April 2014

Key Notes: Bright Horizons (2014 Florida Supplement)

by Lori Tenny

With meetings, conventions and incentives business on the rise, a wealth of new developments in destinations throughout the state and new perspectives on unique experiences for groups, Florida is enjoying a fresh outlook for a successful 2014 and beyond.

In this year's Meetings Florida supplement, Florida/Caribbean Contributing Editor Lisa Simundson profiles all the upward market trends when it comes to group business in our "Up, Up and Away" story, and in our "Shiny & New" piece, she covers the array of new and renovated hotels and convention centers that are gracing the Sunshine State.

Delving into some of the interesting ways groups are experiencing Florida nowadays, sections in this supplement include "In the Neighborhood," examining several emerging enclaves, from Little Havana in Miami to Palafox Street in Pensacola, and "What's the Attraction? Everything!," showcasing some of the great ways planners can think "outside the box" when it comes to old standby diversions and exciting newcomers.

Meanwhile, "Stepping Out" profiles several of Florida's gorgeous alfresco venues as well as adventures such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and sailing, and "Tapping Into a Trend" explores the delicious craft beer scene taking shape, in addition to craft distilleries. Speaking of trending, our "On the Scene: Orlando" sidebar dishes out a taste of this Central Florida city's exploding foodie scene, which includes star chefs recently nominated as 2014 semifinalists for the prestigious James Beard Awards.

Be sure to check out the digital edition of Meetings Focus Florida 2014 for two videos, one profiling celebrity chefs of Orlando and another spotlighting the group-friendly Quantum Leap Winery, a true find for wine enthusiasts.

Enjoy this year's supplement and our fresh take on the Sunshine State!


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