting of lodging General Managers and tourism industry Executives.

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