Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 26 2012

SOUTHEAST: Orlando

Ali Gramaglia

Easy to reach and always evolving


No matter where you’re coming from, Orlando is the perfect choice for your next meeting or business event. With numerous flight options, convenient highway access, and a central location, traveling to and from Orlando is easy. And it has recently experienced a remarkable transformation. If you haven’t been there lately, its best-kept secret is how much it has changed.

Accessible Flights

Business travelers arrive on more than 41 scheduled airlines, which provide nonstop service from 82 domestic and 31 international cities at Orlando International Airport (MCO). It’s affordable, too - Orlando airfares are the fourth lowest among the 50 largest U.S. airports. And with new international service from British Airways, Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, and TAM, the destination is even more globally connected.

Proximity and walkability

Did you realize the proximity of first-class Orlando hotel rooms to the Orange County Convention Center? There are four hotels and 5,185 rooms within approximately a half-mile radius, and another 11 hotels with 7,380 sleeping rooms within a one-mile radius of the convention center. Widen that radius to two miles, and the options expand to 40 first-class hotels and 16,668 sleeping rooms.

And when it comes to walkability, numerous hotels provide pedestrian walkways or bridges that connect to the convention center, including the Hilton Orlando, The Peabody Orlando, and the Rosen Centre Hotel. A pedestrian bridge connecting the 31-story expansion of The Peabody Orlando to the convention center is planned for 2013.

Convenient hotel

Of course, Orlando’s convention hotels - including the Hilton Orlando, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando - are conveniently located throughout the destination. The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts will soon be added to the list with a $360-million property currently under construction at the Walt Disney World Resort. The property is anticipated to open in mid-to-late 2014.

Distinct dining districts

Looking for an upscale steakhouse or a night of dancing? What about a jazz club or a chic neighborhood bistro? How about a cool wine bar or some great Asian fare? In Orlando, fine dining and amazing entertainment are just about everywhere. Check out these dining districts and you’ll be sampling Orlando’s diverse collection of culinary scenes in no time: Convention Area, Restaurant Row, Winter Park, Downtown, Universal/CityWalk, and Disney/Lake Buena Vista.

At A Glance

Orange County Convention Center

Total exhibit space
• 2.1 million square feet

Meeting space
• 74 rooms with 235 breakouts

Hotel rooms within 2 miles
• 16,668

Distance from airport

• 12.9 miles

For more information: orlandomeeting.com

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