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Orlando… Destination for HIMSS17 and a Great Getaway!

Between outdoor recreation, theme parks and attractions, shopping, dining, and more – not to mention HIMSS17 – there's plenty to see and do in Orlando. In fact, more than 66 million people – including 5.5 million international tourists – visited Orlando last year, making it the top tourist destination in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

Here are some more fun facts about Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) – home of HIMSS17:

  • The city of Orlando was incorporated in 1875. Walt Disney World opened in 1971.
  • The OCCC is one of the largest convention centers in the U.S. – with 7 million square feet of total space and 2,053,820 square feet of exhibition space.
  • Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida – although the vast citrus groves for which the county was named no longer exist.
  • Construction of the OCCC’s North/South Building required 27,000 tons of steel.
  • Walt Disney World encompasses 30,500 acres – approximately the same size as San Francisco, or two of New York City’s Manhattans.
  • Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes and more than 100 parks.
  • The OCCC’s Valencia Ballroom is larger than a football field, including the end zones.
  • Orlando is located at the very center of Florida, geographically speaking.
  • If Chicago’s Willis Tower was placed on its side, it would fit lengthwise inside the OCCC’s West Building’s contiguous exhibition space.
  • The official nickname of Orlando is “The City Beautiful,” and it is also known as “O-Town.”

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