|The ladies from the Zonta Club of Melbourne, Florida wanted me to be prepared for the scorching sun. (Modelled by Cheyenne the cougar, Snorfy's special friend)|
So we need a venue that can stand up to all we demand of it. Besides the main business room, the number 1 demand is: places to chat with friends. From 6am until about 3am there are groups of ladies clustering around a beverage supply enjoying a good ol' chinwag.
|District 24 ladies in pre-chat preparation at Torino|
If there is one thing I can promise you about the Marriott World Centre, there are more places to chat than you can ever possibly use. Let's take a gander at where Convention will be held - both the business end and the party end
Firstly, I have already given you the official glimpse of the Marriott Conference Centre, now I have seen it for myself. It's HUGE! It is easily bigger than anything I've seen before.
|When playing the board game "Risk" always best to start with pink and work your way outwards. (source: Marriott)|
That main beige "Cyprus Ballroom" has the ability to sit 16,000 theatre style. It is the nation's largest pillar free ball room - ummm... WOW!
|Invite all your friends! Let's fill this baby! otherwise it will be a sad with only 2000 of us jammed in a corner. (source: Marriott)|
The 3 other main areas can hold roughly 5,000 each! Every where is moveable walls and all spaces are flat, with freely placed chairs.
On the day I visited a 3000 person conference was underway and that seemed to make the place busy enough. although the Grand Ballroom was empty
|One quarter of the Grand Ballroom - the smallest ball room|
|A different quarter - but they are all the same - and there are a lot of them!|
In the plan above, all those little dark blue rooms are little meeting rooms. They were set up with small round tables, so each room held about 30 people each. Here you can also see the chairs they use - those standard, lighweight, padded type.
|This is still bigger than the room where my club has it's meetings!|
|Bring me more small meeting rooms! And doors! I want lots and lots of doors!|
|Conference centre main foyer. Meeting rooms behind, Palm Ballroom (green) immediately to left, Cyprus Room straight ahead.|
|Conf Centre front entrance, looking back up at hotel (source: Marriott)|
The blocked roofs delineate each ballroom - the far white roof is Cyprus (beige); skinny brown is Palm (green); striped is Crystal (pale blue).
|The flat as a pancake Florida landscape.|
So be prepared for a lot of walking.
|Although the staff have taken to doing cartwheels down the long corridors (source: Marriott)|
So perhaps the hotel will put out some seating and lounges in the conference centre common spaces for us; otherwise it is back up that hallway to the hotel where they have a squillion little loungey spots inside and out, in which you can sit back and relax.
Check in for Part 2 - where I'll show all the places for the party side of convention
Photos either my own or used with the permission of the Marriott