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If you can find the time between attending sessions and networking, making the most of the local area is an essential part of the INTA annual meeting. WIPR offers five tips for things to see and do in Orlando.
1) Out of this world—Kennedy Space Center
On July 20, 1969, more than 500 million people around the world tuned in to watch astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin depart from NASA’s John F Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
Hours later they became the first men to set foot on the surface of the moon.
The centre is around an hour’s drive away from Orlando and its visitor complex has a variety of exhibits, artefacts, displays and attractions on the history and future of space flight.
2) Racing pulses—theme parks
Disney is no stranger to intellectual property disputes so it would be rude not to pay a visit to the home of Mickey Mouse, himself the subject of one of the world’s most high-profile copyright cases.
Two years ago in Hong Kong the INTA annual meeting signed off with a party in Hong Kong’s version of Disneyland. This year, the meeting will be held on the doorstep of the world’s largest Disney-themed park, World Disney World Resort, which has six theme parks.
Several other theme parks are also on Orlando’s doorstep, including Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Visit Orlando, the state’s official tourism association, has a rundown of all the parks, including prices and opening hours.
3) Thirst quenching—brewery tours
Although you are unlikely to be short of alcohol over the next few days, local brewery tours offer a great chance to sample some of Florida’s finest beer.
US craft beers have become a staple favourite in pubs in Britain and elsewhere over the last few years and Orlando-based Brewlando Tours offers trips to five of the state’s best breweries, with a history lesson and a free pretzel thrown in!
4) Tee off and unwind—golf courses
If you thought of packing your golf clubs with the hope of squeezing in a quick 18 holes then you are in luck.
Orlando alone is home to more than 170 golf courses, some of which have hosted major tournaments. In 2010, Florida was voted the “North American Golf Destination of the Year” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.
Information on all of Orlando’s best courses is available on the Florida Golf website.
5) City views—Orlando Eye
Escape from the hustle and bustle of the annual meeting with a trip 400 feet into the air.
The Orlando Eye observation wheel, which has been open for a little over a year, offers views of the city and beyond with sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline as well as the area’s theme parks and lakes. On a clear day you can also see Cape Canaveral in the east.
The eye is open from midday to 10pm from Monday to Thursday, 10am to midnight on Saturdays and 10am and 10pm on Sundays.
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