Tag: Orange County Convention Center

Orlando Convention Center Sets July 14 Reopening

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will reopen to events July 14 when it hosts the 47th Amateur Athletic Union Junior National Volleyball Championships, putting it among the first convention centers in North America to host an event after the coronavirus outbreak.

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GBAC Star to Mark Accredited Venues

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is among the facilities that have committed to attaining GBAC Star accreditation. (OCCC.net) New program will certify facilities’ disinfecting efforts A new facility hygiene accreditation program formally unveiled Thursday by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council offers live event venues and other industries detailed guidelines and performance criteria on sanitation, disinfection and infectious disease prevention best practices. When followed, the program leads to a formal accreditation that’s expected be a key part of ensuring safety and restoring confidence amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Already committed to attaining the GBAC Star accreditation are Hard Rock Stadium, home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and several convention centers: Chicago’s McCormick Place; the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.; the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Convention Center; and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The 20-point accreditation program answers facilities’ need for […]

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Tester Settles In at Orange County Complex

ORANGE JUICED: Mark Tester began work as executive director in Orlando on Feb. 17. (Courtesy Orange County Convention Center) Move brings him to second-largest U.S. convention center “Drinking from a fire hose” is how new Orange County Convention Center Executive Director Mark Tester described his first days on the job after starting Feb. 17 after departing his post as director of the Austin (Texas) Convention Center. Tester, a Purdue University alum, came to Orlando, Fla., from his job as director of the Austin (Texas) Convention Center. He had been in Austin since 2008 and before that was senior director of sales and marketing at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the country’s largest convention center, which he joined in 2005. Prior to that he had been with the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau for 10 years.  Tester is the OCCC’S first permanent director since 2018, when Kathie Canning retired after 32 years. He spoke […]

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Tester to Lead Convention Center in Orlando

FRESH HIRE IN FLORIDA: Mark Tester has overseen the Austin (Texas) Convention Center for 12 years. (Courtesy Orange County Convention Center) He departs Austin for second-largest facility in the country Mark Tester, director of the Austin (Texas) Convention Center since 2008, has been named executive director of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. In his new role, which he will assume Feb. 10 pending confirmation by the Orange County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday, Tester will be responsible for overall operations, planning, marketing and all activities at the Orange County center, according to an announcement by Orlando Mayor Jerry Demings. Tester is taking on the job of running the second-largest convention center in North America at 7 million square feet, including 2.1 million square feet of exhibit space. That’s slated to grow to 2.3 million  after a $605 million expansion project due to be complete at the […]

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