Event Transportation in Orlando, Florida
One of the busiest American cities for conventions and conferences, Orlando, Florida is always reinventing itself in new and creative ways to provide fresh excitement. Meetings can be held here any time of the year. Orlando offers a two-season climate with more than 300 days of sunshine each year. It is hot from May until September, and dry and cool from late October through April.
Located in mid-state Florida, and the state’s largest inland city, Orlando is known as “The Theme Park Capital of the World,” drawing more than 62 million tourists in 2014. It is home to seven of the top 10 theme parts in the world, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld, Gatorland and Wet ‘n Wild.
Orlando International Airport is located six miles southeast of town and is the second-busiest airport in Florida, offering more than 100 domestic and international flights daily. It is a major international gateway airport for the mid-Florida region and a focus city for Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
Orlando Meetings and Conventions
The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the nation’s second-largest facility, providing 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space in two separate buildings, 74 meeting rooms with 235 breakouts, three full-service restaurants and eight food courts. One of its greatest innovations is its rooftop system that generates power by collecting solar energy, providing 12% of the annual electrical needs. Over the next five years, the OCCC will receive a $187-million face lift.
The OCCC was recently selected as the best meeting facility in the country by Business Review USA, and is host to 40% of the top medical meetings.
For other choices, convention venue hotels include the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, The Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Hyatt Regency Orlando, Hilton Orlando and Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek.
Orlando Event Venues
Orlando may have more unique event and entertainment sites than other cities, with its array of theme parks and golf courses. Orlando event venue options include Fantasy of Flight, NASCAR I-Drive, Minus5 Ice Bar, CityArts Factory, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon Orlando, Forever Florida ziplines, T-Rex, Black Hammock Airboat & Pontoon Rides, NBA City, Titanic The Artifact Exhibition, or Pub Orlando, among its selections.
Dining and Entertainment
For dining options, Orlando is filled with award-winning restaurants and celebrity chefs (including four local chefs recognized as semifinalists in the prestigious James Beard Awards), chic wine bars, casual cafes, and good old Southern cooking. Some of the most popular restaurants include La Luce by Donna Scala, Todd English’s bluezoo, Emeril’s Orlando, Norman’s (celebrity chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken) and Raglan Road (Ireland’s celebrity chef Kevin Dundon).
There is an endless array of after-hour entertainment across the convention district including Pointe Orlando, I-Drive 360 with its new Orlando Eye observation wheel, Restaurant Row, Universal’s City Walk, Winter Park and Downtown Disney. Attendees might also enjoy IFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving, Tantalizing Tastes & Tours, the Richard Petty Driving Experience, the Kennedy Space Center, Gatorland, a Wildlife Park, Capone’s Dinner & Show, Swamp airboat rides, the Harry P. Leu Gardens or the Great Escape Room.
Transportation around Orlando
Professional transportation during your convention or meeting is one of the most essential elements, and at Event Transportation Systems, it is our main business. Rely on us for airport transfers, event shuttles, and VIP and executive transportation in and around Orlando in our eco-friendly vehicles.
We can also assist with convention marketing, providing bus banner ads, video and television services, among the options available from Newsday Communications to help brand and promote your event.
When planning your meeting, trade show, or convention in Orlando, contact ETS.