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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ M A Y 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 16 Resort Fees & Rates Across The South R E S O R T M E E T I N G S While resort destinations outside of the South like Palm Springs, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev., typically charge resort fees of $25 to $28 dollars on top of room rates each night, surcharges across the South are typically more modest. Here's a roundup of what you'll find at many of the South's top resort hot spots: How The South Stacks Up Nationwide Georgia's Golden Isles Average Daily Resort Fee: Not common. Daily Resort Room Rate: $80-$200+ Total Resorts: 8+ 3 Recommended Resorts: The Cloister Sea Island; Sea Palms Resort; King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Bang For Your Buck: The Golden Isles area is consid- ered one destination with many distinct resort person- alities. Each island, Jekyll, St. Simons, Sea Island and little St. Simons are all individual resort areas. Hot Springs, Arkansas Average Daily Resort Fee: Not common. Daily Resort Room Rate: $90-$150+ Total Resorts: 3 Recommended Resorts: Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa; Embassy Suites Hot Springs Hotel and Spa; Clarion Resort on the Lake Bang For Your Buck: Hot Springs is located in the Oua- chita Mountains and is surrounded by Lake Hamilton, Lake Ouachita and Lake Catherine. In 1832, President Andrew Jackson designated Hot Springs as the 1 st fed- eral reservation, therefore essentially making Hot Springs America's 1 st National Park due to the thermal waters that emerge @ 143 F. Biloxi & The Mississippi Gulf Coast Average Resort Fee: $8 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $100-$150+ Total Resorts: 8+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Beau Rivage Resort and Casino; IP Casino Resort Spa; Golden Nugget Biloxi Bang For Your Buck: The region is home to 12 casinos with 24/7 entertainment, beautiful accommodations, fantastic dining and more than 20 golf courses. Panama City Beach, Florida Average Resort Fee: $5 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: Ranges from $80-$140+ Total Resorts: 8+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Boardwalk Beach Resort and Conference Center; Bay Point Wyndham; Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort Bang For Your Buck: This family-friendly beach destination along the Florida Panhandle claims 320 days of sunshine a year and 27 miles of white-sand beaches. Branson, Missouri Average Resort Fee: Not common. Daily Resort Room Rate: $100-$200+ Total Resorts: 15+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Big Cedar Lodge; Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa; The Village at Indian Point Resort and Conference Center Bang For Your Buck: A new convention center, new air- port, luxurious lakeside resorts, upscale retreats and a multitude of entertainment options make Branson an attractive resort destination. Kissimmee, Florida Average Resort Fee: $15 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $80-$150+ Total Resorts: 20+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Loews Portofino Bay Resort at Universal Orlando; Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center, Ramada Plaza Resort and Suites Orlando Bang For Your Buck: Kissimmee is close to all the Orlando-area attraction but also offers its very own small-town, Old Florida charm with a mix of affordable and upscale options. Texas Hill Country Average Resort Fee: $20 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $150-$250 Total Resorts: 8+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin; Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio; LaCantera Resort and Spa in San Antonio Bang For Your Buck: Enjoy a full calendar of festivals, conferences and celebrations all year long. Hill Country Wine Tours, river retreats, and more make the region a sought after resort destination. Hilton Head, South Carolina Average Resort Fee: $18 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $100-$200+ Total Resorts: 8+ 3 Recommended Resorts: The Beach House; Westin Hilton Head Island Resort; Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa Bang For Your Buck: This master-planned resort island is a golfers paradise with unique Low Country cultural experiences and cuisine. ■ St. Petersburg/Clearwater Average Daily Resort Fee: $15 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $100-150+ Total Resorts: 20+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Sirata Beach Resort in St. Pete Beach; TradeWinds Island Grand in St. Pete Beach; Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa Bang For Your Buck: The region is home to 36 miles of award winning beaches. TripAdvisor named three area beaches "Best In the U.S." for 2014. Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood Average Daily Resort Fee: $15 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $130-$200+ Total Resorts: 20+ 3 Recommended Resorts: Bonaventure Resort and Spa in Weston; Hollywood Beach Marriott; Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood Bang For Your Buck: From the Blue Wave-certi- fied beaches to the exotic Florida Everglades, Greater Fort Lauderdale offers a water culture that spans more than 300 miles. Designer shop- ping, hip music lounges, fashion and art merge for a thriving day-to-night cultural scene. ■ Editor's Note: The following information was compiled as a result of research from ConventionSouth's Editorial Team, including sourcing details from the Convention and Visitors Bureau representing each destination. Informa- tion provided is meant to be used as a guide with the understanding that rates and tallies will vary. Average Daily Resort Rates are meant to reflect typical group rates for mid-October. Total resorts reflect full-service resorts. For more information, please contact destinations and resorts directly. Resort Hot Spots With The Best Deals... Resort Wonderlands Worth The Price... Here's a look at what you'll pay at resort destinations outside the South: Palm Springs, Calif. Average Resort Fee: $28 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $130 - $200 Total Resorts: 10+ Atlantic City, N.J. Average Daily Resort Fee: $15 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $80-$280 Total Resorts: 10+ Las Vegas, Nev. Average Daily Resort Fee: $25 per night Daily Resort Room Rate: $110-$280 Total Resorts: 50+ ■ Research By Selena Chavis *10-27 CS May 2014_Layout 1 4/29/14 12:54 PM Page 16