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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 45 F L O R I D A page 44.) In late 2017, Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate completed a multi-year $40 million expansion that added 100,000 square feet of expanded conference center space and event lawn, bringing its total meeting space to 248,000 square feet. In addition, the resort added the 93-room Sunset Lodge and Suites building, an additional 23,000 square feet of pool deck and the Orlando area's only resort wave pool. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center has 1,406 guest rooms and suites, nine restau- rants, a full-service-spa and 65 event rooms in more than 400,000 square feet of event space, including three ballrooms. At 178,500 square feet, the resort's Florida Exhibition Hall is the largest in-hotel exhibition hall in the state. The Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace in Disney Springs offers 1,011 guest rooms and 92,000 square feet of event space to accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Disney's Grand Floridian Re- sort & Spa has 867 guest rooms and can host up to 2,000 people for events and Disney's Contemporary Resort offers 655 guest rooms and 115,000 square feet of meeting space. Additional Kissimmee Venues • Embassy Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista South: 300 guest rooms; 40,000 square feet of function space with two ball- rooms and 15 breakout rooms (See breakout spotlight on page 50.) • Reunion Resort: 2,200-acre resort; one- to three-bedroom villas and vacation homes; 25,000 square feet of event space • Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa: 1,184 guest rooms; meeting space includes 5,520-square-foot conference center with theater-seating capacity of 569 • Bohemian Hotel Celebration: 117 guest rooms; 5,000 square feet of event space with 11 meeting rooms • Holiday Inn Orlando SW Celebration Area: 444 guest rooms; 4,000 square feet of meeting space • Ramada Kissimmee Gateway: 507 rooms; 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space • Kissimmee Civic Center: event space for up to 280 people • Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park: 33,946-square-foot arena; accommo- dates up to 168 10x10 booths A new and exciting meeting experience awaits groups that gather at the Doubletree By Hilton Orlando At SeaWorld following the addition of 40,000 square feet of new meeting and event space and the remodeling of all 1,020 guest rooms and suites. The resort now offers 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space and many technology enhancements, including full-live streaming and broadcasting capabilities and seamless connectivity throughout the property. According to Director of Sales and Mar- keting Steven Green, the new 20,000-square- foot Majestic Ballroom and multiple breakout rooms in the Palms Conference Center feature the latest technology while the new Palms Promenade offers ample outdoor space for afternoon and evening receptions and special events. "Groups can use the courtyard, lawn, pavilion, large fireplaces and comfortable seating areas in a variety of ways," he pointed out. "The space is so large we were able to bring in elephants for one event. We can bring food trucks in here or set up food stations. Large areas can be tented and the space can be bro- ken into four separate areas, so groups can use all or part of it, as needed." Other recent upgrades to the 28-acre trop- ically landscaped resort include new covered walkways, a new fitness center with state- of-the-art Life Fitness equipment, two new board rooms and new outdoor event space, the Harbor Terrace, on the second floor of the Tower Conference Center. Located just three blocks from the Orange County Convention Center, the property can accommodate groups of up to 2,000. It's also family-friendly, with multiple pools and gardens, a miniature golf course, an onsite restaurant and market, all within walking or shuttle distance of SeaWorld Orlando ® and just minutes from Universal Orlando ® Resort and Walt Disney World Resort ® . n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : DoubleTree By Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld Contact: www.doubletreeorlandoseaworld.com Palm Promenade Veranda ➤

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