APR 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 54 F L O R I D A two 15-story towers and 24,000 square feet of event space. St. Pete's classic 1950s-era Plaza Beach Hotel is undergoing renovation that will transform it into an independent 66-unit condo-hotel sched- uled for completion within the next few months and rebrand it into the Allure Suites Hotel-Beach- front Resort. A new 173-room Hyatt is scheduled for late 2017 opening in downtown St. Pete as part of a mixed-use project that will include a 253-unit condo tower. The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, a venerable St. Pete property is a restored 1925 luxury property that offers 347 guest rooms, 42,000 square feet of function space and exceptional high-end amenities and recreational opportunities. It's undergoing a two-phase renovation with Phase I, centered on golfing and the pool area, scheduled to be com- pleted late this year. Phase II will include the establishment of a new glass-walled waterfront restaurant, an expanded and relocated salon and day spa, an expanded and relocated fitness center, and a new tennis center – all projected for a mid-2018 completion. The 250-room Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, with 12,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants and two lounges, and the 253-room Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, with 25,000 square feet of meeting space, two restaurants and two lounges, are also popular properties. Additional St. Petersburg & Clearwater Meeting Spaces • TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort (St. Pete Beach): 70,770 square feet of meeting space; 10,585-square-foot ballroom; 29 meeting rooms; 585 guest rooms • Innisbrook Golf Resort (Palm Har- bor): 65,000 square feet of meeting space; 14,000-square-foot ballroom; 35 meeting rooms; 620 guest rooms • Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa: 40,000 square feet of meeting space; 9,800-square-foot ballroom; 15 meeting rooms; 415 guest rooms • Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Re- sort & Spa: 32,500 feet of meeting space; seven meeting rooms; 250 guest rooms • Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 17 meeting rooms; 333 guest rooms • Sirata Beach Resort: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 14 meeting rooms; 382 guest rooms • Safety Harbor Resort and Spa: 30,000 square feet of meeting space; 21 meeting rooms; 175 guest rooms Tampa Bay On the Florida mainland, the city of Tampa sits on Tampa Bay with the Hillsborough River running alongside it and the Tampa Riverwalk offering a walkway that links many of the city's museums, galleries, restaurants and hotels. Tampa Bay's new developments, include the new AC Hotel by Marriott and two new food halls, Hall of Franklin and Armature Works, in historic Tampa Heights. In south Tampa's Hyde District, the Epicurean Hotel is updating EDGE Social Drinkery, its rooftop lounge, adding a 60-inch television, ambient lighting, new artwork and refreshed seating areas. Tampa Bay's attractions include Busch Gar- dens Tampa, Lowry Park Zoo and The Florida Aquarium. Ybor City, the historic enclave of Cuban cul- ture in Tampa, is another must-see. You can get there on the delightfully old-fashioned TECO Line Streetcar. Tampa-based Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises offers three luxurious yachts – a huge yacht that accommodates 600 and two smaller ves- sels – and provides 10,000 square feet of func- tion space, seven meeting rooms and a banquet capacity of 850. Tampa Bay's Meeting Spaces • Tampa Convention Center: 600,000-square- foot downtown facility, 200,000-square-foot The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is the largest beachfront full-service hotel along the northwest Gulf Coast of Florida, and as such it is a linchpin of the dynamic South Walton string of communities. The resort stands out in any number of ways: it boasts 602 well-appointed guest rooms, more than 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a world- class spa and fitness center, six on-site dining venues, abundant resort recreation options and access to championship golf courses. According to Angela Vaughn, director of marketing at the hotel, there are new food and beverage offerings at two of the prop- erty's restaurants: Sandcastles Restaurant, located just off the resort lobby, and Picnix Poolside Market. The resort has also com- pletely revamped its in-house catering menus to provide meeting planners with a broad array of choices plus exceptional food and service options. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hilton Sandestin Resort Contact:

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