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“Silversea has the only expedition ships that cross over into the luxury category,” says Sean J. Mahoney, global vice president of corporate and incentive sales.
Whether downtown, perusing the 100 galleries that line Canyon Road, exploring one of the city’s 14 museums, or sitting in one of the ornate boutique hotel lobbies, you are always immersed in local art.
“Planners will have lush, natural and landscaped grounds as their backdrop without having to spend their resources on decor.”
“Our customers have said that Orlando meetings attain the highest attendance of any other city."
During a pre-opening site inspection of the new Biodiversity Museum in Panama, my group and I were stopped cold when the docent stated that building the Panama Canal altered the world’s climate.
The Pit is an upscale barbecue restaurant catering to groups, located downtown in a renovated 1930s meatpacking warehouse.
Chef Asha Gomez opened the $350,000 Third Space kitchen and private-use venue in the Inman Park neighborhood in April.
700 Kitchen at Mansion on Forsyth Park was identified by ABC-TV News as one of the top cooking class experiences around the world.
This fall, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience opens in a renovated building across the street from the original 1783 Evan Williams distillery, the namesake of Heaven Hill’s flagship bourbon brand.
What takes the experience beyond enjoying locally-sourced meals at the Crab Feast or the Harvest Feast is the knowledge experts share about the region’s history.
"Guests love our year-round 80° average temperatures and they love being outside where they can see the lights from passing cruise ships and hear the ocean."
When the 37-acre Cabana Bay Beach Resort opens in 2014, it will offer value-priced accommodations not found at the other Universal Orlando hotels.
“There’s nowhere else you can be sitting in your meeting and then see luge racers flying by in the concourse...”
The all-inclusive property contains a 16,400-sf convention center, a spa with outdoor palapa-style massage areas, five bars and lounges, and five restaurants including Mexican, Italian and Argentinean cuisines.
The open-front piazza personality of Siro: Urban Italian Kitchen is as distinct as its menu of classic Italian fare spiced with contemporary twists.
Some of the region’s most legendary hotels are creating innovative ways to rejuvenate attendees and reinvent Southern meetings through experiential spa/golf programs.
We learned a lot about bringing meetings groups to Universal Orlando’s two theme parks and multiple Loews Hotels. It’s not what you see on the surface but how 250,000 sf of event space can be creatively utilized.
"Our mix of leisure and convention-driven business really bodes well for a healthy future. Groups who want to attract young professionals find the city appealing with the university vibe, the nightlife, and because there’s always something new being built.”
Part #3 of 3 in our VISIT FLORIDA story on value propositions for 2013 meetings & incentive travel programs.
Part #2 of 3 in our VISIT FLORIDA story on one-of-a-kind experiences, including historic landmarks in St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra and the Emerald Coast.