MAR 2018

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M A R C H 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 51 Annual CVB Issue! Sponsored Content acksonville is a waterfront historic yet innovative meetings destination experiencing a major revitalization. It's time to take advantage of our competitive rates, endless miles of beaches, the explosion of local dining and cultural options, and some of the most unique meetings venues in all of Florida. Come discover why Expedia users ranked us as one of the 21 Super Cool U.S. Cities, Lonely Planet chose us as one of the Top 10 Best Value Destination in 2018, and why we are consistently ranked as a Top Logistics, Tech and Foodie destination. In the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, next to the St. Johns River, is where Jacksonville's meetings scene flourishes. The Prime Osborn Convention Center, a former train depot, is now a historic meetings complex offering more than 275,000 square feet of flexible space. The convention center is within a mile of four major riverfront convention hotels and their 2,000 first- class rooms. The convenient Downtown location means attendees are always near some of the best dining, shopping, and nightlife options that Jacksonville has to offer. Jacksonville's Southside and Beaches neighborhoods offer dozens of full-service, limited-service and affordable properties. The city is home to 160 hotels and 18,000 hotel rooms. For those looking for one-of-a-kind off-site venues the options are plentiful in Jax. You can have a ball at EverBank Field by holding a Super Bowl-caliber meeting or event in the stadium and its adjacent amphitheater, Daily's Place. Topgolf Jax has opened a 65,000-square- foot golf entertainment center that can be rented for large groups. The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville went through major renovations in the offseason with brand new suites. The Doro District houses Manifest Distilling, a brand-new organic distillery with meeting space. Meet at a restored ice factory at Aardwolf Brewing, have an event at the rooftop tap-room at Intuition Ale Works, or meet at a century old glass factory when you visit Engine 15's Downtown tap room. Airport and Transportation It's easy getting here! Just 15 minutes from Downtown, The Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) provides non-stop flights to more than 30 major U.S. cities with more than 100 daily arrivals and departures on all major domestic air carriers and a network of regional carriers. Driving? Jacksonville is situated at the intersection of I-10, one of the nation's most popular east-west thoroughfares, and I-95, the primary interstate highway along America's East Coast. When visitors arrive, they can use a sophisticated highway system to easily drive throughout the area. Daily railroad passenger service to and from Jacksonville is provided by Amtrak, connecting the city with all other locations in the Amtrak system. New Attractions After the workday is done, educational experiences can continue outside the meeting room. From our waterways, to our extensive parks system, our public arts and rich history, impressive sporting events, world-class dining, and relaxing beaches, your attendees can take it all in and learn a new hobby, discover a new flavor, try a new sport, and have an unforgettable visit to Jacksonville. Planner Incentives Visit Jacksonville's Sales Team is the meeting planner's best local resource for destination information, and meeting promotions like our "Cool Cash" offer. Consider Visit Jacksonville an extension of your planning team! Connect with us at n J It's Time To Meet Yourself In Jax! Monica R. Smith, CMP, CASE, CDME Vice President, Sales & Services Monica Smith, CMP, CASE, CDME is the Vice President of Sales and Services for Visit Jacksonville. Contact her for information on hosting meetings in Jacksonville and special meeting offers. (904) 421-9164 Visit Jacksonville See Ad On Page 59

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