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Global Pet Expo Fetches Strong Event Turnout

ORLANDO, Fla.– The importance of having a Kitty or Fido in people’s lives was pronounced during the pandemic, when more than 23 million American households — nearly 1 in 5 nationwide — adopted a pet, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). That same enthusiasm greeted the return of the pet industry’s Global Pet Expo, held this March 23-25 at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.

Chef Q&A: Chef K, Orange County Convention Center

James Katurakes, known as Chef K, is the Executive Chef at the Orange County Convention Center. He is classically trained by some of the world’s best chefs and consistently cooks for large events, which is no small feat (pun intended!).

Orange County Convention Center: Conventional Wisdom

An almost-forgotten air of excitement fills the once-empty and echoing grand exhibit hall. Attendees file in, and any lingering silence is quickly replaced by sounds that room hasn’t heard for months: Old friends spot each other and, beaming with warm smiles, go in for a handshake or an elbow bump. “Good to see you!” and “How have you been?” can be heard throughout the crowd, along with plans to grab a cup of coffee or meet for drinks later in the day.

Orlando to recoup more than $2.5 billion in economic impact from convention events

ORLANDO, Fla. — The pandemic cost the region more than $2 billion in canceled convention and tradeshow business. But greater Orlando is on track to recoup more than $2.5 billion in economic impact, just from Orange County Convention Center events this year.


The 69th PGA Show reunited the global golf industry in person for the first time in two years, and while it was smaller in scale than previous events due to COVID-19, it drove big business for those who attended during a time of strong growth for the sport.

Big health tech convention HIMSS 2022 returns to Orlando, but with smaller attendance and economic impact. Here's why that's OK.

By Richard Bilbao – Digital Producer/Senior Staff Writer, Orlando Business Journal Mar 16, 2022 Updated Mar 16, 2022, 5:46pm EDT.

Health care convention's big return to Orlando signals convention business rebound

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — It's called HIMSS for short because it's got a really big name: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Health care convention — 1st to cancel at pandemic’s start — returns to Orlando, raising hopes

Two years ago this month, the HIMSS Global Health & Exhibition sounded the first alarm in Orlando, abruptly canceling its four-day summit at the Orange County Convention Center amid growing concerns over COVID-19.

5 Reasons Orlando is a Leader in Meetings

As the country’s most visited destination and No. 1 meeting destination (as ranked by Cvent), Orlando sets a high bar. The destination has one of the largest convention centers in the U.S., the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), as well as some of the biggest names in theme parks and entertainment, scores of hotels and resorts across every category, and more than ample airlift. But Orlando has another big advantage that planners shouldn’t discount — almost two years of experience success...


The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) kicked off 2022 on an overwhelmingly positive note, with its hotly anticipated ASI Show Orlando drawing 3,000 supplier and distributor professionals who were excited to reunite and make valuable in-person connections.
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