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 44 F L O R I D A space and two redesigned restaurants. Several additional properties are due to open in 2018, including a new dual-branded Starwood Hotel in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The 24- story, 323-room property will have a 210-room The Dalmar, a Starwood brand, and a 114-room The Element by Westin. Its features will include 12,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop bar, a pool deck and a secret garden. Coming in 2019 are an Aloft Fort Lauderdale with 1,500 square feet of meeting space and a new 23-story, 150-room Four Seasons with 95 residences, a ballroom and meeting facilities, two restaurants, a spa and fitness center. And the Sem- inole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is adding a nearly $2 billion, guitar-shaped, 800- room hotel tower adding to its existing 500 guest rooms, 50,000 square feet of function space, and new dining and entertainment venues to be com- pleted by late 2019. The recently refreshed and renovated proper- ties in Broward County include the $100 million transformation of The Diplomat Beach Resort, which has 200,000 square feet of meeting space, 998 guest rooms, a beachside infinity pool that features two cascading waterfalls falling into a 240-foot lagoon pool, and now offers 10 new culinary experiences provided by celebrity chefs. W Fort Lauderdale's recently completed a $55 million renovation of its 517 guest rooms, lobby, terrace, infinity pools and public spaces. The property has a new 4,000-square-foot ballroom planned for this fall, along with a new restaurant with sidewalk dining. The 484-room B Ocean resort also underwent renovation. The property features 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, one major restaurant, four other food and beverage operations, and two outdoor infinity pools. Broward County's primary properties also in- clude the 385-room Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six on 22 acres, offering 25,000 square feet of meet- ing space, five restaurants, three heated pools and four lounges; the 589-room Hilton Fort Lau- derdale Marina, featuring 21,000 square feet of meeting space and located across the street from the Broward County Convention Center; the 374- room Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, with 10,000 square feet of function space and several restaurants; the 240-room Sonesta Fort Lauder- dale Beach, with 8,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 230-room Hollywood Beach Marriott, on Hollywood Beach's Boardwalk, with 7,000 square feet of function space. Additional Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Meeting Spaces • Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center: 600,000-square-foot facility; 200,000 square feet in four exhibit halls; 52,000 square feet in two ballrooms; 31 meeting rooms • Pelican Grand Beach Resort: boutique property with 156 guest rooms and several beachfront venues for meetings of up to 100 participants • BB&T Center: event space for up to 500 people in three venues; 12 function and meet- ing areas; three eateries; 21,000-seat arena; home to the Florida Panthers NHL team • Hard Rock Live: 5,500-seat indoor arena; 40,000 square feet of meeting space; 32 meeting room configurations; live entertain- ment venue • Gulfstream Park: 30,000 square feet of indoor event space; 44,000 square feet of out- door space; thoroughbred racing and casino gaming; performing arts entertainment; more than 20 restaurants • Kravis Center for the Performing Arts: 2,200-seat theater; two theater spaces can accommodate 2,350; 10,000-square-foot Weiner Banquet Center; Gimelstob Ballroom with 700-person capacity • Broward Center for Performing Arts: 3,000-plus seats in two theaters; about 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space Miami & The Beaches Greater Miami has two major convention centers, two more major facilities due to be completed by late 2018 and the only IACC-certified hotel conference center in South Florida. The city also offers more than 50,000 hotel rooms, including 15 properties that opened last year, with eight to open this year, several scheduled for major reno- vations and four new hotels scheduled for 2018. On the hotel front, an expansive $10 million renovation of the IACC-certified Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center included major enhancements to its ► Located in Kissimmee, just 3.5 miles from the entrance to the Walt Disney World ® Resort and a 20-minute drive from Orlando International Airport, Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South offers 40,000 square feet of function space. Catering and A/V services are available for the property's 15,000-square-foot Palms Ballroom and 5,000-square-foot Magnolia Ballroom. Additionally, 15 breakout rooms are great spots for training seminars while 10 boardrooms offer space for business meetings. Each of the property's 300 suites features a private bedroom, separate living area with a sofa bed, microwave, refrigerator, two flat- screen televisions and in-room safe. On-site dining options the casual American bis- tro-style restaurant, Kyng's Grille, the lobby lounge, The Oasis, and The Marketplace, for sundry items. A fitness center, outdoor pool and whirl- pool are among the recreational amenities on-site. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Embassy Suites Orlando–Lake Buena Vista South Contact: www.orlandolakebuena

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