Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2020

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B M & T ••• September/October 2020 ••• 12 O rlando, the no. 1 meetings destination in the United States (according to CVENT), is adding even more resources for meeting attendees, improvements at the conventions center, as well as new convention hotels, venues, and din- ing and attractions options throughout 2020 and beyond. "With a major convention center expansion, unprecedented hotel inventory growth, new dining and entertainment venues and new attractions, the next few years will be some of the most transformative years for Orlando as a meetings and convention destination," said George Aguel, president and CEO, Visit Orlando. DESTINATION NEWS Visit Orlando's new has even more resources to offer planners for their events and the added benefit of the 360-degree Orlando Virtual Tour. • The Orange County Convention Center, the second largest con- vention center in the country, is growing its capacity with a $605 mil- lion expansion, bringing total exhibit space to 2.3 million sq. ft. with expected completion in 2023. • Orlando International Airport's South Terminal Complex is expected to open in 2021. The three-floor terminal facility will fea- ture 19 new gates to accommodate at least 24 aircraft and more than 10 million passengers. ORLANDO'S NEW AND RENOVATED HOTELS AND VENUES Home to more than 450 hotels and resorts, including 150+ meeting hotels, Orlando is in the midst of the biggest two-year period for hotel expansion in over two decades. • The JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa is opened in February 2020. The 16-story, 516-room resort offers a variety of luxu- rious amenities, rooftop terrace with panoramic views of nearby theme park fireworks, and more than 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including 18 rooms and a 22,000-sq. ft. ballroom. • Universal Orlando Resort completed its Endless Summer Resort with the opening Dockside Inn and Suites, adding 2,050 guestrooms, in March. The resort's sister property Surfside Inn and Suitesopened in June 2019 with 750 rooms. With proximity to the Convention District, the resort is ideal for citywide convention needs. • The Tru Hotel by Hilton Orlando Convention Center opened its doors in the heart of the Convention District in summer 2020 with 259 rooms, a variety of on-site amenities, and a walkway leading to the Orange County Convention Center's west concourse. • Cambria Hotel Orlando International Airport has broken ground on its new hotel property. Set to open in 2021, the five-story, 106-room hotel will have upscale amenities, an open concept lobby, multi-function meet- ing and event space, and is located less than two miles from the airport. • The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort( will add a new hotel to its resort in 2021. The Cove will have 349 guestrooms and suites, 22,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and 16,700 sq. ft. of flexible out- door space, which includes two new ballrooms, 12 meeting and break- away rooms and a unique rooftop space. NEW ATTRACTIONS & UNIQUE VENUES From theme park thrills to indoor entertainment, there are plenty of fun, new options for groups to enjoy after business hours that are a short walk (or drive) from the Convention District. On International Drive, ICON Park, home to The Wheel and Starflyer attractions, will welcome more record-breaking attractions in ORLANDO MEETINGS: WHAT'S NEW & N E X T I N 2 0 2 0 A N D B E Y O N D

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