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Personal Reflections from the Pandemic Front Lines

Most of the coverage of COVID's impact on the trade show and events industry has focused on the tangible: statistics, sanitization protocols, CDC regulations. But behind every canceled show and exhibitor put on hold are the emotional tales of real people.

Coming Clean

Someday, we’ll be able to look back on the pandemic with 2020 hindsight. Until then, meeting planners, convention centers, and hotel sales and marketing teams are looking to establish a baseline for the “new normal,” the standards by which meetings and incentives can go forward safely.

OCCC Hosts the Together Again Expo

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL., hosted the Together Again Expo on July 24 in collaboration with Alliance Nationwide Exposition, a trade show contractor for managing hotel-based events.

Meetings Are Still Happening Around the Country. Here’s What They Look Like.

Several large, high-profile conferences—as well as smaller meetings and events—have taken place recently with intense safety measures in place.

How Event Planners Are Successfully Holding In-Person Meetings Right Now

Large, in-person events are starting to come back, with groups of more than 1,000 people gathering in Florida and Indiana.

Destination Spotlight | Orlando

Recently, Orlando announced a wide-ranging new medical concierge program for meeting and convention groups. The program, a collaboration between the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), Visit Orlando and Orlando Health, a local health care system, is aimed at reassuring those who organize and attend conventions in the city.

Together Again Expo: Industry’s Coming-Out Party Was Resounding Success

The Orange County Convention Center welcomed its first trade show under modified operations on July 24. The Together Again Expo, hosted in collaboration with Alliance Nationwide Exposition, offered a hybrid solution to connect and reunite more than 1,400 live industry professionals and 8,225 virtual attendees as they gathered to join the conversation and learn how to navigate the safe future of live events.

Greater Orlando Gets Back to Business

With bated breath and fingers crossed, Orlando and nearby Kissimmee have taken the first baby steps across the meetings threshold again. Last month, the region reopened—albeit in carefully measured steps—to the meetings market.

Orange County Convention Center Hosts First Trade Show Since Pandemic

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the second-largest in the United States, has welcomed back its first trade show since COVID-19 hit.


Some convention centers are showing signs of life as events return amid the coronavirus pandemic, although most are small-scale gatherings.
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