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Metro Orlando slated for more than 135 conventions in 2022

The return of convention business to Orlando during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may be slower than businesses would like to see, but there are net gains helping the recovery.

AKC National Championship: Thousands of dogs and owners in Orlando this weekend

The largest dog show in North America returns to Orange County Convention Center this weekend, bringing with it thousands of dogs and their handlers.

EXHIBITOR Magazine Recognizes Seven Award-Winning Convention Centers

Earlier this year, Exhibitor Media Group, which produces both EXHIBITOR magazine and Find It – Marketplace, the buyer’s guide to trade show products and services, announced the 30 venues that qualified for its third annual Centers of Excellence list, which recognizes North America’s best convention centers for trade shows and events. Small, medium, and large convention centers located anywhere in North America were invited to apply, and entrants were evaluated using an objective algorithm wei...


Following an incredibly challenging time for the $55 billion global attractions industry, IAAPA Expo 2021, the industry’s premier event, recently reconvened for the first time since 2019. Held Nov. 15-19 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the festive trade show and conference opened its doors to more than 28,000 global attractions industry professionals seeking to network, learn and buy.

Orlando execs praise return of live technology show I/ITSEC after pandemic pause

For 15 years, Waymon Armstrong took an old friend to lunch in Orlando during the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, commonly known as I/ITSEC.

‘Immersive Van Gogh’ in Orlando: Your questions answered | Review

At long last, the wait is over and “Immersive Van Gogh” is in Orlando. The much-anticipated projection-style experience celebrating the great artist kept Central Florida waiting with a monthlong delay and kept us guessing about the mystery location. The show opened Thanksgiving weekend, and I stopped by to check it out.

AKC National Championship back in December with thousands of dogs

What do 141 golden retrievers, 130 Australian shepherds, 89 Labrador retrievers, 94 dachshunds, 67 whippets and 1,395 puppies have in common? They can all be found at the Orange County Convention Center in December as the American Kennel Club brings its huge national dog show to Orlando.

PCMA | Growing Appetite for Local Ingredients on Event Menus

Event venues are reporting a renewed interest in where a venue’s food comes from — and the closer it is to the kitchen, the better.

IAAPA: Attractions industry reunites, looks past pandemic Digital Edition

The IAAPA Expo is gearing up in Orlando after a two-year absence prompted by the pandemic.

GSX and Minexpo Demonstrate Resilience, Exceed Expectations

In-person trade shows are continuing to make a comeback, filling a face-to-face business and knowledge gap for the industries they serve that digital-only events just can’t duplicate. Here are two major events that pulled off safe and successful iterations recently.
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