- Created: Monday, 18 July 2016 23:39
The Orange County Convention Center is an Orlando Attraction of its Own
Located in the heart of International Drive in Orlando, this convention center ranks second in size in the US and attracts over 10 million business travelers annually to the area
International Drive has been known for more than 30 years as a hotspot for tourists who flock to it seeking affordable and convenient alternatives to theme park lodging. However, this vibrant district is home to the second largest convention center in the United States with over 7 million square feet total, of which more than 2 million square feet are purely exhibiting space. And with access from two major highways—Interstate 4 and State Road 528—visitors can travel from the Orlando International Airport, Tampa or other corners of the state with convenience and ease.
The Orange County Convention Center originally opened in 1983 and a second expansion phase opened in 2003, which features a curious architectural style. This convention center is the first public venue for business in Central Florida and can hold a dozen trade shows and meetings, concurrently between its two buildings. The convention center features state of the art business meeting technologies, food courts and floor-based food vending stations. Major events have been held consistently over its lifetime—including the PGA Show, Star Wars Celebration, and the National Association of Home Builders, among countless many others.
The venue infuses the International Drive area with a constant flow of business travelers and its financial contribution to the Greater Orlando area produces close to $2 billion in measurable economic impact—from lodging and dining to theme parks and attractions. And of course, it is no secret that Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is a direct beneficiary thanks to our resort’s strategic location a short drive away from the Orange County Convention Center. So if you are planning to attend a trade show, convention or business meeting at this fantastic venue—be sure to book your stay with us!