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Miss Earth USA Delegates Remove 400 Pounds of Trash from Orlando Parks

Miss Earth USA and their state delegates from coast to coast show they are more than beauty; they are beauties for a cause. This week, sixty-two delegates from the pageant’s Miss and Mrs. divisions participated in a local Community Service Day Project, cleaning up and removing 215 pounds of litter from Park of The Americas, and 185 pounds from Demetree Park, for 400 pounds of total collected debris. Their work ensures that the collected litter will be disposed of properly rather than ending up ...


Grand Slam Events is gearing up to launch a new all-inclusive pizza industry event designed to better serve the East Coast and Southern regions of the U.S.: The Pizza Tomorrow Summit. Set to debut Nov. 9-10, 2022 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the new trade show and conference for the growing and ever-changing pizza industry will be a full-service event bringing together pizza operators, new companies, suppliers, products and initiatives along with a cutting-edge educat...

CES still on, Davos postponed: Conventions industry rebound in doubt amid omicron

The $100 billion conferences and events industry in the U.S. is on edge amid the recent surge in Covid cases

Metro Orlando slated for more than 135 conventions in 2022

The return of convention business to Orlando during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may be slower than businesses would like to see, but there are net gains helping the recovery.

AKC National Championship: Thousands of dogs and owners in Orlando this weekend

The largest dog show in North America returns to Orange County Convention Center this weekend, bringing with it thousands of dogs and their handlers.

EXHIBITOR Magazine Recognizes Seven Award-Winning Convention Centers

Earlier this year, Exhibitor Media Group, which produces both EXHIBITOR magazine and Find It – Marketplace, the buyer’s guide to trade show products and services, announced the 30 venues that qualified for its third annual Centers of Excellence list, which recognizes North America’s best convention centers for trade shows and events. Small, medium, and large convention centers located anywhere in North America were invited to apply, and entrants were evaluated using an objective algorithm wei...


Following an incredibly challenging time for the $55 billion global attractions industry, IAAPA Expo 2021, the industry’s premier event, recently reconvened for the first time since 2019. Held Nov. 15-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the festive trade show and conference opened its doors to more than 28,000 global attractions industry professionals seeking to network, learn and buy.

Orlando execs praise return of live technology show I/ITSEC after pandemic pause

For 15 years, Waymon Armstrong took an old friend to lunch in Orlando during the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, commonly known as I/ITSEC.

‘Immersive Van Gogh’ in Orlando: Your questions answered | Review

At long last, the wait is over and “Immersive Van Gogh” is in Orlando. The much-anticipated projection-style experience celebrating the great artist kept Central Florida waiting with a monthlong delay and kept us guessing about the mystery location. The show opened Thanksgiving weekend, and I stopped by to check it out.

AKC National Championship back in December with thousands of dogs

What do 141 golden retrievers, 130 Australian shepherds, 89 Labrador retrievers, 94 dachshunds, 67 whippets and 1,395 puppies have in common? They can all be found at the Orange County Convention Center in December as the American Kennel Club brings its huge national dog show to Orlando.
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