Event News
  • Data shows more than half of US travelers are considering visiting Orlando
    on May 5, 2021

    More than 200 Orlando tourism industry leaders met for the first time in-person since the pandemic at the Orange County Convention Center with an update from VisitOrlando on their plan to take Orlando’s $75 billion tourism industry from recovery back to record-breaking. Read more

  • Surf Expo Successfully Stages Safe In-Person Event
    on May 4, 2021

    With a return to live events imminent, Roy Turner, senior vice president at Emerald X LLC, and show director for Surf Expo, maps out how show management can steer exhibitions through the stormy waters of COVID-19 and not wipe out. Last January, Surf Expo, a major trade show for the water-sports and beach-lifestyle industries, took place at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL. Ordinarily this would not be considered an unusual occurrence. But these are not ordinary times. Read more

  • How to Hold a Safe In-Person Meeting Right Now
    on May 4, 2021

    Across the country and around the world, live events are gathering steam while still following pandemic protocols to keep all participants safe. Temperature screenings, questions about vaccinations and on-site Covid-19 tests have been added to the registration process. Swag bags are stuffed with hand sanitizer and extra masks. Read more

  • Breaking Ground and Moving Forward: Orlando Shares Its Strategy
    on May 4, 2021

    When Orlando hosted the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships last summer, the sports business world knew a comeback was in the works. But how does a destination go from the flatline that was 2020 to the booming success it is now? Not without a lot of planning, preparation – and more than a little willingness to make the leap. Read more

  • HOW 7 EVENT VENUES AND ORGANIZATIONS WILL BE HONORING EARTH DAY THIS YEAR
    on April 21, 2021

    Even though big gatherings still aren’t allowed in most U.S. cities, that hasn’t stopped sustainably minded event organizations, hospitality companies and venues from finding ways to celebrate the 51st edition of Earth Day. Held on April 22, the event’s theme this year is “Restore Our Earth.” The global event will be primarily digital for the second year in a row but will offer a plethora of Earth Day activities available to those wishing to participate. Take a look at how our industry is celebrating and who knows, maybe you’ll feel inspired to create your own eco-friendly event or join one near you? Read more

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