ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2021) – The North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s (NASTT) No-Dig Show, held from March 28 – March 31 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), marked another successful in-person trade show held at the Center since the onset of the pandemic, generating $3.4 million in economic impact for the community.
As the largest trenchless technology conference in North America, averaging 2,200 attendees over the last five years, this year’s event hosted more than 1,320 industry professionals eager to learn about new techniques that maximize investments in trenchless technologies and improve infrastructure across municipalities and facilities.
“We were excited to welcome NASTT No-Dig for the first time to The Center of Hospitality,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “As an industry leader in hosting safe live events, the OCCC worked closely with No-Dig show organizers to ensure a successful event, while maintaining the trust and confidence of exhibitors and event attendees.”
Attendees of the NASTT 2021 No-Dig Show encountered extensive safety, medical, sanitation, and distancing measures, putting into practice the show’s Health and Safety Plan, developed and approved in conjunction with Orlando Health.
Health and safety protocols included:
- Daily temperature screenings and health self-assessments conducted upon show entry.
- No-contact policy in place, including no hugs or handshakes.
- Safely enforced queue lines with 6-foot distancing.
- Transparent barriers on registration counters for enhanced safety.
- Regular cleaning of all equipment and daily disinfecting to sanitize all seating, restrooms and frequently touched public areas.
- Onsite medical personnel available to help anyone feeling unwell.
- Designated food and drink consumption areas.
Inside the event, staff, exhibitors and attendees maintained health and safety measures by wearing face masks at all times, following one-way entrances/exits and increased floor graphics to organize show flow that allowed for physical distancing.
“Our team are very proud to have provided such a successful NASTT 2021 No-Dig Show, with both attended and on-demand options,” said Matthew Izzard, NASTT Executive Director. “This was only possible with the support, regular updates and communications of the OCCC, Visit Orlando, Hyatt Regency and Rosen Plaza hotels and our other vendors as we worked together though changing circumstances to be leading the way in safely creating the future. We are back and we’ll be back!”
The show offered six tracks and 160 peer-reviewed, non-commercial presentations, including case studies detailing environmentally-friendly trenchless solutions and cost-saving opportunities for municipalities and utilities. With over 100 exhibiting companies and multiple networking opportunities, attendees were able to gather face-to-face safely with colleagues and customers.
To date, the OCCC has hosted more than 60 consumer, sporting, trade and corporate events, prioritizing the health and safety of clients, guests and attendees.
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About the Orange County Convention Center
The award-winning Orange County Convention Center 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 trade shows 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.