FEB 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R 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 34 FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEETINGS Value is the name of the game with family-friendly groups. Meeting planners are looking for destinations that offer the most bang for the buck and plenty of creativity. Here's what destinations and venues across the South are doing to stand out in a crowd: Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, Orlando, Florida A property that provides easy access to the many theme parks and attractions that are part of the world's most famous playground is a huge bonus for meeting goers who bring their families along. But the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, which includes 2,267 guest rooms and over 331,000 square feet of meeting space, also has a number of its own amenities, offering the best of all worlds to the "bleisure" traveler. While the meeting participant may be involved in a tournament on one of four championship Walt Disney World golf courses, the entire family can show off their putting skills at Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses, located just footsteps from the hotels. With five outdoor swimming pools and several Jacuzzis exclusive to the Swan and Dolphin hotels, families with kids can enjoy the fun of a rock grotto pool with a water slide, while those who want a quieter experience can cool off in the lap pool next to the Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa. There's also a white sand beach, a tropical playground offering seasonal live entertainment, paddle boat rentals and scheduled activities for all ages. Camp Dolphin, a fun-filled club exclusively for kids, keeps youngsters entertained, so their par- ents can relax, enjoy a quiet dinner in one of the onsite restaurants or a night out on the town. The camp offers fully supervised programs, including arts, crafts, movies, board games, video and arcade games and nightly themed activities with prizes and souvenirs. A game room, tennis courts, basketball hoops, beach and pool volleyball add to the recreational options. The Right Stuff Rutherford County, Tennessee Shana Miller, director of communi- cations marketing with the Ruther- ford County Chamber of Commerce, noted that the region offers a num- ber of accessible family attractions, such as the Discovery Center; The Earth Experience, the Middle Ten- nessee Museum of Natural History; and Cannonsburgh Village, as well as plenty of recreation attractions such as The Ascent, an indoor climb- ing center. In addition, families can enjoy more than 375 dining options. Destinations Raise The Bar on Family- Friendly Offerings The Ascent

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