Magazine article Momentum

2015 Convention and Expo Heads to Orlando in April for the First Time!

Magazine article Momentum

2015 Convention and Expo Heads to Orlando in April for the First Time!

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When you think of Orlando, you think of Walt Disney World, Mickey Mouse ears and palm trees. This year, NCEA will gather Catholic educators from across the globe in Orlando for its annual Convention & Expo from April 7-9, 2015. The convention will attract representatives from all sectors of Catholic and faith-based education, from elementary and secondary schools to colleges and universities; from local parish pastors, priests, and directors of parish religious education programs, to volunteers. With more than 300 professional development sessions, beautiful liturgies, and special events, NCEA 2015 is just the place for Catholic educators to share new ideas, learn about the latest trends, and connect with Catholic educators.

Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World." Its tourist attractions draw more than 51 million tourists per year, including 3.6 million international guests. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2.13 million, making it the 26th largest metro area in the United States, the sixth largest metro area in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest metro area in the state of Florida.

As one of the most visited cities in the United States, Orlando's attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World Resort, located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Orlando in Lake Buena Vista; the Universal Orlando Resort, which consists of the two parks of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure; City Walk; Sea World; Garland; and Wet n Wild Water Park. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. Not surprisingly, the city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. …

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