James Taylor is a world-leading author, entrepreneur and expert in creativity, innovation and marketing, who travels the world, from Orlando to Singapore, to deliver highly insightful and content-rich keynote presentations to a large diversity of audiences from different professional backgrounds. He was awarded an MBA in international business and is currently a member of the Royal Society of Arts, a renowned institution whose past fellows included important figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Nelson Mandela.
From the United States to Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Taylor provides assistance to individuals and companies aiming to increase their productivity and creativity. In the past 20 years, he coached a large number of entrepreneurs, educators, writers, corporate leaders and music artists, and also offered invaluable advice to multi-national companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Apple, Sony, Yamaha and Bertelsmann on how to maximize, market and monetize their creativity and how to adapt to change. Due to his amazing talent as an entrepreneur, global speaker, and writer, Taylor gained a high level of visibility in a large number of media outlets, and was also the subject of a 30 minutes BBC documentary. Moreover, he is the recipient of the Modern ONTRApreneur and the S.D. Southern Awards.
Orlando has many excellent conference centers and facilities, including:
Florida Hotel & Conference Center, on Sand Lake Rd.
Orange County Convention Center, on International Dr.
Soiree Event & Conference Center, on Silver Star Rd.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando Convention Center, on Universal Blvd.
Rosen Centre Hotel, on International Dr.
Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center, on International Dr.
General Information about Orlando for Meeting Planners and Event Professionals
Orlando is a city in the state of Florida and the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which has a population of 2,387,138 inhabitants. Orlando, home to over a dozen theme parks, is known as the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World,’ and attracts over 68 million tourists each year. Some of its most famous parks include the Walt Disney World, comprising parks such as Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and various water parks, and Universal Orlando, comprising Universal Studios, the Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Orlando is also an important industrial and hi-tech centre, famous for its innovation in digital media, aviation, software design and agricultural technology. Over 150 multi-national companies have facilities in the Orlando metropolitan area, including Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Siemens, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Veritas/Symantec, Harris, KDF and the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. The city is also famous for its film, television and electronic gaming industries, represented by Universal Studios, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Full Sail University, the UCF College of Arts and Humanities, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy and many other entertainment companies and schools. Additionally, numerous music recording studios and producers are located in Orlando.
The City as a Conference Destination
Orlando is an important centre for a large number of international conferences and conventions, including: the Clute International Conference on Education, attended by a large number of faculty members and administrators from all the country to discuss issues such as international education, e-learning or professional development; the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), the world’s largest modeling and simulation conference; the Annual National Pittcon Convention, focused on new technologies and research in laboratory science; Microsoft Ignite, offering over 700 sessions on the future of technology and innovation; and Healthcon, with more than 90 educational sessions about current issues in the health industry.
Orlando Food Options for Conference Delegates
While attending a business conference in Orlando, Florida, there are many local restaurants you should experience. Some of the most famous restaurants serving American food include the K Restaurant (+1 407-872-2332), the Chatham’s Place Restaurant (+1 407-345-2992), the Kres Chophouse (+1 407-447-7950), the Palm Orlando (+1 407-503-7256), and Jack’s Place (+1 407-996-1787). If you are interested in foreign cuisines, you should not miss Maggiano’s Little Italy (+1 407-241-8650), an extraordinary Italian restaurant, and the Border Grill Fresh-Mex (+1 407-352-0101), offering a large variety of Mexican dishes. Moreover, at the Dandelion Communitea Cafe (+1 407-362-1864) you can sample numerous healthy vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Orlando Attractions for Convention Attendees
There are a number of highly rated tourist attractions to visit after your business conference in Orlando, Florida. The Universal Studios, part of the wider Universal Orlando complex, draws large crowds due to its highly entertaining Hollywood-inspired attractions and rides. The SeaWorld Orlando is a great place to visit for families, offering a large number of aquatic themed rides, shows, and hands-on animal experiences. Another important attraction is the Kennedy Space Center, located around 45 minutes distance from central Orlando, where you can see the original Apollo Saturn V rocket and the Atlantis Space Shuttle, you can take a trip in a flight simulator or you can have lunch with veteran astronauts.