The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is committed to finding new and innovative ways to embrace our new normal, so we can continue Meeting Safely Today for a Stronger Tomorrow. Since launching our robust recovery plan in June, all eyes have been on Orlando to lead not only its clients, community and the Center to success, but the industry as a whole.

With its busiest month since the onset of the pandemic in full swing, the OCCC continues to carefully prepare and control its space, to provide a safe and responsible environment for attendees, clients, employees and the surrounding community. Returning to the OCCC for its 10th year, the 2020 American Kennel Club (AKC) National Championship presented by Royal Canin celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Center from Dec. 8-13, 2020.

With no spectators and enhanced safety protocols, the event may have looked different from previous years, but the extensive planning put forward by show managers ensured a safe and enjoyable event for attendees, exhibitors and participants. Recognized as the pinnacle of the dog sporting calendar, attendees and vendors alike were delighted to be back on the show floor, sharing memories of years gone by and reconnecting with the dog show community.

Vendors and participants also referenced the safe destination practices they have experienced in Orlando, praising the local restaurants and accommodations for their enhanced efforts. Read more about participant testimonials and the success of the event on our website.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to hosting your event at the Orange County Convention Center in the near future. 
Mark Tester
Executive Director
Orange County Convention Center
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Orlando International Airport Update 
The Orlando International Airport (MCO) has added another layer to its health and safety procedures already in place. At its monthly meeting on Dec. 9, 2020, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board approved a plan to offer access to a COVID-19 testing clinic at MCO. The pilot program is a collaboration with AdventHealth Centra Care. The testing clinic is being set up as a part of the concession program and will be located pre-security on the airport’s third level. It will provide a convenient testing opportunity for both travelers and the airport employee base, as well as the Central Florida community.

Additionally, MCO is pleased to have recovered service from over 80 percent of their domestic routes that operated prior to the pandemic. In order to ensure a safe and healthy experience for all travelers, facial coverings are mandatory for all persons throughout the main terminal. If any person arrives at MCO without a facial covering or is in need of any further personal protective equipment (PPE), they will find it at PPE vending machines or any news/gift store located throughout the airport.

The TSA Experience has also been updated to follow CDC guidelines to ensure proper physical distancing. Lines will move faster than they may first appear. Even during peak times, over 95 percent of passengers are expected to pass through TSA within 15 minutes. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the terminal and locations can be found on the airport website or the MCO App available on Android and Apple devices. TSA now allows hand sanitizer of up to 12 ounces per passenger. All other liquids, gels and aerosols continue to be limited to 3.4 ounces in a one quart sized bag.

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