IFMA’s World Workplace® 2021 relocates to Kissimmee, Florida, USA, this October
With ongoing uncertainties surrounding the pandemic and unforeseeable regional and corporate travel policies, IFMA’s Executive Committee, along with IFMA’s Executive, Events and Expo teams have agreed to relocate World Workplace to the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, USA.
Held Oct. 26-28, 2021, World Workplace activities and attendee accommodations will be self-contained in a single venue for the safety and convenience of all attending. Between IFMA and the Gaylord Palms Resort (a Marriott International property), more than 200 cleaning, health and safety protocols will be observed on site. As part of Marriott’s Commitment to Clean, the Gaylord Palms Resort adheres to rigorous cleaning practices. Its multipronged approach to the health and safety of guests and staff will be combined with IFMA’s on-site event protocols.
Gaylord Palms Resort is 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and a five- minute drive to the Theme Park Capital of the World, which includes Walt Disney World®. Attendees can visit with confidence, knowing that the theme parks, attractions, hotels and other businesses are working closely with medical experts to ensure a healthy travel experience.
World Workplace will resume full conference programming, including educational sessions, keynote speakers, a welcome reception, the expo, education arenas and IFMA’s Awards of Excellence presentation. This year’s conference will also offer a new schedule format that allows attendees to jumpstart their educational experience on the first day.
Those arriving early can register for a CFM® Exam Prep Review or Deeper Dive sessions on Monday, Oct. 25. The official welcome and opening keynote speaker start at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, immediately followed by a day of concurrent educational sessions. The expo hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday; and the conference concludes on Thursday, Oct. 28, following the Awards of Excellence and closing keynote speaker.
“We are eager to reconvene in person for our flagship event,” said IFMA President and COO Don Gilpin. “While we still cannot predict what level of normalcy our world will be in six months from now, we are confident in the Gaylord Palms’ ability to provide a clean and safe setting for World Workplace; and with everything we’ve learned this past year about responsible building reentry, IFMA can assure everyone who wants to attend that all necessary health and safety measures will be taken and upheld.”
Pricing and program details will be made available soon at worldworkplace.ifma.org.
About IFMA’s World Workplace
Now more than ever, coming together to exchange experiences and viewpoints on managing through crisis, anticipating and mitigating risks, developing plans for resilience and forecasting the future of the built world is of the greatest importance to the facility management (FM) industry. IFMA’s World Workplace is the original all-encompassing learning and networking event on facilities and how to manage them. It is the gold standard in FM education, knowledge exchange, career development and professional network building. Hosted by IFMA, World Workplace facilitates idea sharing and best-practice exchange between all professionals who support the built environment.