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Radio Guest List—Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Florida—June 13, 2015

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wa orlandoThis week, the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show broadcasts from the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, Florida. Adding a luxury brand so close to Disney World may beg the question, why is this hotel here? The answer…they needed it!

We talk with Manny Belete, General Manager of the Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, who gives us insight on why this “little brother” of the famed New York restaurant is thriving in this location. He also explains why Orlando needed the Waldorf Astoria and how it caters to a market that was yearning for something higher end.

Then we talk with Christopher Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA, who explains how Brand USA’s efforts increase travel to areas of the United States outside of the gateway cities. We are also joined by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor of Cruise Critic, on Disney’s cruise line improvements and why people who say they want to disconnect really still want their Wi-Fi. There’s all of this and more on this week’s broadcast of the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show from the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.

Click here to listen to the show, streaming live from 10 am until 1 pm ET on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Call in with your travel questions at 1-888-88-PETER (1- 888-887-3837) or email peter@petergreenberg.com. (Write “ASK PETER” in the subject line)

Christopher Thompson, President and CEO of Brand USA, explains how Brand USA promotes tourism to areas of the country that are not gateway cities. One of its larger missions is to reach those who have already traveled to the United States and show them they haven’t seen everything the country has to offer.

Chef Fabrice Benezit, Pastry Chef at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, describes his latest culinary creations and the inspiration for some of his more innovative desserts like chocolate cigars (made with Mexican chocolate and squid ink).

Manny Belete, General Manager of the Bull & Bear at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, talks with Peter about why Orlando was hungry for a restaurant like the Bull & Bear. He also explains how they are the little brother of the New York staple restaurant, possessing the same style and brand quality as the New York original, but also maintaining distinct differences.

Scott McCartney, Travel Editor for The Wall Street Journal, talks about how airlines can’t grow when they are in triage mode and that people fly for safety, not the wine list.

Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Orlando International Airport, describes the growth of the Orlando International Airport and the expansion of gulf carriers to the area.

Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor of Cruise Critic, explains how Disney’s cruise ship food has improved and why people might want to disconnect, but they still want their wireless internet.

By Darra Stone for PeterGreenberg.com

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