APR 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 42 F L O R I D A hotels offering 16,000 guest rooms in every- thing from luxury resorts and upscale chains to boutique hotels and beach rentals. Exceptional eateries, great shopping and exciting nightlife are easy to come by here. And Palm Beach County is also Florida's Golf Capital and the spring training home to four Major League Baseball teams. The Palm Beach County Convention Center in downtown West Palm Beach anchors the Down- town Convention District with more than 1,000 hotel rooms in its midst. The convention center boasts 350,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall. It's easily accessed by an enclosed walkway to the new 400-room Hilton West Palm Beach, with 24,000 square feet of event space of its own in two ballrooms and six meeting rooms. The new Hilton opened last year and offers a restaurant, an outdoor terrace and an outdoor pool. The Brazilian Court Hotel, an 80-room elegant iconic Palm Beach property with Spanish Colo- nial architecture, offers a small ballroom and a conservatory of more than 700 square feet. The region is accessible by air through the Palm Beach International Airport, served by 15 airlines. Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County The folks at the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB are excited about the ongoing expansion and renovation at the airport. The Fort Lauder- dale-Hollywood International Airport opened a new concourse with five new gates and new con- cession areas as part of the first phase of a $450 million expansion and modernization project. Another new concourse should be finished soon and another next year. New domestic air service starting this year includes additional flights from several major cities. Meanwhile, Broward County's hotel scene, already with more than 13,000 sleeping rooms, keeps blossoming. A number of hotels have either undergone recent refreshing and renovation, are newly opened or are due to open this year and in the next two years. The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa, with 620 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space in 34 meeting rooms, was recently renovated. In addi- tion to the large lagoon pool area, the resort offers facilities for beach volleyball, sailboat and jet-ski rentals, cabana rentals and a beach bar. There are also tennis courts, a basketball court and a 22,000-square-foot spa. In other hotel news: The Ikona Hotel opened following a multi-million-dollar renovation of a historic building. It has 24 deluxe rooms, as well as apartment suites and penthouses overlooking a private pool and courtyard garden. Indoor and outdoor event space includes a second-level balcony overlooking the ocean. A new $21 million, 142-room Wyndham Garden Hotel in Dania Beach is expected to open in late 2017. Opening this spring is the eight-story, 150- room, maritime-themed Tryp by Wyndham Maritime Hotel. It will offer 5,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop bar and lounge, and 11 aquariums. Coming later this year, The Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach will have 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, indoor and outdoor restaurants, a pool with cabanas, and a spa and fitness center. Also later this year, the Meliá Costa Holly- wood is expected to open on Hollywood Board- walk on the beach. The property will have 307 new condo-hotel rooms in a range of sizes. A $30 million renovation and conversion is underway at The Le Méridien Dania Beach at Fort Lauderdale Airport, formerly Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port Hotel. It will feature 245 guest rooms, 20,000 square feet of state-of-the-art fl exible meeting ► The largest all-suite convention hotel in Florida, Caribe Royale in Orlando has 1,335 suites and 150,000 square feet of flexible event and meeting space. The resort offers a host of amenities, including lighted tennis and basketball courts, running and bike trails, bike rentals, two restaurants, two lounges, a boutique spa and the new Calypso's Pool Bar and Grille, which features a "Floribbean" menu, craft cocktails and al fresco dining. The addition of Calypso's Pool Bar and Grille completes an $8 million refurbishment of the hotel's restaurants and public areas, in- cluding the complete renovation of the prop- erty's main reception building. The bedding, hallway carpets and wall coverings in each of the three primary guest suite towers were also updated. Gerald Urquiola, the hotel's general man- ager, said more upgrades are on the way. "We are by no means finished with our continued commitment to update and improve our beautiful facility," he said. "This fall, we will begin a full renovation of our Grand Carib- bean Convention Center." Caribe Royale celebrated its 20th anniver- sary in October 2016; many employees have been on staff since the resort opened. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Caribe Royale, Orlando Contact: Calypso's Pool Bar and Grille

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