by Michael C. Lowe | November 01, 2011
Local Update
Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet CreekThe Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek opened last month with 400 guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of function space. Near Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios, the property has a 10-acre lake, two pools, five food and beverage outlets, and a spa.

The 781-room Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld  completed a five-year, $35 million renovation last month that included revamping the 23rd-floor meeting rooms and 65 suites and the addition of a new 8,000-square-foot lawn for functions. The hotel now features a total of 185,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meliá Hotels International recently announced the opening of its second property in the United States, the 240-room Meliá Orlando Hotel at Celebration, formerly the Mona Lisa Suite Hotel. The flag change took place in September.

The 489-room Sheraton Safari and Suites on Lake Buena Vista Drive recently was purchased by AREA Property Partners and Winston Harton Holdings LLC. The new owners will spend $25 million on renovations. The property offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

The ONE80 Grey Goose Lounge opened on the sixth floor of the Amway Center in February. The combination rooftop/indoor lounge features two bars and can accommodate up to 360 people for private events. The $480 million, 875,000-square-foot center itself just opened last fall with a 20,000-seat arena (available for exhibitions, meetings and events) and 70 suites on three levels. Other function space within the center includes five banquet rooms and one boardroom.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began construction in June. The complex will include three theaters, a 3,000-seat public performance space and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

The Rosen Centre Skywalk, a covered pedestrian walkway, opened in January and connects the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center to the 1,334-room Rosen Centre hotel.

In 2013, a new entertainment, dining and shopping complex called I-Walk Orlando will open on International Drive with attractions such as Madame Tussauds wax museum and the Orlando Eye, a 425-foot-high observation wheel.