(December 13, 2019) The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) and Visit Orlando took the main stage at the 2019 International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition during the first week of December in Las Vegas, Nev. The event attracted more than 2,300 attendees representing 32 countries.
"Our goal with Expo! Expo! is to have an opportunity to network with our clients and connect with potential business so they learn more about our new destination offerings and how the OCCC can make their convention a memorable experience for attendees," said OCCC Deputy Director Yulita Osuba. "It's important that we cultivate existing and new relationships, so that we remain competitive in the trade show industry."
Team Orlando, which includes the Sales Team from the OCCC, Visit Orlando and OCCC Service Partners Centerplate, FedEx, Smart City Networks and LMG, joined the convention booth to network and share the extraordinary customer service and destination experiences attendees can enjoy in Orlando and at the OCCC. Executive Chef K provided Centerplate’s signature seasonal treat, Eggnog Mousse, which was a holiday hit at the booth shared by Team Orlando.
During the General Session on Wednesday, OCCC Deputy Director Yulita Osuba and Visit Orlando Chief Sales Officer Mike Waterman provided an overview on the Center's $605 million North-South Expansion and new destination offerings. After the presentation, the OCCC and Visit Orlando introduced actor-turned-activist Chris Bashinelli who inspired audience members to practice mindfulness and embrace global citizenship during his keynote.
IAEE's annual conference kicked off on Tuesday with preconference education, the Opening General Session and the Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) Class of 2019 presentation. This year's Expo! Expo! Exhibition featured a sold-out show floor with 270 exhibitors in 41,700 net square feet of exhibit space and more than 15,000 square feet of on-show floor education and networking activities.
Click here for conference photos of the Team Orlando main stage presentation. Click here to watch coverage of Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2019 on IAEE TV provided by Convention News Television (CNTV) on the Exhibitions Channel.
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About the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth.
About the Orange County Convention Center
The Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention facility in North America and provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.occc.net.