Orlando hosts a ton of convention space! Not only is the Orange County Convention Center one of the most popular and successful convention centers in the nation, but we have over a dozen other large resort hotels in the area that host lots of convention space as well. In my experience, these provide primo opportunity to catch cheating spouses and prove existing relationships among co-workers.
I actually love work these convention cases. The first time I worked a cheating spouse convention case, I found it quite exhilarating. It posed more challenges than I’d previously experienced on insurance and domestic surveillance. Me and my fellow investigator easily logged several miles running all over the convention center (my FitBit was happy!), and I really had think on my feet and make split-second decision, like hopping on shuttles, slipping into parties, following people to hotel room and suite parties, and all the efforts eventually paid off when we got the money shot of the subject heavy petting and making out with a co-worker at the lobby hotel bar. It was about 6 years ago, and at the time the footage was kind of grainy, but enough for the client to see what they needed. Boy I wish I could work that one again with all the great new low-light and night vision capable covert cameras I use these days!
After that first case, I realized that advanced information and intimate familiarity of the Orange County Convention Center, its surrounding hotels, as well as other large resort hotels that host their own convention space, are vital to a successful convention infidelity investigation, as well as any surveillance at one of Orlando’s major hotels. It was then I began my year-long personal project of prepping myself for convention cases. Every Monday (I like the Sunday-Monday weekend), myself and a colleague would visit a different large hotel, survey the setup, and do a general case study to both become familiar with the hotels for future cases as well as determine number of floors, elevator accessibility, number and location of exits, ideal areas to park, covert or hidden camera option around hotel rooms, and so much more. Perhaps it was a carryover from my days in the Marine Corps Signals Intelligence community, but I just really prefer to go out on case with as few surprises as possible, because believe me, each case will have enough of those as it is!
It was well worth the time and money to do this. Just starting from the Orange County Convention Center itself, you have the Hyatt Regency, Hilton Orlando, and Rosen Centre, all with either direct catwalks or short walking paths going directly to the convention center, and each one has their own hotel convention space, for smaller conventions. So we checked out each of those and ran through each scenario we’d seen before or could likely expect to see, and I think these efforts have really paid off since, as cases have come in for those exact hotels. Now when a client calls, I can give them an extremely accurate quote, without wildly ball-parking expected costs, and give them an honest assessment of what they can expect spend, and where we’re most likely to get the best results, and they seem to really appreciate it.
Now let’s take a moment to talk about the nature of convention cases, and why if your spouse or partner is coming to a convention in Orlando, and you suspect they may be unfaithful, why TMS Investigations ranks atop the most prepared and qualified private investigation agencies in Orlando to hire for this type of case.
Conventions are alluring! I go to PI conventions myself. I get it. It’s like a mini-vacation with a group of people who actually want to hear work stories, gripes, and anecdotes that they can relate to with others in the profession. Convention-goers always seem to be in a good mood. Smiles abound. Especially those down here from northern states during winter months. Few work and office functions can compete with getting paid to go stay in a 5-star Orlando resort hotel, schmooze with clients, party with co-workers, attend concerts, and enjoy catered dinners–it’s unreal. It’s also hook-up city! Vacation mentality sets in (think when the cat’s away, different area codes. etc), and people seem to give themselves a pass for their usual standards of behavior. “Hey, it’s vacation! What happens here stays here.” That mood and viewpoint is quite pervasive in this type of environment. Just ask any of the hotel bartenders, who I make a point to befriend on almost any case! I think I have stories, man, they’ve seen some stuff!
If someone is having an emotional affair with a co-worker, and jokes about having an “office wife,” conventions are often where they cross that line from an emotional to a physical affair. And it makes sense, they’re away from the stresses of home life, staying in a nice hotel, attending parties with dancing, booze, and people having a good time. They get caught up in it. It’s understandable. I have even seen several times where someone uses a convention as a little vacation with someone they’ve been seeing on the side, who isn’t even a co-worker or in the same industry. They’ll fly down (either together, often separately,) stay with their new lover in the hotel a few days, and meet up with them after the classes and convention functions. There is plenty to do in Orlando to keep one occupied during the day here. But, I can’t stress enough in these instances to at least provide some PI coverage during the day, because people often blow off the convention to spend a romantic day at the theme parks or some other tourist location, and then the PI is sitting in the hotel lobby after the convention ends for the day, twiddling their thumbs, wondering where they are, until 9pm when they finally return to the hotel wearing mouse ears or carrying beach bags, and you realize you missed out on great opportunity to get some really great evidence for your client.
In closing, Orlando is family vacation town, so it’s pretty rare private investigators get hired for most of our tourists, outside of custody situations. But we are also a very popular convention town, and this is where infidelity rears its ugly head most in our region. So if you suspect your spouse of cheating, and they are coming to a convention in Orlando, I believe this a key time to hire a private investigator to confirm your suspicions, and for these cases, we’re the best in the biz!