Orlando to host largest national gathering of Latino leaders

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Morning Edition Orlando to host largest national gathering of Latino leaders Apr 23, 2015, 6:45am EDT The National Council of La Raza's annual conference and expo will come to Orlando July 23-26, 2016. Megan Ribbens Web Producer- Orlando Business Journal The largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States is bringing its annual convention to Orlando next summer. The National Council of La Raza announced April 22 it has selected Orlando as the host city for its 2016 NCLR Annual Conference and Naitonal Latino Family Expo. The conference will be held July 23-26, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center. NCLR's 2015 convention will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. Large trade shows and conventions like this not only bring more visitors to Orlando — which welcomed about 62 million visitors in 2014 — but also boosts business to nearby hotels and restaurants, adding to the region’s $50 billion tourism industry. Orlando’s Latino population also has grown by 83 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, and the city is home to the nation’s fourth fastest-growing Latino market, according to a Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) report. The conference is the nation’s largest annual gathering of leaders, advocates, elected officials, business executives and change-makers who impact the Latino community. It’s also one of the largest events in the country focused on resources and activities for the Latino family, with an average of 200 exhibitors showcasing product and services.

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