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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 46 F L O R I D A 405 guestrooms, lobby, meeting space, outdoor pool, entryway and porte cochere. Additionally, upscale boutique hotels and restaurants are popping up in Miami's trendy South of Fifth neighborhood, dubbed SoFi, near South Beach. Among SoFi's new or soon-to-open upscale eateries are Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Craft Café, Malibu Farm at the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach and Planthouse, offering plant-based cui- sine at the 1 Hotel South Beach. Miami's classic Turnberry Island Resort under- went a major redesign and expansion of its spa facility, resulting in the opening of the âme Spa & Wellness Collective in January. The three-floor luxury spa offers 22 treatment rooms and a yoga studio. Another upscale property, the JW Marriott Miami, offers 296 guest rooms and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space in 20 event rooms, including a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The Hilton Miami Airport, located just across a waterway from the airport and situated on a private peninsula in the heart of the Blue Lagoon business complex, offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space. The Greater Miami CVB (GMCVB) staff is also excited about the possibilities ahead as a new inter-city high-speed passenger rail service – Brightline – gets closer to finishing its first leg between Miami to West Palm Beach. Miami Vice Two new cultural/recreational offerings of par- ticular note in Miami & The Beaches include Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventures, which has a new tour available that takes in a historic lighthouse and Stiltsville, the striking collection of wood houses on stilts at the edge of Biscayne Bay. Also, Miami Culinary Tours explores Little Haiti, sampling the cuisines of Haiti, Jamaica and the Bahamas as well as Caribbean art and culture. Greater Miami's Convention Centers • James L. Knight Center: 100,000 square feet in the heart of downtown Miami, includ- ing the Miami Convention Center and Miami Conference Center; three exhibit halls that total 28,000 square feet; 37 meeting rooms equaling 72,000 square feet; connected to the Hyatt Regency Miami offering 612 guest rooms and an additional 23,000 square feet of meeting space • Miami Airport Convention Center: 172,000 square-foot facility; four ballrooms; 60 individual function rooms; dedicated conference center; adjoining newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and adjacent to Miami International Airport • Hilton Miami Airport: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 22 meeting rooms; 508 guest rooms • Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Exec- utive Meeting Center: 17,000 square feet of recently renovated meeting space; only IACC-member hotel in South Florida; 405 guest rooms Under major redevelopment – Booking for late 2018 and beyond: • Miami Beach Convention Center: Exhibit halls total 500,000 square feet; new mul- tipurpose ballroom of 60,000 square feet; 81 breakout rooms of 190,000 square feet; scheduled for completion in late 2018 and, if approved, a hotel in 2019 (For more informa- tion, see Breakout Spotlight on page 50.) Under construction – Completion of first phase expected by late 2018: • Miami Worldcenter: 600,000-square-foot facility; 390,000 square feet of meeting space;100,000-square-foot exhibit hall; two ballrooms: 65,000 and 45,000 square feet; 1,500-seat lecture hall; 1,800-room Marriott Marquis World Convention Center Hotel; retail and residential space Florida Keys & Key West "The Florida Keys and Key West offer an experi- ence that's a world away from a typical meeting A multi-purpose entertainment complex fea- turing the 10,000-seat Jenkins Arena, 2,300- seat Youkey Theatre and 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, the Lakeland Center began a $14-million-dollar renovation this spring. According to Director of Sales John Oney, the project will focus on the con- solidation of its two convention halls, Sikes Hall and Exhibit Hall, into 50,000 square feet of continuous exhibition space. In addition, the number of break-out and meeting rooms will increase by more than 50 percent, along with additional upgrades including; carpeting, light- ing and increased pre-function space. "The Lakeland Center hosts a wide variety of events ranging from nationally renowned artists, family shows, athletic events, trade shows, conventions, weddings and ride and drives," said Oney. "Situated in sunny central Florida and conveniently located minutes between Orlando and Tampa in Lakeland, Florida, The Lakeland Center is a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida and is a key destination stop for all types of events and their attendees." Jacqueline L. Johnson, senior vice president of the Lakeland Convention & Visitor Bureau and Lakeland Chamber of Commerce, said "The Lakeland Center staff is readily available and great to work with as a team! They are dedicated to making your event special with superb planning, support and execution! That very personal service is the key to why their business keeps returning!" n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : The Lakeland Center Contact: www.thelakelandcenter.com