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Event Venues Are Caring for the Ill and Helping the Helpers

With traditional events paused during the crisis, convention centers and other event venues from New York to Vancouver to Berlin are providing relief — or standing by to provide relief — for overburdened hospitals. Others are sheltering the homeless. And it’s not just conventions centers. Hotels are offering shelter to health-care and other front-line workers.

OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester Profile

Last month, Mark Tester began serving as the new Executive Director of the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC). He joins the OCCC at an exciting time, as the facility breaks ground on a major expansion this fall that is expected to be complete by the end of 2023.

Convention Centers Transform Into Hospitals in the Fight Against COVID-19

After closing their doors to trade shows and events due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many convention centers across the U.S. are taking on an entirely different role. This week, many are being converted into makeshift medical facilities to help relieve beleaguered hospitals and staff so they can provide better care for more serious and critical patients.

Convention Centers Join the Fight

Convention centers across the globe are answering the call for help during the spreading COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and are being repurposed as temporary hospitals.

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Orlando Rebooks More Than $371 Million in Convention Business

As of March 25, the OCCC, which is the nation's second-largest convention center, had 28 conventions on the books that had to be cancelled or postponed. While 14 conventions were cancelled outright, representing an estimated economic loss of $446.4 million, the venue has been able to rebook another 14 conventions for a later date.

How Events and Venues are Lending a Helping Hand in Times of Need

Cancelled trade shows and meetings are the harsh reality for convention centers across the country right now, but that hasn’t stopped many venues from turning their misfortune into charitable opportunities.

Tester Settles In at Orange County Complex

Mark Tester began work as executive director in Orlando on Feb. 17.

Global Pet Expo: 'The Show Must Go on' Despite COVID-19

This week, Feb 26-28, Global Pet Expo - produced by the American Pet Products Association (APPA) - will take place at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center, despite travel bans that are responsible for nearly 150 exhibitors from China unable to enter the U.S., impacting more than 25,000 square feet of booth space.

Mark Tester Heads up the Orange County Convention Center

On Feb. 10, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) welcomed Mark Tester as its new executive director.

See Inside Convention Center's $605M Expansion (video)

The new $605 million Orange County Convention Center expansion is set to open up more business opportunities for the region.
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