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Professional Convention Management Association

January 31 2013

George Aguel Hired as the President & CEO of Visit Orlando

By PCMA

george aguelGeorge Aguel has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Visit Orlando, the nation’s premier destination marketing organization.

Aguel was most recently as senior vice president of Global Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants at The Walt Disney Company, he led worldwide management for the company’s strategic corporate alliance agreements across all business units of the company. Aguel also served as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 22 years. His responsibilities included catering sales and operations, convention services, national and international sales offices, trade marketing, Disney Cruise Line charter and incentive business, as well as internal corporate meetings and events. He was also general manager of The Disney Institute, which provides professional development training and consulting services to a diverse audience of domestic and multinational corporate brands.

Aguel was also the 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Supplier Honoree - his career long industry achievements were highlighted at the Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement last May at the Washington Hilton.

Aguel brings a tremendous amount of experience to his new role at Visit Orlando, including more than 35 years of executive-level experience in sales and marketing. Most recently as senior vice president of Global Corporate Alliances and Operating Participants at The Walt Disney Company, he led worldwide management for the company’s strategic corporate alliance agreements across all business units of the company. Aguel also served as senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Services for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts for 22 years. His responsibilities included catering sales and operations, convention services, national and international sales offices, trade marketing, Disney Cruise Line charter and incentive business, as well as internal corporate meetings and events. He was also general manager of The Disney Institute, which provides professional development training and consulting services to a diverse audience of domestic and multinational corporate brands.

“Orlando is a world-class destination and the Visit Orlando team is highly respected amongst its peers and the industry. I’m looking forward to working with the team and to have the opportunity to represent the destination and the company,” commented George Aguel, president & CEO Visit Orlando.

Aguel’s initial responsibilities will include developing strong relationships with Visit Orlando board of directors and staff, member partners, regional business leaders and elected officials, as well as gaining an immediate and deep understanding of the organization’s three-year strategic plan. He will quickly engage in the sales process and connect with key clients to further enhance Visit Orlando’s positioning in the marketplace.

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