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6 Ways Florida Meeting Planners Modified In-Person Programs During the Pandemic

Surf Expo is typically held twice a year in January and September at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando. In September 2020, the in-person component was cancelled due to COVID-19 and show producer Emerald Expositions switched it to an all-virtual event.

COVID Testing Part of the Fabric of an In-Person Fashion Industry Show

The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, produced a case study detailing how three independent show organizers joined forces to bring a safe in-person marketplace to the fashion industry in Orlando in early February.

‘We’re back:’ Orange County Convention Center braces for busy summer

Orange County Convention Center Executive Director Mark Tester said more than a dozen conventions and events have relocated to the OCCC, with a busy summer ahead. He said the biggest money maker for the local economy has been sporting events. “We’re back, we’re back in recovery we’re hosting events, almost on a weekly basis right now,” said Tester.

Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center Ready for Trade Show Resurgence

Led by eight established sporting events expected to attract 95,760 projected guests, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is making a comeback this spring and summer. After a long, hard year of COVID cancellations, more than 90% of Orlando hotels have reopened, Visit Orlando and the Center have rescheduled 47 cancelled conventions, and 73,900 lost jobs have been reinstated, said Casandra Matej, the new president and CEO of Visit Orlando, in a March 19 commentary in the Orlando Sentinel.

Vision Expo East, basketball championships and more scooped up by Orange County Convention Center

The Orange County Convention Center, which lost dozens of tradeshows last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has scooped 10 new-to-Orlando events that needed a different venue due to other states' stricter pandemic rules.

Boat shows are back and drawing big crowds amid robust demand

For both new and avid boaters, boat shows are one of the main ways customers engage with the boat market. Last year, many events were canceled by the pandemic and organizers turned to online platforms instead. But in-person events are staging a revival, giving showgoers a chance to scope out a variety of boat types, sizes, brands and additional gear.

Aventri provides contactless tech as Informa Markets bring live events back to USA

MAGIC Pop-Up Orlando was held in Florida’s Orange County Convention Center, and Aventri assisted the event by providing technology. The event showcased men and women’s footwear, apparel and accessories.The event was held in a limited capacity over three days, with rigorous safety measures in place.

Aventri’s Best-in-Class Technology Helps Informa Markets Lead the Way Back to Live Events

Last month, Informa Markets was one of the first trade-show organizers to produce a live trade event in North America since the pandemic lockdowns began a year ago. In identifying the right technology partner to help support a return to in-person experiences in a post-pandemic era, the Informa team chose Aventri as their technology partner to ensure seamless, contact-less registration that valued both customer experience and safety.

Grab Your Lanyard. Trade Shows Are Plotting a Comeback.

The $11 billion industry is slowly coming back to life after a lost year. Are potential attendees ready to crowd into expo halls and hotel bars with strangers again?

Orange County Move Kept 200 Convention Center Workers Employed

Gholar was just a month into her new job as an administrative assistant at the Orange County Convention Center when the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country. Both her son and daughter lost their jobs. But her job was saved — along with about 200 other Convention Center employees — when they were temporarily transferred to other county divisions in a move made by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.
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