Meetings Mean Business in Orlando


Bill McDermott-who is the CEO of business-software company SAP, a friend of the meetings industry and an important client of Visit Orlando's-penned an op-ed for last week that focused on the important role that in-person meetings and events play in our businesses and communities. It coincided with the first official North American Meeting Industry Day on April 16.

In his editorial, Bill mentions the upcoming Sapphire technology conference that will bring 25,000 SAP employees, their customers and partners to Orlando, May 5-7. It's a good reminder of how important clients like Bill, events like Sapphire and the meetings industry overall are to our destination. Our local meetings industry helps attract millions of business/convention visitors who come to Orlando each year. The Orange County Convention Center alone welcomes more than a million visitors annually. And its status as the second-largest convention center in the United States makes Orlando a major player in the conventions industry.

Meetings do mean business in Orlando. We're fortunate that our tourism and community leaders understand this, and we at Visit Orlando continue to leverage all of our destination's assets to book even more business for our community in the months and years ahead.


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One week ago today we capped off NPE, the world's largest trade show for the plastics industry. As is typical with major conventions that choose to come to Orlando, NPE2015 experienced an increase in attendance, resulting in its largest show in its 69-year history. Unprecedented size and diversity translated into more than 65,000 delegates attending the event at the Orange County Convention Center and enjoying our area retail, dining and entertainment venues, while occupying many of our communities' hotels.

I'd like to congratulate the Visit Orlando Convention Sales team, the entire convention center staff and all of our 1,200 member companies and community partners for making this year's Plastics Showcase such an overwhelming success.

In fact, Orlando made such a great impression on the Society of the Plastics Industry that they announced here last week that they will be returning to Orlando in 2018. It's a powerful endorsement of our destination that other large trade shows and manufacturing industry executives will undoubtedly notice.


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