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Ontario, California: the affordable alternative in Southern California.

Strategically located between Palm Springs and Los Angeles, Ontario is Southern California's affordable alternative. Its central location allows for easy accessibility via several freeways and it is minutes from all that Southern California has to offer: Ontario Mills, Hollywood, Disneyland, Pacific beaches, and mountain resorts. With a population of about 150,000, Ontario continues to lead the Inland Empire region of Southern California through the 21st century, yet it retains a sense of tradition and small town charm.

Ontario's location in the Sunbelt assures mild weather and 312 days of sunshine a year. The pleasant climate allows visitors to enjoy Ontario's many parks as well as the nearby Orange County and San Diego attractions, including Knott's Berry Farm and Sea World. And during the winter months, there's world-class skiing at Big Bear Resort in the San Bernardino Mountains.

ONTARIO CONVENTION CENTER

The jewel of Ontario is the dynamic Ontario Convention Center located only two blocks from a hassle-free international airport and within walking distance of multiple name-brand hotels. Contemporary in design and one of the most technologically advanced facilities in the nation, the center boasts more than 225,000 total square feet. With a 70,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 20,000-square-foot ballroom (divisible into three sections), and more than 24,000 square feet of additional meeting rooms, the center is an ideal venue for small to mid-size conventions, trade shows, exhibits, and meetings.

The Ontario Convention Center provides a full range of high-tech services, including videoconferencing, satellite capabilities, computer networking, and Internet access. The convention center's staff is always nearby to assist you with the smallest detail to make sure your meeting goes off without a hitch.

ACCESSIBLE AIRPORT

Ontario International Airport is quickly gaining national recognition for the ease of air travel into Southern California. The airport's sky-lit terminals offer a bright and warm embrace to millions of visitors each year. The airport has more than 100 daily nonstop flights to more than 16 major cities in the United States, and serves all the major airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines and AeroMexico. Complimentary airport transportation for guests is provided by most nearby top-tier hotels. In addition, the airport's $1.6 million public art program, incorporating the interplay of terrazzo flooring, ceramic murals, and colorful fused-glass panels, delights the senses and reflects the city's cultural diversity.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Within walking distance of the Ontario Convention Center are more than 2,000 hotel rooms, providing the business traveler with many options at reasonable rates, from first-class to mid-range accommodations. Many upscale hotels, including Marriott, Doubletree, and Sheraton, are just steps from the convention center, providing easy accessibility for attendees.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

For relaxation and fun, Ontario has numerous options. The Empire Lakes Golf Course, designed by Arnold Palmer, will challenge even the most experienced golfer. For wine aficionados, sampling California's finest wines has never been easier. Ontario boasts three wineries in its vicinity: Galleano Winery, Inc., J. Filippi Winery, and San Antonio Winery. Each features tasting rooms and conducts tours.

The Ontario Mills Mall is truly a wonderful shopping and entertainment adventure. Southern California's largest entertainment and outlet mall, with 23 anchor stores and more than 200 specialty shops, Ontario Mills provides the ultimate shopping experience. The 30-screen AMC movie complex and Edwards 53-screen theater allow you to watch the movie of your choice in comfortable stadium-style seating. Most hotels provide complimentary shuttle service to the mall.

Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a sit-down gourmet meal, you will be served in style at the restaurants of Ontario. At Ontario Mills, choose from Wolfgang Puck Caf6, Rainforest Care, or Market Broiler. Nearby, Rosa's is the perfect place for fine Italian dining, or try Benihana for a truly entertaining meal. For evening entertainment, Ontario also offers Dave & Buster's, Gameworks, and the Comedy Improv Club.

THE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE

For business or pleasure in Southern California, Ontario is the affordable alternative. Come work or play and stay as long as you like!

CONTACT

Amita Patel, CHSP, Director of Sales and Marketing Ontario Convention and Visitors Bureau

Phone: 909-937-3002, 800-455-5755

Fax: 909-937-3080

E-mail: apatel@ontariocvb.com

Web site: www.ontariocvb.com
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