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APR 2016

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A P R I L 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 41 F L O R I D A BELLEVIEW DUNNELLON McINTOSH REDDICK With centrally located and fexible spaces able to host gatherings of all sizes, you'll fnd unforgettable events are always in season in Ocala/Marion County. SAVE UP TO $1,500 when you host your next meeting or event in Ocala/Marion County! Submit an RFP or contact Sky Wheeler at Sky.Wheeler@MarionCountyFL.org or 1-888-FL-OCALA for more information. *Rules and regulations available at Planners.OcalaMarion.com If You Love Successful E ts… Then You Might Be The Marion Kind. Set on 53 acres, Caribe Royale Orlando All- Suite Hotel and Convention Center features 1,218 one-bedroom suites, 120 two-bedroom villas and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. Less than two miles from Walt Disney World, the resort completed a $3.5 million renovation in 2015 that created two new lounges, a refurbished main lobby and updated guest suites. Lakeland Located 40 minutes from airports in either Or- lando or Tampa, Lakeland has 6,500 hotel rooms and 300,000 square feet of meetings and event space. The historic downtown is home to several parks and lakes, and Florida Southern College, which has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the Southeast. The historic 1924 Terrace Hotel has 73 guest rooms and a 1,600-square-foot ballroom. The Lakeland Center is a full-service facility with multiple venues under one roof. Exhibit and meeting space includes a 2,246-seat the- ater, an arena with a floor capacity of 10,000, a 27,848-square-foot exhibit hall and Sikes Hall, which can seat up to 1,160 for banquets. Additionally, the 127-room Hyatt Place, a few minutes' walk from Lakeland Center, offers two rooms with 1,000 square feet of meeting space. There are an additional 2,500 hotel rooms within a five-mile radius. Lakeland Meetings Space: • Streamsong Golf Resort and Spa: 216 guest rooms; full-service spa; 35 holes of golf; 20,100 square feet of event space • Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo: 1,700-acre ranch; 150 guest rooms; 4,000 square feet of event space • Safari Wilderness Ranch: 13,000-square-foot multi-purpose building Port St. Lucie Port St. Lucie is located midpoint between Or- lando and Miami. The city's Civic Center has 19,000 square feet of event space with 10 meet- ing rooms and a meeting capacity of 1,400. The facility includes an art gallery, outdoor festival grounds and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The city-owned Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens in- cludes a pavilion that can accommodate up to 125 for dinners or 200 for receptions. Hotels with meeting space in Port St. Lucie include the 337-room Club Med Sandpiper Bay, with nearly 12,000 square feet of function space; the Holiday Inn Port St. Lucie, with 140 guest rooms and four meeting rooms for up to 285 peo- ple; and the Hilton Garden Inn at PGA Village, with 130 guest rooms and 1,625 square feet of meeting space. Palm Beach & West Palm Beach "This area is known as the best way to experience Florida, so it's no surprise that 17 hotels in The Palm Beaches have received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond and Four Diamond ratings," ►

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