ConventionSouth

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 28 Sponsored Content Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! his summer the RP Funding Center (formerly The Lakeland Center in Lakeland, FL), a popular Central Florida venue for meetings, conventions, and professional sports begins the second phase of a $14 million renovation. The work will illustrate RP Funding Center's core mission to provide meeting planners and their guests with an improved event experience. A fresh take on wall treatments and paint schemes, with new carpeting throughout that coordinates with re-branding efforts, are just a few of the planned upgrades. A new state-of-the-art visitor welcome area provided by Visit Central Florida will allow visitors to learn more about area attractions, things to do, and places to eat. The Exhibit Hall, currently at 28,000 square feet, will be transformed with a new partition that will result in two additional 4,000-square- foot breakout rooms perfect for classroom or ballroom configurations. Lakeland/Polk County has a thriving hotel and lodging market to accommodate virtually any budget. With over 2,200 rooms within 2 miles of the RP Funding Center, the vibrant downtown district and Lakeside Village offer a variety of leisure activities for everyone. Construction will begin on the newest hotel in Lakeland this summer. The Marriott SpringHill Suites will offer approximately 130 all suite rooms, 5,000 square feet of ballroom space, and convenient access to the RP Funding Center. With an expected completion date of late 2019, event attendees will have the option of selecting onsite accommodations from the Marriott SpringHill Suites and the Hyatt Place-Lakeland. The multi-purpose entertainment complex offers 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, including the 8,000-seat Jenkins Arena and 2,300 seat Youkey Theatre. Home of the Lakeland Magic (NBA G-League), Florida Tropics (Major Arena Soccer League) and the Florida High School Basketball Championships, the arena is also a popular spot for concerts and indoor festivals. ■ Meeting In The Middle Just Got Easier… T John Oney, Director of Sales John has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality/ tourism industries. John volunteers his time serving the industry as 2nd Vice President at Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) and as a Marketing Committee member with Polk County's Tourist Development Council (Visit Central Florida). RP Funding Center (863) 834-6116 john.oney@rpfundingcenter.com www.rpfundingcenter.com $14 MILLION IN RENOVATIONS 45 YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT ONE DESTINATION MEETING IN THE MIDDLE JUST GOT BETTER Contact John Oney, Director of Sales - john.oney@rpfundingcenter.com | 863.834.6116 YOUR MEETING/EVENT DESTINATION IN CENTRAL FLORIDA W W W . R P F U N D I N G C E N T E R . C O M

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