Orlando has been named the first destination in the U.S. to surpass 60 million visitors, setting a new record for the U.S. tourism industry. This recent announcement has reiterated the significance of Orlando as a tourism destination. As that number continues to grow, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), is finding new ways to showcase the leadership and quality of service that has made the destination one of the most popular in the world, not only for tourism but for meetings and conventions.
The 7-million-square-foot OCCC is 3 years into its multi-million dollar Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is expected to wrap up in 2017. The CIP brings a number of facility-wide renovations and upgrades and adds new spaces to meet the needs of clients and to keep the campus competitive. For example, the new cutting-edge Destination Lounges in the OCCC’s North/South Building will provide sophisticated, technology-focused environments for networking and rejuvenation.
Other spaces are being modernized with an eye for comfort and productivity. A floor-to-ceiling revamp of the show offices within West Halls D and E will incorporate modern lighting, stylish flooring, improved window fittings, and flexible workspaces. Public spaces within the West Building are also being refreshed with new carpet, renovated restrooms, energy efficient lighting, and furniture groupings.
The OCCC has already completed upgrades to the wireless system in both the North/South and West buildings. Now with a total of 1,100 access points, the OCCC’s network is one of the strongest in the U.S., able to accommodate more guests using multiple devices simultaneously. Because now, more than ever, show managers, exhibitors, and attendees must all be able to stay connected across various platforms.
Likewise, the connectivity of the OCCC campus itself will become seamless after improvements and additions to the above-ground bridge system are completed. The OCCC currently links with neighboring hotels via four pedestrian bridges. A fifth pedestrian bridge, spanning International Drive between the West Building’s third-level lobby and the sidewalk in front of the Hyatt Regency Orlando, will open in early 2017.
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