Faces of ORL: Conventions

Meet Mark Tester, the leader behind the Orange County Convention Center!
Mark Tester Occc, Convention Center, Photo By Roberto Gonzalez

Mark Tester OCCC, convention center, photo by Roberto Gonzalez

THE FACE OF CONVENTIONS
Mark Tester, Executive Director

Orange County Convention Center

The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), located in the heart of International Drive and only fifteen minutes from the Orlando International Airport, provides a multitude of event options in two beautiful buildings – the West and the North-South. The Center provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the OCCC has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and tradeshows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. As a regional economic engine, the OCCC has demonstrated its flexibility as an industry leader – affirming its competitiveness and reputation for excellence.

In its 21-22 fiscal year, the OCCC hosted 159 events, with approximately 1.5 million attendees and a total economic impact of $2.4 billion. Under the leadership of OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester, the Center has been able to lead the industry forward and make a successful recovery from the pandemic. The OCCC is consistently rated a top-tier convention center in North America with incredible spaces and flexibility to accommodate a variety of events. “No other center in the country has the regional collaboration and support that we have from our elected officials, partners, hotels, theme parks and local businesses,” added Tester. “Our culture of hospitality is what sets Orlando apart from other destinations.”

Contact OCCC:

9800 International Drive, Suite 700 |Orlando, FL 32819 | Phone: 407-685-9800 | www.OCCC.net

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