The Vision Council and RX, co-owners of Vision Expo, announced today that Vision Expo East 2025 will take place in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) February 19–22, 2025. Vision Expo East’s final show in New York, celebrating and commemorating nearly 40 years of achievement and growth within the optical industry, will occur March 14–17, 2024 and kick off Vision Expo’s dynamic next chapter.
Vision Expo East will debut in Orlando in 2025 with a re-imagined show experience and abundant opportunities for exhibitors to engage with attendees in a more centralized environment. In addition to offering attendees a multi-year, preferred date pattern of Thursday–Saturday, the show venue, hotels, meeting spaces and special events will all be located within a walkable area, ensuring a better connected and community-like experience.
“We’re confident that hosting Vision Expo in Orlando will position our customers for greater success and we’re incredibly excited to deliver a brand new, elevated and connected experience there,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President, Vision Expo, at RX, co-organizer of Vision Expo. “This new chapter for Vision Expo East comes with a side of nostalgia for the incredible history and opportunity that came with our nearly four decades in New York City. We are so grateful for the hospitality of New York and the Javits Center to grow our event.”
As a popular destination for conferences, Orlando is well-equipped to facilitate Vision Expo’s unique trade show logistics, ensuring a seamless transition for exhibitors and show attendees. Located only 11 miles from the OCCC, Orlando International Airport (MCO) currently provides over 500 flights a day and nonstop service from approximately 150 cities around the world, making travel to and from the show easy. Show organizers also anticipate that attendees will take advantage of the world-class vacation and hospitality experiences in the area, enjoying the warmer weather and extending their trips to accommodate family and leisure travel.
At its core, hosting Vision Expo East in Orlando is in complete alignment with furthering customer wants and needs and is the result of extensive consideration and feedback from various stakeholder groups including The Vision Council Board of Directors and the Vision Expo Show Planning Committee. As the eyecare and eyewear industry continues to evolve, The Vision Council and RX are committed to pursuing new opportunities, ensuring that Vision Expo can provide the vision care community with world-class exhibition and educational experiences for years to come.
“We had the opportunity to make a change that aligns with the future of this industry, and we strongly believe that hosting Vision Expo East in Orlando will attract our existing loyal audience as well as expand audiences from the robust Southeast and international markets, re-engage legacy partners, and ultimately support growth for everyone involved,” said Mitch Barkley, Vice President, Trade Shows, The Vision Council.
The Vision Expo sales team will be in touch with members/customers alike in the coming weeks to share more information about space selection and additional benefits of this exciting move.
Vision Expo East 2024 will take place at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City from March 14–17, 2024. Details on registration and programming highlights will be released in the coming months.
Vision Expo West 2024 will take place at the Venetian Convention Center & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 18–21, 2024.
Vision Expo East 2025 will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from February 19–22, 2025.