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JUN 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Subscribe Advertise Contact P A LM BEACH COUNTY Central, North Or South? Central Palm Beach County West Palm Beach offers historic communities and architecture as well as plenty of new development. It's where you'll find the county's largest conven- tion facility: Palm Beach County Convention Cen- ter. "We're right in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach and right in the middle of CityPlace (shopping, dining and entertainment development) surrounded by over 3,000 hotel rooms," said Maria Walker, the center's director of sales and marketing. "The building looks like it did the day it opened in 2004." The Palm Beach County Convention Center is working to secure a headquarters hotel positioned right beside it but no definite arrangements have yet been made, according to Walker. On the edge of downtown and close to Clear Lake is the 352-room West Palm Beach Marriott. The property's guest rooms are being renovated, a process scheduled for mid-September completion. Just a few miles inland from downtown is the 28- gate Palm Beach International Airport that handles more than 200 daily flights. Close to the airport, the newly renovated Embassy Suites West Palm Beach Central was a Crowne Plaza until December 2011. The Town of Palm Beach sits snug against the Atlantic on a narrow, 14-mile-long island across the Intercoastal Waterway from the city of West Palm Beach. It's home to one of the nation's most presti- gious shopping streets, Worth Avenue, and several premier resorts, including The Breakers, The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, The Brazilian Court Hotel and Beach Club, The Omphoy Ocean Resort and the The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach. North Palm Beach County About 13 miles north and inland a bit from West Palm Beach is the community of Palm Beach Gar- the Planner Grades Palm BeachA+ "From the onset of our discussions with the Palm Beach County CVB and Palm Beach Convention Center staff, they demonstrated an interest in acquiring our business and developing a long-term rela- tionship with us. They have been sufficiently flexible in our business negotiations with both sides of the negotiating table walk away feeling they each have a "win-win" situation. They have always been inter- ested in our input, attentive to any issues we face, and work toward helping us develop solutions. For example, we found there were not sufficient flights from the Caribbean to Palm Beach International Air- port to conveniently service our attendees. The CVB immediately proposed a temporary solution for our guests that involved ground transportation from other South Florida airports." —Donna Skinner, show director for TRENDZ Ladies' Apparel & Accessories Shows www.con v entionsouth.com dens. Perhaps this town's biggest claim to fame is as the location of the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of five championship golf courses. The prop- erty's $65 million revitalization has been underway for three years and is scheduled for completion in early fall, said David Fine, vice president of sales, marketing and revenue development. "It's a com- plete refurbishment, all the case good products and a redesign to contemporize the rooms to match the work we had done in the lobby spaces and all our public spaces. We have two new restaurants that we're going to complete by October, we're re- designing the primary breakfast room and we're adding Bar 91 just off our golf course." Also in Palm Beach Gardens is the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, the Embassy Suites Palm Beach Gardens, and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Executive Meeting Center Palm Beach Gardens. South Palm Beach County Some 30 miles south of West Palm Beach is Boca Raton, another popular close-to-the-coast city with fine resort hotels offering substantial meeting space. One of them is Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Wal- dorf Astoria Resort, which sits on 356 acres near Lake Boca Raton. Between 2007 and 2009, $120 million was used in additions and renovations and last year, $4 million was spent updating the décor in the resort's tower guest rooms and the golf villas were transformed into bungalows, said Carole Bou- card, director of marketing, adding that renovations are set for the 359 rooms located in the Cloister, the original 1926 section of the hotel. The Wyndham Boca Raton recently upgraded dining options, said Director of Sales Rick Del- l'Amico. Additional Boca Raton properties include the Embassy Suites Hotel – Boca Raton and the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel. ■ EDITOR'S HOT PICKS PALM BEACH COUNTY and its beaches allow groups to sample the culinary masterworks of celebrity chef-owned restaurants, and take in one of dozens of internationally renowned events. Fish or dive in the Gulf Stream-warmed waters or take pleasure in the breathtaking beauty of the unique Florida ecosystem. LATE NIGHTS WITH THE COOL CROWD: Bogartʼs Bar and Grille in Boca Raton offers fine dining, a movie theater and four private dining rooms for special events. www.bogartsofboca.com THE EAST COAST GOES FAR EAST: The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens is a center for Japanese arts and culture with six di- verse gardens inspired by a different historical period and style of Japan- ese gardening. From a sunset wed- ding ceremony overlooking the lake, to cocktails and dinner on the terrace with views of the gardens; from a corporate presentation in the theater, to a special anniversary celebration, the Morikami provides a distinctive venue for the most discerning hosts. www.morikami.org FOLLOW UP WITH THE CVB: Palm Beach County CVB www.palmbeachfl.com PALM BEACH COUNTY IN-DEPTH Visit www.ConventionSouth.com for more about the Palm Beach County area through our interactive Insiderʼs Guide with maps, videos & more. JUNE 2012 ConventionSouth 29

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