Orange County Convention Center

 

Also dubbed as the Center of Hospitality, the Orange County Convention Center, owned and operated by the Orange County Government, is the primary public convention center in Central Florida.

 

What OCCC boasts is its superior space, which they describe as an ideal location option for groups of people that range from hundreds to thousands. Located in the area's tourist district, the OCCC is currently the second largest convention center in the United States garnering a land area of 7 million square feet of exhibition, meeting room and public space, 2.2 million square feet of which is allotted to exhibition space. Its enormous area is just next to that of Chicago's four interconnected buildings: the McCormick Place. Events that usually happen in the OCCC include graduations, academic/university conferences, pageants, and other shows.

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OCCC has been living up the "Center of Hospitality" title, providing the best customer services to clients. Clients can honor distinct OCCC employees and nominate them as "Hospitality Hero." This has been a very favorable way for the employees to get recognized through their distinguished hospitality. It was in June 1969 when the Orlando Area has begun marketing itself as a top convention destination, however it was only nine years later, in 1978, when the Orange County has finally approved of the construction of the convention and civic center. The Orlando Central Park was chosen as the site for the construction. The first phase of OCCC, which was formerly known as the Orange County Convention and Civic Center, was completed in February 1983 and has relinquished a grand opening with 14,000 attendees in an event graced by the Boston Pops Orchestra, or more aptly described as the “Boston Players,” a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

OCCC is minutes away from the Orlando International Airport and attendees at the Orange County Convention Center will certainly feel limitless of the options of amenities that the area is offering. Dining, shopping and entertainment areas are literally of walking distance from the OCCC. Getting around the OCCC can easily be done by foot, bicycle or car, although a public transportation like the I-Ride Trolley and Lynx Bus Service are also available, a truly remarkable and memorable ride on its own.

OCCC's second phase and third phase was completed in 1989 and 1996, respectively. The second phase includes an expansion of the exhibition space while the third phase includes another expansion and addition of a 2,643-seat auditorium and a 16-seat lecture theater. The fourth phase which was also completed on 1996, includes another expansion that results the gross square feet of the exhibition space to 1, 095, 390 square feet. Phase 5 paved doors to the introduction of the North/South Building in November 2003. The OCCC had then become a temporary shelter for six weeks in 2003 to people who have been devastated by Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. This caused a minimal disruption in the convention operations, although the catastrophe didn't actually affected convention bookings.