NBAA convention will now be held in Orlando

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Flight International online news 10:00GMT: The National Business Aviation Association’s annual convention will now be held at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center and nearby Orlando Executive Airport in Orlando, Florida.

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The Convention will now take place from Wednesday 9 November 9 to Friday 11 November 11 -  a week earlier than originally planned.

The announcement comes after the NBAA was forced to move the event from New Orleans because of the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.

The Association says the North/South Orlando Convention Center will be able to accommodate more than 5,000 booth spaces while Orlando Executive Airport will have a static aircraft display capability in excess of 150 airplanes.

The NBAA says it  has also secured a strong hotel package including nearly all of the major hotels in the Orlando area and has expressed confidence that it will be able to meet the significant logistical hurdles and other challenges involved in relocating the Convention on such short notice.

The NBAA also says it will donate a portion of the proceeds from this year’s convention to a charity in New Orleans.

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