New Venue for NPE2012 is Rated Most-Visited U.S. Destination

May 31, 2011

Robert Martino
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WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., -- Orlando, Florida, the city selected as the site for NPE2012, has been rated the most-visited destination in the U.S. and is the first to host more than 50 million visitors annually, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE international plastics exposition. NPE2012 will take place April 1-5, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando.

Statistics released last week by the marketing organization Visit Orlando also indicate growth from 2006 to 2010 in the popularity of the Orlando metropolitan area as a destination for leisure and business travel.

“While SPI’s decision to move NPE2012 from the longtime NPE venue in Chicago was based primarily on substantial economic and logistical advantages for exhibitors and visitors, the new information from Visit Orlando confirms our belief that the wealth of vacation and leisure attractions in Orlando will provide an exciting added benefit for many NPE2012 participants,” said Gene Sanders, SPI senior vice president of trade shows and conferences.   

The top rating achieved by Orlando is based on domestic statistics developed by D.K. Shifflet & Associates, Ltd., a travel research firm, and on international travel data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The total number of visitors to Orlando in 2010 amounted to 51.4 million, reflecting an increase of 10.5% over the previous year. The share accounted for by business travel (including trade shows and meetings) increased by 2% to 9.5 million. International travel, totaling 3.7 million visitors, was up by 12.6%.

Orlando has responded to this growth by adding 3,648 hotel rooms since 2008, bringing the total to 115,119 rooms, according to Visit Orlando.

The complete announcement by Visit Orlando is available at this link. Also available online is information on Orlando attractions and on the OCCC.


The NPE2012 international plastics exposition will take place Sunday through Thursday, April 1-5, 2012, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The NPE2012 educational program will begin on Sunday. Monday will be the first day of the four-day trade show. NPE is produced by the SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. Visit  

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and

"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."

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