NBAA2008 Brings $37.2 Million to Orlando Economy

ORLANDO, FL, October 5, 2008 – NBAA's 61st Annual Meeting and Convention (NBAA2008) has returned to Orlando this year and with today's challenging economic climate, the Orlando Visitor's Bureau is glad to welcome the Convention back to Orange County. Tourism creates 23 percent of total employment, or approximately 380,000 jobs, in the Orlando tri-country area. More.

"NBAA has endeared itself to the Orlando community and has long been a favored show, said Tammi Runzler, vice president of sales and services for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The economic reach of NBAA extends well beyond the Convention corridor as exhibits are displayed throughout the area and Attendees really get out and enjoy our amenities," she said.

The Visitors Bureau estimates that with 31,000 people registered to attend this year, Attendees will need approximately 68,000 room nights and spend about $37.2 million while they are in Orlando.

"It's a huge boost for our meetings and convention community to watch this show grow and thrive in Orlando," said Runzler of NBAA2008, the world's largest purely civil aviation trade show.

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is also pleased that NBAA came back to their facility this year. "Many people don't know that some of the features of the north/south convention center building were constructed with this show in mind," continued Runzler. "The loyalty and respect we have for each other is the epitome of a great partnership."

Orlando's overall conference attendance is down 8.4 percent this year compared to 2007. The Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention facility in the country after McCormick Place in Chicago. Each year, OCCC brings more than 300 events to the Central Florida area.  As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $1.4 billion to the area's economic impact each year.

"We are proud to be the host site for the return of NBAA's Annual Meeting & Convention," said Kathie Canning, deputy general manager of the OCCC.  "In a challenging economy, it takes the strength and leadership of an organization like NBAA to rally its Members and industry partners to achieve a successful show, and our local businesses realize the increased economic benefits of having such an admirable event in Orlando."

About 2,600 people are employed locally to make an event of this size possible. Florists, decorators, transportation workers and hotel and restaurant staff all benefit.

Sources: Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Visitors Bureau

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