NBAA-BACE, held last week, provided a big boost to the Central Florida economy, according to the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). The three-day show generated an estimated $51 million in economic impact and attracted more than 21,000 visitors from around the world.

Held at the Orange County Convention Center, BACE returned to Orlando for the first time since 2018, with the 2020 edition canceled due to the pandemic. The number of exhibitors this year topped 800—on par with 2018’s total. At Orlando Executive Airport (KORL)—which hosted the show’s static aircraft display for the 12th time—nearly 70 business jets, turboprops, and piston aircraft from all the leading manufacturers were on exhibit.

“Hosting the world’s largest business aviation event speaks volumes for the service and facilities offered at [KORL],” said GOAA CEO Kevin Thibault. “This show, which generates millions in economic impact, demonstrates the importance of general aviation and showcases the significant role [KORL] plays in the region.”

At this year’s show, however, NBAA senior v-p for events Chris Strong confirmed rumors that this will be BACE’s last appearance in the Sunshine State for at least the next several years. The annual event will be taking up residence in Las Vegas through 2026.

“We decided with what’s going on in Las Vegas—with the new [convention center] hall, ramp space—that we would do a trial to be in Las Vegas for the next four years,” he told AIN. “Vegas is international, it’s the global destination for a global show, and it’s also a place where high-net-worth individuals tend to be very comfortable gathering.”


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