Orlando Books More Than 500 Meetings for 2010-17

Between 2010 and 2017, Orlando expects to host 528 meetings and conventions with an economic impact of more than $820 million in attendee spending, the Orlando Business Journal reported last week.

The events, booked at both the Orange County Convention Center and at area hotels, have all been confirmed over the past six months and are expected to attract 834,755 attendees to Orlando, where they're expected to consume more than 1 million hotel room nights.

"Our convention and meetings sales team, along with the Orange County Convention Center, has been working tirelessly to bring more opportunities to the destination during the past six months and it has really paid off—especially in one of the toughest economies our conventions and meetings industry has seen," said Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Gary Sain.

Among the groups coming to Orlando in the next seven years are the U.S. Volleyball Association in April/May 2010, Star Wars Celebration V in August 2010, CVS Caremark in January 2011, the Society of the Plastics Industry in April 2012 and March 2015, and the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists in December 2017.