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The Largest Pillar-free Resort Ballroom in the U.S. Opens at the Orlando World Center
Marriott Resort & Convention Center; 450,000 square-feet of Event Space

ORLANDO, Fla., October 30, 2007 - The earth’s largest Marriott...the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center showcased the new 105,000 square-foot Cypress Ballroom, which is five times the size of the White House during dedication ceremonies held Saturday, October 27, 2007. This latest addition substantially increases this premier meeting destination’s event space, affording planners 450,000 square-feet of flexible event space almost entirely on one level and all under one roof. “The Cypress Ballroom is impressive in its design, functionality, technology and décor,” stated Director of Sales and Marketing, Tim Pyne.  “The largest pillar-free resort ballroom in the nation is simply something you have to see to believe!” 
Larger than a football field and with a volume of 1.8 billion golf balls, the new Cypress Ballroom can seat as many as 9,000 attendees in rounds of 10, or 13,000 theatre-style. Together with the Palms Ballroom, it provides 150,000 square feet of contiguous, pillar-free carpeted meeting space and more than 50,000 square feet of convenient pre-function space. American Trucking Association, which hosted a ribbon-cutting event on October 21, became the first group to take advantage of the new space. The venue is complemented by an idyllic resort offering 2,000 magnificently designed guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants and lounges, 18-hole championship golf club, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a million-gallon pool complex which makes a perfect backdrop for varieties of outdoor functions under the Florida sun. 

• Enough space to house 596 10x10 booths. 
• Seat more than 9,000 attendees in Rounds of 10, or 13,000 Theatre Style. 
• Connect to the Palms Ballroom to offer over 160,000 square feet of contiguous, pillar-free carpeted meeting space. 
• Over 50,000 square feet of new pre-function meeting space. 
• 10 dedicated loading docks. 

The Cypress Ballroom, combined with existing flexible meeting space, offers over 350,000 square feet, almost all on one level and under one roof. 

Add the Fairway Terrace and wide open spaces surrounding our million-gallon pool complex, and the total becomes more than 400,000 total square feet of flexible space. 

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with nearly 2,900 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2006 year-end.


The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center

Nadine DeGenova 
(407) 682-2625

Also See: The 2000-room Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center Expanding to over 400,000 square-feet of Meeting Space; Will be One of the Largest Convention Facilities in the United States / January 2005


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