Orlando, FL – (Jan. 13, 2020) More than 17,000 industry professionals from around the globe gathered at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) from Dec. 2-5, to attend the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), presented by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association.
Recognized as the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference, this industry renowned event contributed an estimated $44.7 million to the local economy. With the event scheduled to be hosted at the OCCC through 2030, I/ITSEC continues to play a significant role in helping the Center achieve its mission of economic development.
“I/ITSEC continues to experience steady growth and success at the OCCC,” said OCCC Acting Executive Director David Ingram. “I/ITSEC transforms and shapes exhibit space to become an interactive and diverse experience for their exhibitors and attendees.”
I/ITSEC 2019 featured a range of special events aimed at examining hot topics in modeling and simulation, such as the threat of deep-fake technology, the increasing roles of haptics and artificial intelligence.
“I/ITSEC continues to be strong and growing stronger,” said James Robb, NTSA president and a retired Navy rear admiral. “Our continued partnership with the Orange County Convention Center and the Central Florida region has contributed to the steady growth in attendance and the diversity and quality of the hundreds of exhibitors on the show floor.”
I/ITSEC 2020 will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 4, 2020 at the OCCC. For more information, visit www.IITSEC.org.
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The Interservice/ Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) is the world's largest modeling, simulation and training event. Held near the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida, USA, I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. I/ITSEC is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.
About the Orange County Convention Center
The Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention facility in North America and provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit www.occc.net.