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APR 2018

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A P R I L 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 43 F L O R I D A At Universal Orlando, the recently opened Loews Sapphire Falls offers 1,000 guest rooms and 114,000 square feet of indoor meeting space with an additional 16,000 square feet outdoors. The hotel connects by a skybridge to meeting space at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, which has 949 guest rooms. Combined, the two hotels have 247,000 square feet of event space. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Univer- sal Orlando has 750 guest rooms and 42,000 square feet of indoor space, plus an additional 47,000 square feet of outdoor space. Caribe Royale All-Suites Hotel and Con- vention Center in Orlando has 1,335 suites and 150,000 square feet of flexible event and meet- ing space. The resort offers a host of amenities, including lighted tennis and basketball courts, catch-and-release fishing, running trails, bike rentals and a boutique spa (For more informa- tion, see breakout spotlight on page 42.) The 1,004-room DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld offers 1,020 guest rooms and more than 100,000 square feet of function space. (See breakout spotlight on page 45.) The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has 768 guest rooms and 65,000 square feet of event space. Rosen Shingle Creek has 1,501 guest rooms and 490,000 square feet of indoor event space, plus an additional 40,000 square feet of out- door venues and the award-winning Shingle Creek Golf Club recently redesigned by the Arnold Palmer Design Company. Rosen Centre has 1,334 guest rooms and 150,000 square feet of meeting space and features Harry's Pool- side Bar & Grill, while Rosen Plaza has 800 guest rooms and 60,000 square feet of event space. Both Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza are connected to the Orange County Convention Center via skywalk. The second largest convention center in the U.S., the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) has more than 7 million square feet of function space in two buildings. The North/ South Building features a 22-acre exhibition hall, 25 meeting rooms and 94 breakout rooms. The West Building has 1.1 million square feet of exhibition space, 49 meeting rooms and 138 breakouts. A recently opened pedestrian bridge (the fifth to connect the OCCC to surrounding hotels) connects the West Building to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which has 1,640 guest rooms and more than 315,000 square feet of function space. Orlando International Airport is constructing a new $2.1 billion South Terminal, scheduled to open in phases beginning in 2020. The new terminal is part of a $3.5 billion expansion to include a new train station that will service the SunRail commuter train system and Brightline, a new express train that will be adding service from Orlando to Miami and Fort Lauderdale in the near future. Additional Orlando Venues • Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney ➤

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