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5 Orlando Conferences Not to Be Missed in 2018

With its sunny weather and booming tourism industry, Orlando conferences are popular throughout the year. There is a great selection of conferences in Orlando coming up in 2018, so read on to find out about the biggest and best networking events for your business.

When visiting Orlando for business, remember to bring suitable clothing for warm weather and book a hotel within driving distance to the conference venue. Business travel to Orlando is a nice excuse to enjoy the many tourist attractions in the area, so try to book an extra few days in the city if you can. Some of the hotspots not to miss include Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld.

Education

Clute International Conference on Education

January 2 - 6, Disney's Boardwalk Inn

Clute is an annual educational professional conference in Orlando, attended by both faculty and administrators from around the U.S. The aim is to share ideas and innovations to improve teaching standards. Delegates can also join the simultaneous Academic Conference on Business and the Conference on Technology in Education, taking place at the same venue. Topics covered include e-learning, international education and professional development. Register now.

Future of Education Technology Conference

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January 23 - 26, Orange County Convention Center

The schedule for FETC 2018 includes keynote speeches from New York Times best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson, and Zyrobotics founder Ayanna Howard, named one of the world's most powerful female engineers. The conference includes over 400 sessions and 150 workshops for a hands-on educational experience. Reviews of FETC 2017 described the annual Orlando conference as "fascinating," "impactful" and "valuable." Register now.

Technology

Annual National Pittcon Convention

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February 26 - March 1, Orange County Convention Center

Pittcon is an Orlando conference and expo for laboratory science, focusing on new technology and scientific research. The schedule includes educational presentations and short courses, so every attendee will leave with valuable knowledge and skills. There are also opportunities for networking in Orlando and chances to try out new technology. The event is held at the second largest convention center in the United States, with 18,000 people taking part each year. Register now.

Microsoft Ignite

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September 24 - 28, location TBA

Microsoft Ignite is a great excuse for a business trip to Orlando for anyone in the tech industry. It's chance to network and learn from your peers, and attend over 700 sessions on a range of topics focused on the future of technology and innovation. Speakers at Ignite 2017 included many of the top execs at Microsoft, such as CEO Satya Nadella, in addition to experts from companies such as Disney and LinkedIn. Register now.

Healthcare

Healthcon

April 8 -11, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Healthcon hosts over 90 educational sessions with industry experts speaking about current issues in the health industry. The schedule is announced in November, and the usual subjects include auditing, billing, coding, compliance, facility, practice management and technology. The location in Walt Disney World gives attendees the chance to combine their visit with a trip to one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. Register now.

No matter what industry you work in, there are many opportunities for professional development in Orlando, so why not make 2018 the year you make the most of them?

What conferences are you're looking forward to that we should add to our list? Share with fellow business travelers in the comments below.