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  • More Magic Than Ever

    By Karen Misuraca

    August 29, 2014

    Maybe it’s Universal Orlando Resort’s brand new Diagon Alley adventure, thrilling all those Harry Potter fans. Maybe it’s the scores of championship golf courses in and around the city. Or maybe it’s because it’s so easy: Orlando is one of the most traveler-friendly destinations around, with 35 airlines providing nonstop domestic and international flights, and thousands of hotel rooms that run the gamut from uber-luxe to budget.

  • Florida is Pro Sports

    By Holly Woolard

    November 20, 2013

    Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Florida? Walt Disney World? Miami beaches and nightlife? Spring break in the Keys? Retiring to the Gulf Coast? Well, if sports were somehow overlooked, feel free to take a mulligan.

    Sports in Florida annually combine for a $36 billion industry, highlighted by nine professional franchises, PGA and LPGA tournaments, the Daytona 500 and a bevy of minor-league teams. There are also hundreds of amateur athletic associations and groups that annually descend on the state for national and regional competitions.

  • Special Attractions, Sweet Surprises

    By Steve Winston

    August 15, 2013

    The swath of central Florida that runs from Orlando and Kissimmee in the center of the state to Daytona Beach on the coast is one of the busiest meeting regions in the United States. 

  • The Call of The Wild

    By Jessie Fetterling

    November 20, 2012

    Florida is full of excitement, from Miami’s Latin-inspired festivities to Orlando’s never-ending theme-park rides. But it also offers a bounty of natural wonders to discover: The third largest coral reef barrier system in the world off the coast of Miami. The Everglades in the south. The nation's largest urban park system in Jacksonville. And several national and state parks in between.

  • Surprising Central Florida

    By Steve Winston

    August 30, 2012

    You probably know that Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest in America. You may know that Orlando has nearly 116,000 hotel rooms—the second most in America. And that it hosts the second-largest number of meetings and trade shows in the U.S. And of course you know its major theme parks all rank among the Top 10 in the world.

  • Orlando: Three Days, Three Ways

    By Gary McKechnie

    April 28, 2012

    In 2010, Orlando became the first city in American history to welcome more than 50 million visitors in a single year. This happened because, among other reasons, Orlando is home to seven of the world’s top 10 most visited theme parks, as well as one of the busiest airports on earth. The city also offers the nation’s second-largest convention center and a 115,200-room inventory among its resorts and hotels. Perfectly placed in the heart of Central Florida, Orlando is only 45 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and 90 minutes west of the Gulf of Mexico. Not only does a slate of international corporations call it home; nearly 400 arts and cultural organizations do as well. Per capita, Orlando has the country’s highest number of entertainers and artists ready to share their creative talents.

    In addition to regional U.S. fare, Orlando restaurants feature international cuisine for an international clientele, and there are more certified wine sommeliers than in Paris. It’s quite likely, too, that the 176 golf courses and golf resorts surrounding the City Beautiful far surpass those found in the City of Light.

    It’s difficult to see everything Orlando has to offer. But with advanced planning, incentive groups, midsize corporate groups and large associations can get a satisfying taste of it over three days.

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Destination Description

Orlando: Meetings, Conferences and Conventions

Smart Stats:

Number of Meetings Hotels: 450
Total Hotel Rooms: 111,000
Number of Special Events Venues: 550
Local Convention Centers: Orange County Convention Center
Local Airports: Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Local CVB: Visit Orlando, Cocoa Beach Area, Orlando Orange County CVB, Bradenton Area CVB, Kissimmee CVB

Smart Snapshot:

Orlando: Why Orlando, Florida is the Perfect Conference, Convention or Meeting Destination

With the second-largest convention center in the U.S., 3-million sq. ft. of meeting space and a mind-blowing array of entertainment options, it’s no wonder that more meeting planners intend to hold destination meetings in Orlando than in any other North American location over the next three years. In fact, the city attracts 10-million meeting and convention attendees every year, and it’s not hard to see why.

A location that’s tailor-made for behemoth conventions and other destination business events, the Orlando region has gained its reputation from its stellar corporate events amenities, but keeps attendees and corporate event planners coming back with the endless activities that are decidedly business casual. Outside of the meeting room, check out the iconic Disney’s Hollywood Studios where grown-ups and kids alike can get slimed. See what your stomach is made of at SkyVenture Orlando a wind tunnel that replicates skydiving, minus the scary jump out of a plane. Get brainy in the five-story Orlando Science Center, with its 50,000 sq. ft. of exhibits. Or visit close relatives of Shamu at Sea World.

For New Englanders and business event attendees living in colder climates during the winter, Orlando is a particularly appealing spot to hold a conference, providing a warm and welcome escape from harsh winter weather. So come and see what the buzz is about! With waterparks, history, culture, arts and wildlife attractions all at your fingertips, Orlando matches its large group meeting capabilities with an after work activity for every interest.

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