Orlando is used to the superlatives. Most Visited Destination in the U.S. (Visit Orlando), No. 1 Most Affordable Vacation City (USA Today)—you get the idea. But for planners, the one that really stands out is Cvent naming Orlando the No. 1 meetings destination in the U.S. for six straight years. So, what exactly makes the city such a magical meeting destination?
It’s a Booming Business Innovation Hub
On top of being known for its beautiful lakes, natural scenery and unforgettable theme parks, Orlando is quickly becoming a hotspot for business innovation. It’s been nicknamed the Digital Valley and is considered the modeling, simulation and training capital of the world. Innovation is woven into the fabric of the city, and entrepreneurs, start-ups and big-name companies such as Lockheed Martin call Orlando home.
It’s Got a State-of-the-Art Convention Center
With more than 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space—and more on the horizon—the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the second largest in the nation, and connects directly to nearly 5,200 hotel rooms via covered walkway bridges. But the OCCC isn’t just seriously spacious—it’s also serious about sustainability. Your attendees’ meals will be made with fresh produce harvested directly from the OCCC’s 2,000-square-foot Vision Gardens, and there is a rooftop solar array the size of four football fields that harnesses sustainable energy from the ever-present Florida sun.
It’s Home to Incredible Nightlife and Entertainment
With plenty of sleek lounges, cocktail bars, high-energy dance clubs, acclaimed restaurants and a thriving craft brewery scene, your attendees will have plenty to choose from when the meeting is over and the party is just beginning. From International Drive to downtown Orlando to Universal CityWalk, there are a number of easy-to-reach, walkable entertainment districts ideal for networking events, team dinners and connecting with fellow attendees.
It’s Where Attendees Already Want to Be
So many professionals are on the lookout for events where they can bring their families or incorporate some much-needed vacation time. The opportunity for bleisure travel is high in Orlando—remember the “Most Visited Destination in the U.S.” distinction—which makes events hosted here even harder to resist.