JUL 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 16 WINTER EVENT HOT SPOTS As the Theme Park Capital of the World, the Orlando area is a fun place to gather at any time of year, with many outdoor option. Hot Winter Activities: • Take an airboat ride to get an up-close look at native wildlife and dazzling views as you glide across tranquil wetlands. • Hike or bike through a nature park or preserve, such as The Nature Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve. • Go horseback riding, have a zipline adventure or set up a golf tour- nament; there are 150 courses in the Orlando area. The Florida Hotel & Conference Center - Located at the Florida Mall, Orlando's largest shopping center, and close to the Orlando Airport, this property is extremely convenient for business meetings, but also offers a large outdoor pool and several event spots for groups. DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld - With 28 acres of tropical landscaping, this resort is located in the heart of Orlando's theme park district but has pools, fountains and large outdoor event spaces that create a relaxing oasis. Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek - Surrounded by the both tranquil meanderings of Bonnet Creek, and the excitement of the Walt Disney World® Resort, this hotel features an expansive pool deck that offers a relaxing, tropical setting for informal gatherings, network- ing events, or cocktail parties. Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive - Next door to ICON Orlando, a giant Ferris wheel, and just steps from world-famous attrac- tions, exciting dining and fabulous shopping, this resort has large pools, expansive tropical grounds with a number of outdoor event sites. HOT SPOT: Orlando, Florida Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center Offering a large outdoor pool with a waterslide, a private pool for guests who stay in the resort villas, a 1.5-mile biking and running trail, lighted tennis and basketball courts and Calypso's Pool bar & Grille, this large conference center property has many options for getting groups outside to enjoy the Florida sun. HOTTEST of the HOT Volcano Bay at Universal This vibrant coastal community, located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, is known for its seafood, boardwalk and recreational areas. Hot Winter Activities: • Explore nature. Along with At- lantic Ocean beaches, there are 120 miles of inland waterways and 4,000 acres of city and state parks and refuges. • Set up some tournaments. The area has 198 holes of golf and world-class tennis facilities. • Charter a boat and head out to deep sea fish in the famous Norfolk Canyon. The Founders Inn & Spa - A luxury resort with an outdoor pool with zero-degree entry, this property is located near shopping, golf, and the beach and features a Colonial garden and other outdoor space for receptions and special events. Oceanaire Resort Hotel - This property takes advantage of its ocean- front location with all sorts of fun outdoor amenities, including the Ocean Beach Club, three pools, a 10th floor lounge and sundeck and Tortuga's Café and Tiki bar. HOT SPOT: Virginia Beach, Virginia The Cavalier Situated along the coast, this recently reopened historic treasure com- bines traditional and contemporary aspects. For onsite outdoor activity, there's the infinity pool at the new Cavalier Beach Club. Outdoor meet- ing spots include terrace, porch and gardens spots overlooking the ocean. HOTTEST of the HOT

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