APR 2017

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A P R I L 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 47 F L O R I D A experience at a mega-metro convention center," said Jack Meier, group sales manager for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. "With our wide array of properties, it's simply finding the right fit for your group." Meier and the tourism council are excited about the recent opening of the 144-room luxury Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection Hotel in Key Largo. Sitting on 14 acres with a 6,000-square-foot beach, the new property offers 40,000 square feet of meeting space, three gour- met restaurants, a full-service spa, a pool with a spacious deck and bungalows. Other Keys properties with substantial meeting space and grand amenities include the Key Largo Bay Marriott Resort, which sits on 17 waterfront acres and boasts an impressive 52,000 square feet of meeting space in 11 event rooms. The resort also has 153 guest rooms. The private Ocean Reef Club, with 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including the new Carysfort Hall, has 300 rooms in villas and homes. The 60-acre Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key offers 20,000 square feet of oceanfront meeting space, 177 guest rooms and 225 two- and three-bedroom villas. The 216-room Key West Beachside Marriott has Key West's largest ballroom, which is being upgraded this year, and 10,000 square feet of meeting space in six event rooms. Largo, a new private luxury development open for small corporate functions, is a gated resort in Key Largo that accommodates 15 guests as sin- gles or 30 as doubles in its 5,000-square-foot The Lodge and its six 800-square-foot bungalows, which also provide modest function space. Smaller properties with limited meeting space include The Marker Waterfront Resort, a 96-gues- troom luxury property, and the 216-room Dou- bleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, which recently underwent a $7.5 million renovation. Islander Resort in Islamorada offers more than 5,000 square feet of indoor meeting space along with 114 guest villas and suites, and 25 cottages. Hilton Key Largo Resort offers luxurious guest rooms and 17,000 square feet of meeting space on 12 acres of tropical forest. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades With 30 miles of beach, 1.5 million acres of wet- lands and appealing upscale resorts, Southwest- ern Florida's Paradise Coast has plenty to offer event planners. Approximately 400,000 square feet of meeting space is contained in the recently rebranded 810-room JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, formerly the Marco Island Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa. Work on the $320 million renovations creating the new JW Mar- riott Marco Island Beach Resort is scheduled to continue until this summer and a grand opening celebration is planned for November. The reimagining will bring a new restaurant, ► PELICAN BEACH RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER www.pelican‑ When searching for the perfect location for your next meeting, association event or corporate outing, look no further than the Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center in Destin, Florida. Whether team building, prospecting or tending to existing customers, Pelican Beach provides the location and a variety of Òmeeting spaceÓ conducive to building business relationships! For Conference Information, Please Call (800) 431‑9281 Destin Florida's Beachfront Meeting Venue. Musuem of the Everglades

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