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In 2013, Cvent evaluated more than 5700 cities and ranked Orlando, FL as the number one meeting destination. With an estimated 245 hotels spread across the city and meeting space of 2,115,982 square feet, Orlando reigns as the most sought-after spot for corporate meetings and events. With a winning combination of accessibility, affordability, value and entertainment, Orlando offers everything you need to make your corporate event a grand success. Here are five of the best choices for corporate meeting venues in Orlando that combine all those things for events of varying sizes.
The Florida Hotel and Conference CenterWith state-of-the-art meeting facilities, comfortable accommodation and multiple catering options, The Florida Hotel and Conference Center is an in-demand destination to consider hosting your next meeting. The venue is centrally located right in the heart of Orlando, close to the city's downtown businesses. With an area of 50,000 square feet available for meetings, the space can be divided up in any way to meet the specific requirements of the event. Whether it is for a small board meeting or a general session, this is an impressive meeting venue from both the organizer and attendees’ point of view.
Group size: Up to 1200
Hilton Orlando Bonnet CreekThe Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek opened in October 2009 and is the largest development yet in the history of Hilton. The hotel occupies 482 acres off Epcot Center and is just 25 minutes from the airport. With a 160,000 square feet convention center and a 35,295 square feet ballroom, Bonnet Creek is a definite winner if you want to wow your clients with something spectacular. There are 14 meeting rooms and four executive boardrooms in the hotel. If you want to take advantage of the Florida weather and conduct your meeting outdoors, you can choose the Signature Island with its incredible views of the golf course and waterways to accommodate almost 1000 guests.
Group size: 25 people to over 1000 guests
Citrus RestaurantThe Citrus Restaurant is located on Orange Avenue, the signature street of downtown Orlando. It offers private dining facilities that are ideal for corporate lunches and meetings. The restaurant features new American cuisine with Latin influence and has a stylish, lively, and energetic vibe. It is just 3.5 miles from the airport, and is easy to reach. There are private spaces, semi-private spaces, and outdoor spaces to choose from.
Group size: from 10 guests for a private meal to 90 guests for a cocktail reception
Orange County Convention CenterThe Orange County Convention Center is located just 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport. The Center boasts of a whopping 2.1 million square feet of event space, making it the second largest convention center in the US. The OCCC has on-site business centers that offer faxing, computer rentals, shipping and receiving, packing, office supplies, business cards, posters and banners, and photocopying facilities exclusively to its guests. While planning for an event at the OCCC, you can also take advantage of nearby attractions such as Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World because group event bookings can be made at both these places.
Group size: From 80 to over 12,000
John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare CenterJust steps from many of Orlando’s museums, the Shakespeare Center hosts both plays and corporate events. With studios and theaters that seat up to 350 people, this cultural authority will energize the stereotypical image of stale corporate meetings. It boasts 50,000 square feet of rentable event space between 12 room options. All of this is just 16 miles from Orlando’s international airport with plenty of nearby hotel and entertainment options.
Group size: Up to 350
Orlando has hundreds of other meeting venues, both small and large. No matter which venue you pick, you can rest assured that the event experience will be enhanced by the state of the art facilities available at the venues, the service and hospitality, and easy access to the nearby theme parks and other entertainment spots. Make sure your AV and technology for the event is just as successful as the venue!