For the fourth year out of the last five, in 2016 Orlando ranked No. 1 once again on Cvent’s most recent list of the top meeting destinations in the U.S. “Orlando continues to raise the bar every year,” proclaims George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando.
Home to the country’s second largest convention center and the second-largest concentration of hotel rooms in the U.S., Orlando can hardly be said to rest on its laurels. The Central Florida destination continues to seek new ways to stimulate its convention industry, a crucial component of the city’s economy. At the Orange County Convention Center, total attendance in 2016 was 1,456,816, an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year. The number of individual events was up 17.7 percent. The region’s hotel inventory has grown 37 percent over the least two decades, with 119,000 rooms today at a variety of price points, from budget to luxury.
By David Swanson
March 1, 2017