Event News
  • A Closer Look at the Facts and Figures Behind North America's Largest Convention Centers
    on August 2, 2021

    As doors are re-opening to the public in greater numbers, large convention centers across North America are anticipating returning to large-scale events once again. Read more

  • Sport is key driver of Orlando’s tourism recovery
    on July 30, 2021

    Al Kidd, President & CEO of Sports ETA, the international association for the sports events and tourism industry, is one of several influential voices hailing Orlando’s rapidly recovering tourism industry and identifying sport as a key driver. Read more

  • Why a Positive Attitude and Strong Partnerships Are The Key To Meeting Success
    on July 26, 2021

    Orlando-based Amateur Athletic Union President Jennings “Rusty” Buchanan thinks outside the box to organize mega-events for young athletes and their families. Our third “Planner of Productivity” is Jennings “Rusty” Buchanan, president of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Established in 1888, AAU once prepared athletes for Olympic competition—including Buchanan, a former Olympic hopeful in track and field. Today, the organization is more grassroots, with regional chapters promoting sports participation for kids through approximately 45 sports programs in 55 districts around the country, as well as annual national mega-events. When this year’s pandemic protocols required thinking differently about the organization’s flagship Junior National Volleyball Championship, Buchanan’s can-do attitude, established partnerships, and a world-class destination ensured a top-notch experience for attendees—without de-emphasizing the importance of safety measures. Read more

  • Convention Center Hosts Safe Events With GBAC STAR Accreditation
    on July 26, 2021

    The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL welcomes many visitors from around the world. In fact, its nearly 200 annual events include 115 conventions and tradeshows that bring in more than 1.5 million attendees and a $3 billion economic impact annually. The convention center, known as The Center of Hospitality, comprises two buildings: the West Building and the North-South Building. These feature more than 2 million square feet of exhibition space and 7 million square feet in total. Maintaining these facilities is a big undertaking under normal circumstances. During a pandemic, it’s paramount that the facility is as clean as possible. Read more

  • Central Florida tourism leaders see high hopes, challenges in post-pandemic
    on July 20, 2021

    Tourism is coming back toward the level it was in Central Florida — but it won’t be the way it was. With demand for hotel rooms, convention space, and tourism reaching peak levels already in the summer of 2021, Central Florida’s tourism industry — the heart of Florida’s tourism industry — is challenged with finding labor and adjusting to some of the other post-pandemic changes in the economy. Read more

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