Imagine the Possibilities
Global Traveler|November 2021
Factor in fun at your next meeting in Orlando.
SUSAN B. BARNES

Orlando, the No. 1 travel destination in the United States, makes it easy to mix business with pleasure with its warm weather year-round, thriving arts scene and thrilling theme parks. Meeting and event planners find The City Beautiful appealing, too, with 150-plus meeting hotels offering a combined 5 million square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate nearly any size group and more than 127,000 hotel rooms throughout the city. All told, it’s easy to see why Orlando is consistently named Cvent’s No. 1 U.S. meeting destination.

Traveling into the city is as easy as taxi takeoff-land, with flights arriving at Orlando International Airport from across the country and around the world. MCO has been awarded Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s STAR Accreditation, the gold standard of safe venues, and its South Terminal Complex addition should open in 2022. The cornerstone of the airport’s $3.82 billion capital improvement program, the complex will house 15 new gates, allowing the airport to welcome an additional 10 to 12 million annual passengers.

The industry-leading Orange County Convention Center, located just 11 miles from MCO, also earned GBAC STAR Accreditation. With 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space and 480,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the OCCC team works with planners to create unforgettable events. For ease of its guests, four hotels — Hilton Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Rosen Centre Hotel and Rosen Plaza Hotel — offer more than 5,200 guestrooms and direct access to the center via pedestrian walkways or covered walking bridges.

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