Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 9

GOING

PLACES
Florida offers incredible value,
beautiful weather and unbelievable
settings for meetings.
According to a recent research study
surveying both corporate and association
meeting planners across the country,
Florida is ranked the highest state for
affordable travel, accessibility and value.
Add to that its beautiful weather and
diverse hotel and venue opportunities, and
Florida is a great destination for meetings
and conventions.
FORT LAUDERDALE
With a world-class convention center
and thousands of nearby hotel rooms to
accommodate organizations of all sizes,
Greater Fort Lauderdale is also backed
by its signature "SUN-Sational Service"
program for meeting professionals.
Among the other benefits meeting
planners will find: Free convention
center floor space when booking large
groups for August and September
meetings at the 600,000-square-foot
Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County
Convention Center.
Speaking of hotels, a number of
properties are newly opened or about to
show off stunning transformations. Fresh
off a $55 million restyle and renovation,
W Fort Lauderdale brings a high-contrast,
sleek design to its 517 guestrooms;
plus a new 4,000-square-foot ballroom
brings its total meeting space to nearly
40,000 square feet. The Fort Lauderdale
Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
debuted major renovations in 2016.
Redesigned guestrooms and suites

Meetings in the
now feature sea-inspired décor, and
the refreshed lobby invites guests to
mingle and enjoy the scenery of the
beachfront location, along with close
to 100,000 square feet of meeting and
event space. B Ocean Resort, one of
South Florida's most iconic beachside
properties also recently unveiled its
all-encompassing renovation, which

ORLANDO
As the No. 1 meetings and convention
destination in the country, according
to Cvent, Orlando offers a world of
possibilities for one-of-a-kind meetings
and events. From a top-rated convention
center, low-cost accessibility and
wide variety of hotels to world-class
entertainment and unforgettable

includes more than 14,000 square feet of
indoor and outdoor meeting space.

experiences, Orlando is an exciting
gateway city for meetings of all sizes.
Looking to inspire your meeting
attendees with a bit of tropical flare?
Universal Orlando's newest hotel Loews
Sapphire Falls Resort, a Caribbean-themed
resort, recently added 1,000 guest rooms
and 114,000 square feet of total meeting
space, including a 41,000 square-foot
ballroom, a 31,000 square-foot hall,
16 breakout rooms and 27,000 square feet
of pre-function space. The property also
features 16,000 square feet of beautifully
landscaped outdoor function space,
perfect for a relaxing welcome reception
or an epic luau.
Also new to Orlando this year is
downtown's new 54-room boutique
property, The Delaney Hotel, which will
open by late spring and offer high-tech
conveniences, such as remote check-in,
in-room digital tablet-based concierge
services and smartphone room keys.
There will also be a private dining room
and event space that can accommodate
up to 100.

MIAMI
Just south in Miami, the name of the
game is choice. With three convention
centers totaling nearly 1 million square feet
and more than 70 specialized meeting
venues, meeting planners have any
number of options to select from to make
their events stand out. More than 50,000
hotel rooms are available, from intimate
boutique hotels to convention properties,
and another 8,500 rooms will be available
by 2019.
Looking to the future, the Miami
Beach Convention Center, currently
undergoing a $615-million, state-of-the-art
transformation, will be newly reimagined
for 2018. The new 1.4 million-square-foot,
LEED certified facility will include a
60,000-square-foot grand ballroom,
additional meeting rooms with flexible
arrangements, a 20,000-square-foot
glass rooftop junior ballroom, advanced
technology and versatile indoor/outdoor
public spaces. Plus, there are 66 hotels
within a one-mile radius of the center,
giving your attendees a range of
properties within any budget.

Sources: Visit Florida, Greater Fort
Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau,
Miami and The Beaches, Visit Orlando

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2017

President’s Letter
Executive Director’s Corner
Going Places
2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Thought Leadership
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
SGMP NATION
Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - President’s Letter
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Executive Director’s Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Going Places
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 2017 National Education Conference: Reel in Great Education
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Government Events Embrace Competition as a Catalyst for Success
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 14
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Ten Cans: Real Change Requires an Opener
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response and How to Fix Them
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Thought Leadership
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - 22
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Meet a Member
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - CGMP Corner
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - SGMP NATION
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - Advertisers’ Index
Government Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
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