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What comes to mind when you think of Orlando? Most likely world-famous theme parks, but did you know that Orlando’s economy is also booming thanks to a thriving convention scene?

At the center of this economy sits the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the largest in the southeast and the second largest in the United States. Generous accommodations, a rich dining and entertainment scene, and those world-famous parks attract more than a million convention attendees year after year.

Convention season is year-round in Orlando. Check out below what’s coming to the OCCC in May.


Knowledge 2020

May 4 – 7 | West Concourse

20,000 attending

Attend for extensive learning opportunities for business owners using ServiceNow. Lab/workshops include methods for improving staff management systems, defining and mapping business service, and improving the customer’s experience on mobile devices, among many other business-related educational sessions. Aside from the normal convention activities—expo hall, keynotes, networking, and breakout sessions, this event will have CreatorCon, a hands-on lab where coders get to build and play.

Sapphire Now and ASUG Annual Conference

May 12 – 14 | North & South Concourse

20,200 attending

Did you know that Sapphire is actually an acronym that means SAP’s Perennial Highly Integrated R/2-3 Exchange? If you’re a business owner or use any products from SAP, the business systems software company, then you’ve probably heard of this conference. Held yearly and attracting more than 20,000 to Orlando, this conference includes sessions, great networking opportunities, and incredible business development opportunities around SAP solutions.


May 15 – 17 | West Concourse

1,500 attending

Not to be confused with Knowledge 2020 hosted earlier this month, attendees of this private event will learn about mobile electronics. Educational opportunities on schedule include educational workshops and manufacturer trainings. After some learning, network with manufacturers and benefit-providers during the trade show. Mobile Electronics Association Retailer members get in free. Otherwise there is a cost to attend.

CITRIX Synergy 2020

May 18 – 20 | West Concourse

8,000 attending

Most modern business solutions are wrapped in software packages, Citrix Synergy being one of those software companies and products. If you’re an influencer in your company—network engineer, systems administrator, or infrastructure developer, then this event most likely will prove useful. This conference, available at a cost, has the standard events: seminars, training sessions, breakouts, networking opportunities, a reception, and a final night party. It also has a massive Solutions Expo area.

Orlando International Film Festival

May 23 – 26 | West Concourse

2,000 attending

Orlando has plenty of film festivals, e.g. Fringe, but none like this one. This film festival is specifically for young, upcoming filmmakers still in school in any grade from kindergarten to a senior in high school. Young filmmakers will have the opportunity to attend workshops, exhibits and networking opportunities with experienced filmmakers. All entries will be showcased and graded for awards. Orlando International Film Festival, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, offers its attendees discounts to theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld.

UBU Expo

May 23 – 24 | West Concourse

15,000 attending

Here’s a conference, open to the public, that’s a delightful mix of various athletic competitions, natural and holistic products, vitamins, supplements, athletic apparel, and … cosplay. At this fun event, competitions range from bodybuilding, grappling, sport Taekwondo and Karate, and Rock, Paper, Scissors tournaments. Exhibitors will have the latest samples of energy drinks, meal supplements, and athletic apparel. And don’t forget the cosplay portion which will also host costume contests. Tickets for the day are $25 for adults or $40 for both days. Tickets for children (ages 6 – 12) are $10 for one day and $15 for both. Kids 5 and younger get in free.

2020AAU 18U Girls Junior National Volleyball Championships

May 23 – 25 | North/South Concourse

2,500 attending

All are welcome to enjoy this showcase of young volleyball talent as squads get together to compete for national titles. Volleyball teams will compete in waves by divisions: 18 Classic, 18 Club, 18 Open, and 18 Premier. College coaches and scouts will be there, so players have a little extra to look forward to aside from a championship.

Stay in a Hotel Close to the OCCC

Midpointe Hotel, a Rosen Property, is right across the street from the OCCC. Our comfortable accommodations such as refrigerator in every room, queen and king sized beds in deluxe or suite guestrooms, as well as coffee makers, hairdryers, and irons make every stay feel like home. Rooms book fast, so check availability today by clicking the orange button in the upper right corner of this page.

Convention Networking

Being so close to the Orange County Convention Center is probably one of the best features of the Midpointe Hotel, tied closely with comfortable amenities. It’s no surprise many of our guests visit Orlando’s tourism and conference district for business purposes, which keeps Orlando’s schedule of events packed year-round. Even in December when crowds lighten up a bit at theme parks like Universal Orlando Resort, the Orange County Convention Center stays busy.

If you’re planning to attend any of these events below in December, keep in mind we’re right across the street from the OCCC.


North & South Concourse (Private) | 2 – 6

This is the world’s largest modeling and simulation (M&S) event with a lot of hands-on-virtual-training. Who this event may interest includes all branches of the military, national defense and security, educational communities, and such. This major annual meeting is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) whose purpose is to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation with M&S, education, training, analysis, and related disciplines. If you are interested in attending and need help getting permission to attend, visit the Justification page for detailed instructions: https://www.iitsec.org/attend/attendee-justification

American Society of Hematology 2019

West Concourse (Private) | 6 – 10

Anyone in the hematology field, from researchers to trainees, will benefit from attending the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. The event has an overall focus on malignant and non-malignant hematology while hosting discussions on genetics, areas of immunotherapy, emerging tools for genome editing, and single cell technology. Young hematologists in training will have the chance to network and receive onsite mentoring at the ASH-apalooza event at Top Golf. Workshop sessions and roundtables open the floor to collaborative brainstorming on current cases. Women hematologist will have special networking opportunities during the event. If any of this is in your field of interest, please click the link below for a full description of events and times.


Spirit Cheer

West Concourse (Private) | 14 – 15

Competition brings out the best in us all. Athletes know this best, including those who support players on the field—the cheerleaders. Coming to Orlando during the holiday season is Spirit Cheer’s All American DI and DII Nationals. Cheerleaders and dancers aiming for national titles and a chance to compete in subsequent international tournaments plan seriously for this qualifying event. Spirit Cheer rose out of Gainesville, FL, in 1998. Spirit Cheer quickly became known for “NBA Fun Days” where top teams from that day’s competitions would attend an NBA game and perform as the half time entertainment. The competitive foundation has grown into affordable and fun cheerleading event. Competitors range in age and ability, what matters most here is spirit! And you’ll find it aplenty during this year’s most anticipated cheerleading event. Spirit Cheer also provides educational opportunities and seminars for coaches and gym owners at Varsity University. Check out Spirit Cheer’s website for information on all events, including cost and registration information for All American DI and DII Nationals.


Enrich your life with the latest education from experts in your field of interest or by cheering and/or dancing competitively. Give yourself the gift of staying across the street from the action in comfortable and affordable rooms at Midpointe Hotel. Check availability by clicking the button above or by calling 833-527-4349.

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