ORLANDO, FL (FNN News) – In the framework of strengthening relations between Grenada’s new Consulate General in Miami and elected Mayors in the state of Florida, Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General Warren Newfield recently met with the Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor of Orlando and his staff Reginald McGill, Constituent Services Director, and Kim C. King, Business Development Assistant Manager of the Office of the Mayor. The Honorable Daisy Morales, Florida Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor, and Ms. Margaret Lessey, Diaspora Liaison attached to the Consulate General of Grenada in Miami, were also present for the meeting with Orlando officials at City Hall on July 17, 2015. (see photo below)
Orlando Tourist Attractions and Events Drew 62 million Visitors
Orlando is also known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World” and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors. Orlando had a city-proper population of near 250,000, making it the fourth largest city in Florida, and the state’s largest inland city. The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth busiest airport in the United States and the 29th busiest in the world.
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area’s GDP was $110.4 billion in 2013
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the metro Orlando economy in 2013 ranked No. 31 out of 381 metro areas in terms of the value of its goods and services produced. In addition, the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area’s gross domestic product was $110.4 billion in 2013, up from $106.3 billion in 2012 and $101.6 billion in 2011.
Mayor Dyer extended his warm welcome on the Grenada Consul General on his first official meeting with the Mayor’s office. Consul General Newfield expressed his appreciation to Mayor Dyer and the city government for their efforts in promoting the development of friendly relationship between Grenada and Orlando. Newfield said that he looks forward to join hands with the city to further promote the mutually beneficial cooperation, especially in the aspects of investment, education, tourism, and culture, so as to benefit more people both in Grenada and in Orlando.
Grenada’s tourism industry can benefit by deepening its relations with Orlando City Government, Newfield stated. Consul General Newfield told the Florida National News that he personally extended an open invitation to Mayor Dyer to visit Grenada at his convenience, and presented to the Mayor a book Visions of Grenada, a visual representation of the stunningly beautiful islands of Grenada, Carriacou, & Petite Martinique.
Consul General Newfield Discusses Agriculture with State Official
The Honorable Daisy Morales is an elected official with the State of Florida Orange Soil & Water Conservation District, which covers 13 cities and towns within its jurisdiction, including Orlando. Supervisor Morales called the meeting with Consul General Newfield a new beginning to start a discussion between her office and Grenada’s Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries. Discussion of Food and Agricultural products is an idea for a future trade mission to Grenada, Morales stated.
Hotel Mogul Passionate About Education Donates Scholarships
While in Orlando, Consul General Newfield also met with Mr. Harris Rosen, a hotel mogul of Rosen Hotels and Resorts, the Honorary Consul General of Japan in Orlando, and several educational officials with the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
The University of Central Florida, founded in 1963, is the nation’s second-largest university. Located in Orlando, UCF and its 12 colleges provide opportunities to 60,810 students, offering 175 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and 31 doctoral programs. Students come from all 50 states and 152 countries.
According to the Rosen College webpage, the college is the best place to study Hospitality Management. With a record-setting 59 million visitors in 2013, Orlando, Florida has officially become the most visited destination in the United States, and it is all thanks to its world-renowned hospitality and tourism industry. Located just minutes from some of the world’s top-rated attractions, resorts, restaurants, and convention spaces, the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida provides students with an unrivaled opportunity to learn and work in the industry’s leading market. Situated in the heart of hospitality, Rosen College also looks like it belongs in a world-class destination.The159,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, Mediterranean resort-style campus is the largest facility ever built for hospitality management education.
Securing educational opportunities for Grenadians is a top priority, said Consul General Newfield. “I have secured several scholarships from The Rosen College that will help deserving students seeking a lasting career in Grenada’s hospitality and tourism industry”, Newfield added.
Miami and Orlando are among the Florida cities the Consulate General of Grenada will increase its consular services, especially with trade, tourism, education, investment, agricultural diplomacy.