thentic Brazilian restaurant on the bottom
floor; the next level is a great meeting facility and the top level is the rooftop lounge
Ipanema,” Johnson said.
Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo,
a dude ranch located 90 miles south of
Orlando in Lake Wales, recently completed three new meeting rooms, giving
the ranch more than 12,300 square feet
of meeting space. The ranch’s newest
accommodations, Luxe Teepees, provide
Orlando North/Seminole County
“What differentiates Orlando North,
Seminole County from the rest of Central
Florida is our affordability, accessibility,
and abundance of natural beauty,” said
Guilherme “Gui” Cunha, tourism manager
for Orlando North, Seminole County. “We
also offer a variety of non-traditional meeting and event venues, such as the Central
Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, the St.
Johns Rivership, Route 46 Entertainment
District and Wekiva Island, a LEED Plati-
num oasis along the Wekiwa River.”
Opening this month is TownPlace Suites
by Marriott Orlando Altamonte Springs/
Maitland. The new property features
1,030 square feet of meeting space. After a
four-year hiatus, Route 46 Entertainment
District in Sanford reopened. The 4.9-acre
complex provides four event venues that
offer a total of 27,000 square feet of flexible
indoor and outdoor space.
“Located in the center between Miami and
Pensacola, Gainesville/Alachua County is
easily accessible for meetings,” said John
Pricher, executive director, Visit Gainesville
Alachua County, FL. Home to the University of Florida, one of the largest campuses
in the country, there’s plenty of sprucing up
going on these days.
The 248-room Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, with 25,000 square
feet of meeting space, recently finished a
$15 million renovation to its guest rooms.
In October, The Fairfield Inn & Suites is
scheduled to open with 114 rooms and
2,200 square feet of meeting space, and
AC Hotel adds 144 rooms and 774 square
feet of meeting space.
New meeting and event space in-
cludes venues at the Ben Hill Griffin
Stadium, home of the Florida Gators,
which includes the nearby O’Connell
Center, which was renovated in January
2017 and accommodates up to 10,500
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