Registered attendees can reserve rooms at special low rates for NPE2015, and if you haven’t registered yet (one more to-do item to check off), you can do so at
www.npe.org. Just click on the “Register to Attend” button.
Organized by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, NPE is a triennial international plastics exposition to be held March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center. This will be the second iteration of the show in Orlando after it executed a successful and well-received move from Chicago in 2012.
SPI believes NPE2015 will be the largest plastics industry event in 2015, with the trade show portion to include 2,000 exhibitors spread out over more than 1 million-ft2 (93,000 m2) of exhibit space.
Why should you book your room now? SPI is expecting the show to attract more than 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries. Plastics professionals will come not only for the exposition, but also several co-located events, including the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC 2015 technical conference; SPI’s Business of Plastics conference; a Spanish-language seminar; the new NPE3D exhibition and conference about 3D printing; the Zero Waste Zone; and other special programs.
Orlando’s hotels boast an inventory exceeding 115,000 rooms, which sounds like and is a lot, but those hotels are also experiencing higher and higher booking rates. According to Visit Orlando’s Metro Orlando Annual Lodging Industry Results, hotels located on International Drive, where many of the Orange County Convention Center hotels are located, occupancy rates in 2013 were up 1.4% over 2012, to 71.6%.
That compares to 62.3% for the U.S. and 67.0% for all of Florida. Convention and business occupancy rates rose 2.0% in 2013, from 70.2% to 71.6%. The average daily rate for International Drive rose by 2.6% in 2013, from $109.03 to $111.84. That’s a smaller increase than the national rate, which rose 3.9% to $110.35 and the rate for all of Florida, which jumped 4.6% to $118.46.
Orlando had 59 million visitors in 2013, setting an all-time record for U.S. destinations, according to Visit Orlando. The record-breaking year reflected a 3% increase over the previous high water mark set in 2012. Orlando International Airport’s passenger traffic, however, was essentially flat in 2013, slipping 1.0 percent from 2012 levels to 34.9 million.
In 2012, when NPE first moved to Orlando, Orange County Convention Center Convention and Tradeshow attendance jumped 8.7% to 1.316 million. It dropped by 5.5% in 2013 to 1.244 million, but through the start of 2014, was tracking 4.9% higher and will no doubt get a nice NPE bump once again in 2015.
Book through the NPE2015 housing office
By booking your room through the NPE2015 Housing Office (Expovision), SPI notes that attendees will receive the following benefits:
- The guaranteed lowest rates for the dates of the show—negotiated exclusively for show attendees and exhibitors
- Automatic adjustment if rates drop after you make your reservation
- Complimentary shuttle service between your hotel and the Orange County Convention Center
SPI notes that attendees should know all reservations require a deposit equal to the first night’s rate plus tax. Shuttle buses will run between NPE2015 designated hotels and the Orange County Convention Center on Monday, March 23 – Thursday, March 26 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. On Friday, March 27, the shuttles will run from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30pm.
SPI is warning potential show goers to “be wary” when they book lodging, noting that hotel room scams are on the rise in Orlando. Per SPI:
Visit Orlando has reported hundreds of complaints from tradeshow managers regarding exhibitors and attendees who booked rooms through a “3rd party room broker” and ended up at sold out hotels with no reservations and no recourse for the payment of rooms. The Official NPE2015 Housing Office (EXPOVISION) requires only a one night room plus tax deposit without any contracts to secure hotel room reservations.