Top Reasons to Choose Orlando
Wondering why you should choose Orlando for your next meeting? For starters, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) has long been one of the best in the nation — and we’re working to make it even better with more space, more connectivity, more versatility and more safety features. Here are leading meeting planners’ top 10 reasons for hosting their events in Orlando, and why we should be No. 1 on your list, too!
1. Top Healthy Meeting Destination
Orlando is the most visited destination in the country, as well as Cvent’s NO. 1 MEETING DESTINATION, and the entire Orlando community is working hard to be No. 1 when it comes to protecting visitor health, too. And thanks to increased safety measures at Orlando International Airport, our hotels, our world-famous theme parks, attractions and other unforgettable amenities, your attendees can confidently enjoy endless adventures, relaxation, dining, nightlife and more once the workday is done.
2. Ever-Expanding Meeting Space
With 7 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space, the Orange County Convention Center is the second largest in the country. Recent years have elevated the OCCC into an even more dynamic and sought-after venue, including the addition of aeroponic gardens, new Wellness Rooms, dedicated rideshare pick-up and drop-off locations, and the all-new OCCC Executive Studio — a state-of-the-art digital broadcast center for hybrid conventions and tradeshows developed in partnership with LMG. The OCCC has also earned the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) Star Accreditation, which provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous sanitation protocols and is recognized as the gold standard of safe venues.
3. Opportunities for Every Budget
Orlando is also one of the most affordable destinations, providing low travel costs from accommodations to dining. With over 127,000 guest rooms to choose from, there’s something to fit every budget — from value-priced hotels to 4- and 5-star resorts and every price point in between.
4. Easy to Get Here
Orlando International Airport (MCO) currently provides nonstop service from approximately 100 cities around the world, and Orlando airfares are among the lowest of major destinations. MCO continually adds conveniences to support our growing travel market, too, earning the distinction of being J.D. Powers & Associate’s No. 1 mega airport in the southeastern U.S. for customer satisfaction. And like our convention center, MCO and its onsite Hyatt Regency Orlando have both achieved GBAC Star Accreditation.
5. So Much So Close
Offering 5,192 hotel rooms in four hotels connected to the OCCC, Orlando is the most connected city. What’s more, the OCCC is in the heart of our lively convention and tourism district. With more than 45 hotels, 75-plus world-class restaurants and 100-plus unique entertainment experiences within a 2-mile radius, that prime location only adds to the center’s appeal.
6. One-of-a-Kind Events
Orlando offers amazing possibilities for one-of-a-kind events that are sure to bring your meeting to the next level. Our entertainment venues — and the creative geniuses behind them — also roll out the red carpet for groups with customizable experiences. From unforgettable character encounters to championship golf excursions, we have an array of options for groups large and small.
7. Culinary Adventures
With thousands of restaurants across the destination, from award-winning restaurants to renowned celebrity chefs and innovative tastes from around the world, Orlando has a vibrant culinary scene that is sure to please every taste. At Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort alone, you’ll find José Andrés’ JALEO, Masaharu Morimoto’s Morimoto Asia, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Art Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen, Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy! and menu creations at Planet Hollywood, and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Cocina. Nearby, Todd English’s bluezoo and Primo by Melissa Kelly further add to Orlando’s flavor — and you never know who will show up next! Group options are available. Many of our restaurants also offer al-fresco dining under Orlando’s gorgeous skies, as well as take-out and delivery services.
8. World-Class Entertainment
Orlando offers endless entertainment options, from swanky lounges and high-energy night clubs to great, local live music and world class performances. Whether you want to plan an event outside the Orange County Convention Center or your hotel, or simply want to unwind with the crew after a day of meetings, Orlando delivers one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences that are committed to safeguarding your peace of mind.
9. Superior Service
A savvy partner. That’s what meeting planners have when working with Visit Orlando, the Orange County Convention Center and the city’s 150-plus meetings hotels. Our knowledgeable Destination Services Team are Orlando Experts with more than 120 years of collective experience in the meeting industry, and most are Certified Meeting Professionals. Orlando is also supported by a world-class hospitality industry ready to meet your needs. With one in every three jobs supported by the hospitality industry, Orlando’s workforce has often been lauded by meeting planners as one of the most courteous in the country.
10. Home of Innovation
As the simulation capital of the world, and home to University of Central Florida (UCF) — one of the country’s largest universities and ranked among the most innovative by U.S. News & World Report — Orlando is a leader in innovation. From advanced technologies and health/life sciences to film/digital media and entertainment production, we offer unprecedented creative resources to supercharge your meeting.