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Orlando Movers and Shakers: Mark Tester, Executive Director of the Orange County Convention Center

Trailblazers. Visionaries. Difference-Makers. These local power players know exactly how to get things done and their strong influence is having a positive impact on the surrounding community.

Exclusive: Universal, I-Drive strengthen fight for Brightline rail connection, sources say

The future Orlando-to-Tampa path of the multibillion-dollar Brightline intercity rail system still is being determined, and business leaders are working feverishly to figure out how International Drive can be connected to it. Stakeholders such as the I-Drive business chamber of commerce and Universal Orlando Resort have been meeting or plan to meet with Brightline after a March presentation with the Central Florida Expressway Authority showed a potential path to the corridor, sources told Orland...

APTA TRANSform & EXPO moving to Orlando in November 2021

The event is moving to the Orange County Convention Center where large groups have been hosted under established safety protocols.

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.
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