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    Orlando (/ɔrˈlænd/) is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County, and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. According to the 2010 US Census, the city had a population of 238,300, making Orlando the 79th largest city in the United States. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,134,411, making it the 26th largest metro area in the United States, the sixth largest metro area in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest metro area in Florida. Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.

    Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful" and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. The current mayor is Buddy Dyer. The city is best known for the Walt Disney World Resort (located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista), founded by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, and for the Universal Orlando Resort (which consists of two parks,Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, as well as other attractions, including City Walk). Orlando is also home to theSeaWorld theme park, Gatorland, as well as Wet 'n Wild Water Park. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city's famous attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the most visited American city in 2009.[5] The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and well into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in the United States in terms of enrollment (as of 2011).

    Orlando attracts over 51 million tourists a year (3.6 million of them are international tourists).[6] Its airport, the Orlando International Airport (MCO), is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States, and the 29th busiest in the world.[7]

    In 2010, Orlando was listed as a Gamma world-city in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University. According to Loughborough, Orlando ranks alongside other cities such as BelfastMilwaukee, and Islamabad.[8]

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    1. While our new location in Orlando promises to attract Brazilians because of its lower costs, easier access by air, and popularity as a vacation destination, we expect that the economic boom in Brazil will provide even stronger reasons for attending NPE2012.
      In MPI Sees "New Orlando" at WEC
    2. Orlando has become a gateway for [visitors from ] South America.
      In MPI Sees "New Orlando" at WEC
    3. It's rewarding to be in a position to help extend quality education and interactive discussion within the events industry beyond the trade show floor in Orlando's convention center.
      In An IAEE First: Interactive, Virtual Town Hall Session From Expo! Expo!