Orlando was abuzz with the recent International Congress of Entomology, held September 25 – 30. Returning to the USA for the first time since 1976, this year’s Congress was themed around “Entomology without Borders.”
Serving as meeting point for visitors from around the world, Orlando was the perfect location for the conference. With world-class amenities, theme parks and convention space, the destination drew 6,682 delegates from 102 countries to discuss insects and the industries surrounding them, bringing together the largest and most diverse gathering of entomologists and related scientists ever.
"There were a lot of factors that drew us to Orlando," said C. David Gammel, Executive Director of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). "It's an international meeting; over half our attendees are from outside the United States, so having good airlift from various areas of the world was very important.[...] And all the hotels here are tied together nicely with the convention center, which is very convenient."
The 2016 Congress was such a success that the ESA has already booked their annual meeting to return to Orlando in four years’ time.