by Michael C. Lowe | November 01, 2012
Meeting Hotels
Downtown properties include the 341-room Sheraton Orlando--Downtown, 290-room Marriott Orlando Downtown and 250-room Grand Bohemian Hotel.

Along International Drive and near the Orange County Convention Center are the 1,641-room Peabody Orlando; 1,334-room Rosen Centre Hotel; 1,094-room DoubleTree Resort Orlando--International Drive; 1,000 room Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, a Loews Hotel; 650-room Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, a Loews hotel; and 584-room Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes.

Near Orlando International Airport are the 510-room Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 483-room Marriott Orlando Airport and 287-room Holiday Inn Orlando International Airport.

In Lake Buena Vista, near Walt Disney World Resort, are the 2,000-room Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, 1,497-room Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center, 750-room Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress and 489-room Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort.

Reunion has the Ginn Reunion Resort, with more than 2,000 rental units.

In Kissimmee and Celebration are the 1,406-room Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center, 718-room Radisson Resort Orlando--Celebration and 115-room Celebration Hotel.

Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center; exhibit space, 2.1 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 74; (407) 685-9800 or (800) 345-9845

Airport Transit
 Orlando International Airport, about 13 miles southeast of downtown Orlando and 14 miles east of the Orange County Convention Center/International Drive. Transfer cost by taxi, $26 to downtown, $33 to the convention center/International Drive; by shuttle, $16 to downtown, $17 to the convention center/International Drive

Orlando/Orange County: room tax, 6%; total taxes on hotel rooms 12.5%

Group VenueSaturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center
The retired space shuttle Atlantis will reside in a $100 million facility celebrating the entire shuttle program, to open next summer at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The complex already features the 100,000-square-foot Apollo/Saturn V Center, with two theaters and the Saturn V moon rocket. (866) 737-5235

Visit Orlando, (407) 363-5872 or (800) 972-3304

Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau, (407) 847-5000 or (800) 831-1844