Thanks to its thriving tourism industry, Orlando, Florida enjoys a robust transportation infrastructure designed to move millions of people and products.
While everyone knows Orlando as the “Theme Park Capital of the World,” they may not realize the impact that the tourism industry has on supporting and maintaining its strong infrastructure. In fact, Orlando is home to three international airports, including Orlando International Airport, which welcomes over 43 million visitors each year.
Some communities struggle to secure funding and resources for infrastructure improvements, but Orlando is equipped with reliable and efficient infrastructure, offering access to major domestic and global markets.
“It is an amazing time for Central Florida,” says Ken Potrock, president of Disney Consumer Products Commercialization and chairman of the Orlando Economic Partnership. “We have become one of the most vibrant regions in the nation and a real magnet for innovation and fresh thinking, and this community has really just begun to realize and believe in its enormous potential.”
KPMG recently chose Orlando for its new global learning, development and innovation center, investing $430 million in a 55-acre training facility. KPMG’s new facility will feature 800 guest rooms for the thousands of out-of-town employees who will come to town each year.
“The ease of travel and the airport [in Orlando] is amazing,” said U.S. Chair and CEO Lynne Doughtie.
Orlando’s infrastructure is keeping up with the times with over $10 billion in transportation projects planned, including:
- $2.3 billion for I-4 Ultimate, an overhaul of Interstate 4 which connects the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean
- $3.5 billion express train called Brightline by All Aboard Florida connecting Orlando to Miami
- $3.5 billion renovation and expansion including a new intermodal facility designed to connect with future rail systems at Orlando International Airport
- $1.6 billion creation of the Wekiva Parkway, completing Orlando’s beltway system
- $650 million expansion at Port Canaveral
- $800 million investment in SunRail, the region’s commuter rail system
- $50 million investment in a coast-to-coast bike trail
Tourism has enabled Orlando to become a premier destination for businesses, including world-renowned high-tech industry clusters, a collaborative business environment, an energetic and entrepreneurial workforce, and a modern transportation infrastructure.