is a trade show exhibit fabricator that specializes in large format displays for your convention booth, industry meeting exhibit or trade show display spaces. We work differently, and more effectively, but coordinating closely with our clients, year after year. Vector Displays, Inc.
is a great choice, if you are a first-time exhibitor. Experienced trade show marketers who want to increase their presence with larger displays than they have previously used will appreciate our complete program management service, reducing worry and stress about your exhibit details.
Contact John Monteith
, or call us toll-free at 888-299-3119 to discuss your trade show exhibit fabrication project.
Getting to Know Orlando
With a population of two million, Orlando is always on the list of the nation's fastest-growing metro areas. With over one third of its population between the ages of 20 and 44 and a median age of 36, Orlando is a young and vibrant city. It has the ninth busiest airport in the U.S. and is warm and sunny year round. Metro Orlando is the third largest city in Florida, smaller than just Miami and Tampa. It is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in Florida and the sixth largest in the nation, as measured by student enrollment.
Orlando is famous for The Walt Disney World Resort, which is actually located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, about 20 miles (32 km) to the south. The area is a theme park dream and boasts other world class destinations: Universal/MGM studios working back lots and entertainment complex, Sea World, the original Wet 'N Wild, the authentic WWII Warbird Museum, Arabian Knights Dinner Theatre, and VANS Skate Park. Central Florida is also known for outstanding golf courses and includes PGA tour-stops along with courses for average players with more modest budgets.
From a business perspective, Orlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the country after Las Vegas, Nevada. It is one of the busiest American cities for conferences, conventions, and trade shows. Many events are held at the Orange County Convention Center, the second largest exhibition hall in the United States as measured in square footage.
Many discriminating seniors can be found in Central Florida because of the availability of quality health care, but this tropical town attracts more than tourists and seniors. Forbes ranked Orlando 20th on its list of "Best Cities for Singles." Moreover, while tourism is a staple of its economy, Orlando is a booming business metropolis that serves as home base for major corporations and medium-sized companies in a variety of industries. As a result, its robust and diverse economy boasts outstanding job growth projections and a burgeoning population of young business professionals.
Culture and Entertainment
Cultural opportunities abound in Orlando, whether you want to enjoy an outstanding symphony, take in a major Broadway production, enlighten your mind at the Orlando Science Center, or browse Winter Park's renowned art galleries and exquisite boutiques.
If athletics are more your style, check out an Orlando Magic NBA basketball game, hit the links at one of its 48 golf courses, or go fishing on one of the many area lakes and waterways. With mild temperatures and year-round sunshine, central Florida�s beaches beckon. The surfers head to the nearby Atlantic Ocean shores at Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach; however, if you prefer snow-white sands and minimal waves, St Petersburg/Clearwater is an equal distance to the west coast of Florida.
Orlando as a Trade Show Destination
Orlando is very popular destination for meeting planners because of the travel convenience, add-on attractions, and the wide variety of accommodations and meeting facilities. More than six million convention/trade show attendees visit Orlando each year. Recently Orbitz, Travelocity, and Expedia ranked Orlando hotels with more four- and five-star ratings than any other destination city.
Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is the nation�s second largest facility with seven million square feet of exhibition, meeting rooms, and public space, spread across the West and North/South Halls. Elsewhere around Orlando, conference hotels and freestanding event facilities offer another 2.9 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space for smaller groups.
Frequently asked questions about visiting Orlando for a trade show or convention:
Q: What clothes should I pack to wear in Orlando?
A: One of the reasons the Vector Displays
team loves living in Florida is the weather. Depending on the calendar date of your show, the weather may be different than the common perception. During the summer months, it is not unusual for the temperature to spike to over 100 degrees during the day coupled with very high humidity. Bring your sunscreen and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. During the winter months of November, December, and January, local temperatures can become unusually cold and rainy. Florida is the "Sunshine State," but average winter evening lows can fall to 45 degrees. Pack some type of outerwear. Layering wardrobe items is the key to changing temperatures in Florida. Remember you will spend most of the time inside the convention centers and hotels, if you are working at a trade show or convention.
Q: We are International visitors attending a trade show in Orlando, Florida for the first time. What local information should we know to assist in our planning?
A: Your Vector Displays
team leader can answer any questions and help coordinate anything that you need. The following information provides a good starting point.
The United States uses 110 to 120 volts AC (60 cycles) connecting by electrical outlets accepting a common North American plug with two flat parallel pins. These are standard requirements for electrical devices and appliances in the United States. Visitors from Europe, South America, Japan, and many other parts of the world will need an electrical adapter for laptops, grooming tools, and other electronic devices or appliances. Power converters/adapters are a convenient solution and cost much less when purchased at home. Most international airports, including Orlando/Sanford International Airport, have power converters available for purchase.
Orlando is generally a very safe city for tourists and convention/trade show attendees. Most visitors stay in or near theme parks, entertainment venues, and around the Orange County Convention Center. However, you should never assume that crime does not exist or that you could not be a victim. Take the same precautions you would at home and use common sense. Local police and private security personnel are usually highly visible in the convention hotels and many theme parks.
911- Emergency Response Telephone Number
The universal telephone number for police, fire department, and all municipal emergency responders, including medical assistance, is 911 anywhere in the United States. This number is always toll-free, and your location is automatically reported to the operator receiving your call, from any "landline" telephone. It is important to note that this location reporting feature is not functional when dialed from a cell phone. You will need to identify your location verbally, in English, for the fastest response to your exact location if using a cell phone. All the major theme parks, many hotels, and most entertainment venues have their own private security services and medical "first responders" on staff.
Telephone Service and Wi-Fi Internet Access
The telephone area code for Orlando Florida is 407. Cell phone coverage across Orlando and the local theme park areas is very dependable. All major North American carriers operate in Orlando or have a roaming agreement. It�s a good idea to ask your cell phone provider to confirm this before you leave home. Be sure to ask about any additional "roaming" fees. International convention visitors may want to purchase "disposable" cell phones while in town. Your Vector Displays team leader can advise you on this matter.
Orlando is blanketed with private "hotspots" for your laptop/portable computer. Many businesses, including shopping malls, coffee shops, and bookstores offer free access points. Most major hotels, including those adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center, provide Wi-Fi accessibility. Remember to use security procedures when accessing public Wi-Fi and keep your anti-virus/spyware/malware software current.
Local retail purchases are subject to a 7.5 percent sales tax. This tax amount is NOT commonly posted on store shelves, but it is added at the cash register. Hotel rooms in the popular tourism and theme park areas have a higher "bed tax." The tourist tax is 12.9% on hotel rooms and is included at all hotels near the Orange County Convention Center.
Orlando is in the Eastern Time Zone of the continental United States. International travelers can compute local time. Orlando is GMT/UTC -5 hours.
Speak with your Vector Displays
team leader if you have transportation questions. We live here and can offer specific advice about getting your staff members to the trade show/convention/meeting destination. Orlando is an easy destination from anywhere in the world, but "local" ground transportation can be confusing and expensive without advice from an experienced "local" to assist you.
Orlando/Sanford International Airport (MCO) is ranked highly by professional travelers for convenience and proximity to final ground destinations. Because of the year-round tourist traffic, Orlando is a great convention destination city. You'll find a variety of flights to Orlando. Over 30 airlines and many private charter flights provide service from around the United States and around the world. MCO is located about 20 minutes from its most famous destination, Walt Disney World. Visitors are about 25 minutes away from other major attractions, meeting facilities, and downtown Orlando. Most hotels and attractions, like Disney World, offer free shuttle bus transfers from the airport to their on-site hotels.
The United States� national rail service is called Amtrak and serves Orlando with two daily trains originating from New York and Miami. The train stops are in downtown Orlando and the neighborhood suburbs of Sanford near the airport, Winter Park, and Kissimmee. Amtrak also runs trains three times weekly originating from Los Angeles, California. "Auto Train" is a popular option that transports passengers (and their personal auto), with comfortable bi-level Superliner sleepers and a diner car. European and japanese visitor will find USA train travel to be very tedious, unreliable and expensive. compared to your home-market options. Before planning to use the train in the USA, we suggest you speak with your Vector Displays
team leader about your needs.
Only a few international travelers arrive in Orlando by auto, but the major highway networks provide easy access for visitors traving across the state of Florida. The major north/south roadways are I-95 [on the Floridaand I-4/I-75 connecting you to Atlanta and the state of Georgia to the north of Florida. The Orlando area is connected to the Miami International Airport by the Florida Turnpike, or Highway 528 (the Bee Line Expressway) and I-95. The speed limits are posted on white signs with black letters. Interstate roads have speed limits of 55, 65, or 70 mph. State highways have 55 mph limits.
Local city arteries are posted at 40 mph. The speed enforcement is less severe than in many other countries so it is common for "locals" to exceed limits. We recommend that you observe all traffic laws in your rental car/van/truck. Drivers and passengers in the front seat are required to wear seatbelts at all times. Children of all ages must wear seat belts or be in an approved child "safety seat� at all times. You can obtain these seats from your rental car agency when you make reservations.
is a trade show exhibit company that provides fabrication for trade show displays, trade show exhibits, and trade show exhibit stands to major shows in Atlanta, GA and around the world. To obtain a quote for your next show, contact John Monteith, johnm@VectorDisplays.com
, or call us toll-free at 888-299-3119.