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Convention Center Spotlight: Orange County Convention Center

Expanding & Enhancing the Convention Experience

Orlando’s world-class convention center continues to improve and enhance the experience for its guests, raising the bar for convention standards.

Close to Orlando International Airport, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is in the heart of Orlando’s tourism corridor. Focused on connectivity, it’s directly linked by pedestrian bridges to four hotels and is within walking distance of thousands of guest rooms.

The country’s second-largest convention center, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, dazzles clients and guests with 2.1 million square feet of exhibit space and 1,100 access points to its wireless network. Walkability to more than 42 hotels and 75 world-class restaurants, plus an array of tourist attractions within a 2-mile radius, adds to the destination’s appeal.

What’s Coming

The next five years are sure to elevate the OCCC into an even more dynamic and sought-after event space. In late 2018, leaders received approvals to move forward with a $605 million North-South Building improvement and expansion project, including the Convention Way Grand Concourse and new Multipurpose Venue. These projects will expand its space with more options for clients looking to deliver top-notch, immersive experiences for attendees.

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Convention Way Grand Concourse, an enclosed connection between the North and South concourses, includes additional meeting space and an 80,000-square-foot ballroom with grand entrance to the North-South building along Convention Way.

The new Multipurpose Venue is a 200,000-square-foot, flexible, divisible, column-free space with a combination of retractable and floor seating to accommodate between 18,000-20,000 guests while incorporating connectivity between the North and South concourses.

New & Improved

The OCCC is in the process of creating Wellness Rooms and Networking Spaces to be located around campus. A Wellness Room is a dedicated, private space that can be used for nursing mothers, meditation, prayer and more. Each room will be outfitted with a chair and table for ensured comfort.

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A Networking Space, either a formal room or an open gathering space, can be used for informal gatherings and meetings. These areas also provide basic charging and connectivity capabilities.

Dedicated rideshare pick-up and drop-off locations have been established at the OCCC. These locations, easily identifiable using the unique OCCC-developed rideshare logo and banners, make it easier for attendees to know where to go to catch their ride.

Expanding for the Future

Orlando continues to enhance the meeting experience with new options for planners and experiences for attendees. Whether via improving connectivity between our convention center and 5,200 hotel rooms through new pedestrian skybridges, the development of new hotels and resorts, or the addition of new restaurants and attractions, Orlando continues to evolve and enhance. And that’s the reason we’re consistently ranked by Cvent as the #1 meeting destination in the U.S.

For more information, contact Mike Waterman, Chief Sales Officer at (800) 643-0482, [email protected], twitter.com/orlandomeeting and visit OrlandoMeeting.com.