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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.

Homebuilders are showing off in Orlando

Home construction firms from around the world gathered at the Orange County Convention Center from Feb. 8-10 for the 2022 National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show. The event, along with the simultaneous Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, drew 70,000 attendees during the week, and highlighted the top trends in residential construction.


Multiple in-person business-to-business (B2B) events produced by members of the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA) are ushering in 2022 with optimism for the industry’s continued comeback.

PGA Show is back in Orlando and its importance is evident

The PGA Show is an amazing thing to see. While it is only for industry professionals, everyone who loves golf would also love a glimpse at everything in the game in one place, at one time. This explains why we give you a glimpse inside the walls of the Orange County Convention Center, host facility in Orlando, Florida, during “Golf Today,” from Tuesday to Friday.

Positivity Prevails at PCMA Convening Leaders 2022

While it may have been tempting to sit out an in-person show at the start of this year due to concerns about the Omicron variant, attendees and exhibitors of Convening Leaders 2022 (CL22) stayed the course, just as Sherrif Karamat, president and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), urged in a statement the week before the event.

Orlando among world's best spots for conventions, says industry report

Orlando is one of the best conventions cities in the world, according to Northstar Meetings Group's convention cities index.
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