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Three Top Trade Show Organizers Fashion a New Collaboration in Orlando

Industry leaders Informa Markets, Clarion Events and Tarsus Group have come together to produce MAGIC Pop Up Orlando, Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN) Orlando Showcase, and OFFPRICE, February 9-11, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando demonstrating how collaboration results in strength.

Health & Safety On-Site At GBTA Convention 2021 In Orlando, FL

When GBTA Convention 2021 takes place in July 17-21, nearly 2 years will have passed since the business travel community has come together in person. As an attendee, you can rest assured that as we plan for the industry’s flagship event the safety of our attendees is our #1 top priority. Find out how GBTA and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) will keep you safe during GBTA Convention 2021.

Orange County Tourist Tax Collection Goes up for 8th Consecutive Month

Orange County tourism leaders are hopeful following a Tourist Development Tax report that's just out for December 2020, usually one of the busiest months in Central Florida.

Emerald Makes Waves with Surf Expo

Emerald, owner of Surf Expo, celebrated another key milestone for both the organization and the expositions industry as a whole. Surf Expo, the largest and longest-running watersports and beach lifestyle marketplace, successfully staged its winter event January 6-8, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

First Auto Show Since Start Of Pandemic Safely Takes Place

It can be done! The first auto show since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic successfully took place December 18-20, 2020, at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), in Orlando, Florida.

Mr. Olympia Shows the Way to a Safe & Strong F2F Show

On November 18, 2020 (exactly one month prior to show opening), Dan Solomon, the president of Mr. Olympia, posted a video on Instagram, announcing that Mr. Olympia weekend would move from Las Vegas to Orlando.

U.S. Convention Centers Transform Into Mega Vaccinations Sites

As the pandemic continues to keep many event facilities closed or under-utilized, convention centers across the U.S. are finding new life and purpose by transforming their empty exhibit halls into mass state-run COVID-19 vaccinations sites.

Convention Centers Pivot to Offer a Shot of Hope

With ample space, experience with logistics facilitating large crowds, and stringent health and safety protocols in place, Convention Center's offer the ideal setting for safely vaccinating large groups of people.

Cool Concepts at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center

During the past 30 years, the West Building's food courts received only minor modifications. The OCCC and its foodservice contractor, Centerplate, a Sodexo company, decided the time had come to elevate the level of hospitality offered to guests and attendees by developing new, contemporary dining experiences.

Live After COVID: Economic Outlook

The Orange County Convention Center was one of the first in the nation to implement a recovery strategy.
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