Did you know that each person who attends a convention or tradeshow at the Orange County Convention Center generates $1,970, on average, in economic impact for our destination? Now multiply that by more than 1 million per year and that's quite a hefty sum.

Along these lines, one of the most exciting developments soon to benefit our community is a $605 million capital improvement plan at OCCC that will add more than 200,000 square feet for exhibits and meetings, as well as multipurpose seating for up to 20,000 people. An enclosed walkway between OCCC's north and south concourses, in addition to a large ballroom, are also in the works.

Combined with meeting-space expansion at several top hotels -- and a slate of new hotel inventory coming online through 2020 -- this spells excellent news for business travel to Orlando.

By investing in our destination, it not only makes convention groups want to return again and again, it also strengthens our local economy and our reputation as America's top city for events.

-- George Aguel