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 38 FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEETINGS Meliá Hotels International, Orlando, Florida Meliá Hotels International portfolio, which includes a number high-end family friendly properties in the Caribbean, such as Meliá Nassau Beach in the Bahamas, recently added the Meliá Orlando Hotel at Celebration. Just minutes away from Walt Disney World ® Resort theme parks, the property is the perfect destination for a family getaway, according to General Manager Duane Winjum. Having formerly operated as the Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, which was originally developed as a condominium resort, the Meliá Orlando features 240 rooms one- and two-bedroom suites complete with luxury amenities including private balconies and full kitchens with stainless steel appliances. There are also two restaurants on property, as well as preferred access to nearby golf courses. For adults looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation, there is a spa and health club conveniently located nearby in the center of Celebration Village. The hotel offers guests bicycles, as well as golf cart and van shuttles, to and from downtown Celebration and theme parks. Oglebay Resort & Conference Center, Wheeling, West Virginia Read through the testimonials of those who have gathered at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center and you will see the term "family-friendly" sprin- kled throughout their favorable reviews. With its variety of accommodations, ranging from guest rooms in the lodge to several sizes of cottages, the resort offers many options for extended families as well as individuals and couples. Additionally, the onsite cultural and recreational offerings at the 1,700-acre property are extensive. Emphasizing the importance of wildlife conservation, the Good Zoo features endangered species and has several special exhibits. Families can take to the resort's slopes in winter for skiing, snowboarding and tubing or enjoy golf, tennis, swimming, fishing, pedal boating and other outdoor recreation during warmer months. There are also two museums and an environmental center on the property, as well as several gardens, an arboretum and outdoor theater Special on-property events during the year in- clude family-friendly ghost stories, glassworking demonstrations and workshops and "play with the animals" at Good Zoo. Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort Pool at Meliá Orlando Hotel

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