The Green Destinations Orlando program hopes to make the city a solar-powered beacon of sustainability. High-profile hotel participants include the Peabody Orlando and the Hilton Orlando.
In January 2013, the 720-room Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate will open a new 55,000-square-foot conference center that will include a 28,800-square-foot ballroom. Once complete, the property will offer planners a total of 128,000 square feet of indoor function space and 52,000 square feet of outdoor event space, along with a spa, two golf courses and an 850-foot-long lazy river.
The 394-room B in the Walt Disney World Resort, the fourth in the B brand, will open here in fall 2013 with 20,000 square feet of function space plus an outdoor event lawn.
The Aloft Orlando Downtown will open next summer with 119 guest rooms, a bar and lounge, a fitness center, an indoor swimming pool and 5,200 square feet of meeting space.
In 2014, the 434-room Four Seasons Hotel at Walt Disney World Resort will open with three pools, a spa and approximately 37,750 square feet of meeting space.
The Ramada Plaza Resort & Suites Orlando opened this past July with 131 suites and 2,775 square feet of meeting space.
The 1,800-room Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a joint partnership between Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts, will open in 2014 adjacent to Universal's Islands of Adventure.
The Alfond Inn at Rollins College is slated for a spring 2013 opening and will include 112 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting space.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort opened in May at the Walt Disney World Resort, with 1,984 suites and décor inspired by Disney movies such as Cars.
The Sonesta ES Suites Orlando on International Drive recently opened, featuring 146 suites, one 782-square-foot conference room and complimentary shuttles to area theme parks.
The Drury Inn & Suites on Sand Lake Road opened in July with 238 guest rooms, free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and 4,940 square feet of meeting space.
The 1,641-room Peabody Orlando now has spa-inspired luxury accommodations. The 52-room Loft debuted this past summer within the hotel's Mallard Tower and offers plush blankets, robes and slippers, and Keurig coffee makers.
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.
Orange County Convention Center; exhibit space, 2.1 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 74; (407) 685-9800 or (800) 345-9845
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%
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