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by Michael C. Lowe | July 20, 2011

 Fort Lauderdale will lose its largest annual convention in 2013. The Association for Research in Vision and Opthamology show, which brings in about $13 million a year to the city's coffers, now is seeking more convention space with a connecting headquarters hotel to accommodate its growing needs. The five-day show attracted 7,000 attendees during its first year in Fort Lauderdale in 1997; 12,000 delegates are expected in 2012. ARVO, which has been held at the Broward County Convention Center for 17 years, will now move to Seattle, Orlando, Denver and then back to Seattle. Fort Lauderdale had plans to build a 1,000-room convention center hotel connected to the venue, but the project currently is on hold, partly due to financing problems. The city is seeking to remedy the issue through its Fort Lauderdale Convention Center Collection, a collaboration between the Broward County Convention Center and six nearby hotels, a program that was introduced this year. To read more about the Convention Center Collection and for an update on new and future convention center hotels, go to here