APR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 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 46 F L O R I D A Lakeland/ Polk County Central Florida's Polk County is located be- tween Orlando and Tampa, allowing an easy drive to Central Florida attractions and the Gulf and Atlantic beaches. The area contains some of Florida's newest attractions, including LEGOLAND Florida Resort, which opened in April 2017 and recently launched North Amer- ica's first Virtual Reality Roller Coaster. Along with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, the resort includes the 166-room LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Additionally, Safari Wilderness, a 260-acre multi-habitat preserve, has more than 400 species of animals and was recently named one of the 10 Best Safaris in the U.S. by Fodor's Travel. According to Visit Central Florida, the area offers more than 900,000 square feet of event space and 6,600 hotel rooms. Meeting facilities include the RFP Funding Center, which hosts a variety of sports and en- tertainment events and has 100,000 square feet of event space, the 10,000-seat Jenkins Arena and the 2,300-seat Youkey Theatre. Rocking H Ranch is a 100-acre residence that blends classic Western flair with modern touches. The Barn has 4,800 square feet of seating and the Veranda offers 2,400 square feet of space. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is a 1,700-acre dude ranch with 10,000 square feet of event space and accommodations for 150 guests. Streamsong Resort features 216 guest rooms and 22,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, rooftop pavilion and 35 holes of golf. The property's Clubhouse offers 12 guest rooms and 4,500 square feet of meeting space. In Polk City, Fantasy of Flight offers full- service meeting and events capabilities in 62,000 square feet of indoor space. The attrac- tions houses the world's largest collection of vintage aircraft. Tampa Bay In March, Tampa Bay's tourism industry Terry The perfect meeting has a name. 1,335 Suites + 150,000 Sq Ft Meeting Space + 5 Restaurants + 1 Terry ph: 407-238-8100 | we're all yours Terry, Assistant Banquet Manager, takes care of everything, from setting up your meeting room to ensuring that the coffee is plentiful and hot. He handles the details. You handle the accolades. See how we help you get a standing ovation by visiting Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of nearby theme parks and busy highways, this 28-acre resort offers a relaxing oasis, with lush, tropical landscaping, fountains, pools and winding walk- ways. Some of the best vistas of the property can be seen from the Harbor Terrace, a new outdoor special event space that can accommodate 120 people, on the second floor of the Tower Confer- ence Center. n ➤ SITE VISIT HIGHLIGHT: A RELAXING OASIS

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