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Thursday,  June 13, 2024 1:01 AM 

Experience Kissimmee raises a glass with travel pros at Pink concert

Experience Kissimmee raises a glass with travel pros at Pink concert
Denise Graham, account manager at Experience Kissimmee; Danielle Ackerman, sales manager, North America at Experience Kissimmee
Michael Pihach

Michael Pihach is an award-winning journalist with a keen interest in digital storytelling. In addition to PAX, Michael has also written for CBC Life, Ryerson University Magazine, IN Magazine, and Michael joins PAX after years of working at popular Canadian television shows, such as Steven and Chris, The Goods and The Marilyn Denis Show.

Experience Kissimmee raised their glass and got the party started last night (March 22) at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre as the sunny Florida destination treated its travel partners to a colourful concert performed by multi-talented pop singer Pink.

“Tonight’s about saying thank-you to our travel partners for a great year,” Danielle Ackerman, sales manager, North America at Experience Kissimmee, told PAX at the lively show, which represented the second and final night of Pink’s Toronto stop on her Beautiful Trauma tour (named for her 2017 album).

The upbeat evening, which unfolded in one of Air Canada Centre’s signature box suites, welcomed close to two dozen reps from Experience Kissimmee’s tight network of tour operators, airlines, theme parks, booking sites and travel agencies.

“The Canadian market is extremely important to us and we’re extremely grateful for all the hard work the travel trade does in sending clients to our destination,” Ackerman said, adding that Canada is Kissimmee’s number one international market.

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Prior to the show, Graham noted the “record numbers” Kissimmee tourism has seen in recent years. “As a destination, Kissimmee has a lot of value properties for clients who can’t stay on site at Disney but still want to be close to the magic,” Graham said.

Known for its world-class theme parks, 50,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and more 25,000 vacation homes, Kissimmee is booming with new developments, among them being the all-new Margaritaville Resort Orlando opening this year.

The resort will feature a 187-room Margaritaville hotel, 1,000 Margaritaville- inspired vacation homes, and 300 timeshare units, in addition to a 12-acre water park, a wellness center, miles of wooded fitness trails and a water taxi system.

“In the next ten years, you’re going see lots of growth opportunities in Kissimmee,” Ackerman told PAX. “It’s a good area to watch in the travel industry.”

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