Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.

The expansion of the second largest convention center in the country includes the Convention Way Grand Concourse, an enclosed connection between the North and South concourses, which features additional meeting space and an 80,000-square-foot ballroom with a grand entrance to the North-South building along Convention Way. The 200,000-square-foot facility is a flexible, divisible, column-free space with a combination of retractable and floor seating to accommodate between 18,000-20,000 guests.

This project will also incorporate connectivity between the North and South concourses.

The center brings more than 200 conventions and events and hosts 1.4 million attendees each year.

“As a leading meeting and convention destination, Orlando is known for continually investing in the region’s growth, and this next phase of the Orange County Convention Center is another testament to our commitment to this industry,” said George Aguel, president & CEO of Visit Orlando. “The expansion at the center will create a wealth of new opportunities for groups of all sizes, and will serve as a catalyst for additional development throughout our convention district including new hotels, restaurants and entertainment options.”

This new growth comes on top of five years of previous growth at the center which enhanced walkability and connectivity between the convention center and surrounding convention district. There are now five pedestrian skybridges connecting more than 5,200 hotel rooms to the convention center. Within two miles of the convention center, attendees now have access to more than 75 restaurants and attractions.

Hotel Growth Continues Around the Orange County Convention Center District

Orlando’s hotel inventory is expanding every year, with more than 122,000 rooms—7,300 of which are within a 1-mile radius of the convention center—at over 450 hotels and resorts, including 150-plus meetings hotels.

“Attendees from around the country and the globe will appreciate how much growth Orlando has experienced in the past few years, and how thoughtfully it has grown in every arena,” Aguel said. “We know all of these new offerings will give planners and attendees another exciting reason to come back [to our destination]."

Information based off a news release from Visit Orlando.