Orlando has recently experienced a remarkable transformation, and if you haven’t been there lately, its best-kept secret is how much it’s changed. The ongoing expansion — which includes new hotels, a revitalized downtown, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and world-class dining districts and entertainment options — has placed the city in a top position among travel and meeting destinations.
New and Expanded Hotels
Convention hotels, including the Hilton Orlando, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, have played a starring role in the city’s continued evolution. And the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will soon be added to the list, with the $360-million property currently under construction and slated to open in July 2014.
Another new downtown Orlando entertainment venue is on the way to becoming a sought-after destination for meeting attendees, corporate groups, and even team-building activities. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is now under construction and is expected to open during fall 2014. The arts complex will eventually join the country’s most advanced arena and events venue — the Amway Center — in revitalizing downtown Orlando’s entertainment options.
Distinctive Dining Districts
Orlando is a true culinary hot spot, with award-winning restaurants and celebrity chefs that cater to visitors from across the globe. An extensive menu of fine-dining establishments, international eateries, casual cafés, and chic wine bars will satisfy just about any taste or budget. For more information on Orlando’s dining districts, visit orlandodistricts.com
Leading-Edge Medical City
Orlando was recently ranked by the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association as the No. 3 destination for medical meetings. With the arrival of Lake Nona Medical City — which includes the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and the Nemours Children’s Hospital and Research Cam-pus — the city is preparing for the medical meeting of the future. Located in southeast Orange County, Medical City offers leading-edge education, research, and treatment — and an invaluable source of guest speakers for your next Orlando meeting.
Top-Ranked Convention Center
Acknowledged by many meeting professionals as the industry leader when it comes to flexibility, functionality, and service, the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is the nation’s second-largest meetings and conventions facility. It’s no wonder that the OCCC was recently selected by Business Review USA as the best of its class in the country — the publication ranked the top 10 U.S. convention centers, and Orlando came out on top. .
For more information: orlandomeeting.com