The conference, first launched in 1974, has always been held either in or around Washington, D.C. For the past eight years, the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland, just outside of the District of Columbia, has been CPAC’s home. But the massive resort remains closed amid the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century.
Organizers tell Fox News that the event, which last year attracted nearly 20,000 people over its four days, will be held mostly indoors, with plenty of virtual components, at the Hyatt Regency, a 1,641-room hotel that is connected to the Orange County, Fla., convention center.
“For the first time ever, our annual CPAC meeting is moving outside of DC to Orlando, Florida,” American Conservative Union chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement.
Florida is one of roughly a dozen states without a mask mandate amid the coronavirus.