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Orlando Tourist Attractions On ‘High Alert’ After Massacre

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | June 12, 2016

Orlando Tourist Attractions On ‘High Alert’ After Massacre

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Orlando area tourist attractions are on “high alert” following the Sunday morning massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The 2 a.m. mass shooting at Pulse left about 50 people dead and at least 53 injured, CNN reported. 

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"The carnage that occurred is going to elevate security at all parks, arenas, stadiums, theaters,” consulting firm International Theme Park Services president Dennis Speigel wrote in an email obtained by The Orlando Sentinel. “‘Total security’ is the way we must operate. Metal, dogs, officers, random checks, multiple checks as well at the entrances will happen."

Experience Kissimmee CEO and president DT Minich told the newspaper he had not heard of increased security at any tourist attractions following the attack, but he does think the area’s tourism community will be “on high alert.”

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“We continue to work with our community partners on the evolving nature of this incident and have total trust in the dedication of our public officials’ leadership during this difficult time,” Visit Orlando president and CEO George Aguel told the Sentinel.

Orlando International Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told the newspaper that the airport has stepped up security but is otherwise running as usual.

In reponse to the shooting, the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association issued the following statement:

"IGLTA and its global membership are shocked and saddened by the devastating mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We stand in solidarity with our members and friends in Orlando and send our condolences to all of those whose lives were touched by this violent act.

"IGLTA is unwavering in its belief that tourism helps to build a more welcoming world. As communities around the globe celebrate Pride this month, it is even more important than ever for all of us in the travel industry to support inclusiveness and unite against those who would have LGBT people live in fear."

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