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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 57 F L O R I D A Gulf of Mexico and has a banquet room of nearly 2,000 square feet along with 280 condo units. The property features an on-site restaurant, a spa and 24-hour front desk service and the surround- ing HarborWalk Village has boutique shops and restaurants. The Palms of Destin has 416 condo units and 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, as well as Trader Vic's, a poolside mai tai bar and full-service spa. Pelican Beach Resort along with The Terrace at Pelican Beach provides almost 6,000 square feet of meeting and event space along with gorgeous Gulf views. (For more information, see breakout Spotlight on page 56.) The executive conference center at Re- sortQuest's SunDestin Resort has nearly 3,000 square feet of space and top-quality A/V equip- ment. Also, the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort has 14,000 square feet of space, Four Points by Sher- aton and Holiday Inn SunSpree offer hundreds of sleeping rooms and thousands of square feet of event space. Pensacola/Pensacola Beach/Perdido Key The Pensacola Bay Area combines historic attrac- tions, modern amenities and beaches that rival any in the state, along with diverse and affordable meeting facilities. Newly introduced this spring are two 75-foot, double-decker, 150-passenger catamaran ferries that will travel between down- town Pensacola, Pensacola beach and Fort Pick- ens on the Gulf Islands national Seashore. The Pensacola Civic Center, located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, can accom- modate up to 10,000 meeting attendees in its 22,000-square-foot facility, with additional meeting space available at the New World Inn, the historic Saenger Theatre and the Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand. The University of West Florida Conference Center offers several options for meeting planners on its spacious, wooded campus. Nearby Pensacola Beach is home to several hotels with meeting facilities, most of them with beach frontage and amenities. The Pensacola Beach Conference Campus is a group effort by a number of hotels, condos, restaurants, retailers and nightlife venues to come together and create a flexible campus of 1,292 hotel rooms, 38,000 square feet of meeting space, 25 meeting rooms and 26 restaurants all within walking distance – with complimentary trolley service during the summer months. The National Naval Aviation Museum allows visitors to experience hands-on history on board the Pensacola Naval Air Station, view artifacts and restored aircraft and experience the thrill of flight in the Flight Simulators. In addition, the Museum offers 10,000 square feet of space for meetings and special events on site. Just east of Pensacola, Navarre Beach offers Summerwind, ResortQuest and the Caribbean Resort as family lodging alternatives. To the west of the city, Eden Resort Condominiums on Perdido Key provides a business setting with conference rooms accommodating up to 75 par- ticipants. n The award-winning TOPS'L Beach & Rac- quet Resort is taking full advantage of its unparalleled location on 52 acres nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and a nature preserve to provide secluded meeting space with all sorts of water sports, tennis, multiple swimming pools and hot tubs, still within easy distance of city attractions just minutes away in one direction or the other. With Pensacola to the west and Destin to the east, TOPS'L Beach is easily accessible and close to shopping and nightlife. According to Brittney Newby, marketing manager for Northwest Florida for ResortQuest by Wynd- ham Vacation Rentals, "The meeting market is one we see as a great fit for properties such as TOPS'L Beach. It has all the components and amenities to make for a productive and enjoy- able meeting venue." Featuring a wide variety of accommoda- tions from beachfront luxury condominiums to tennis villas in a garden setting, the resort offers on-site fine and casual dining with tennis or beach views, and refreshments at the beachside and clubside tiki bars. Boasting expansive meeting rooms and social gathering facilities, TOPS'L Beach is perfect for hosting meetings and events. Plus, with on-site tennis courts and other sporting options, a nature trail, and multiple swimming pools and hot tubs, the resort provides plenty of options to enjoy between events or for breakout sessions. Amenities include full-service meeting and banquet catering as well as three on-site restaurants: Blue Dunes Grille, Club Tiki and Ocean Club; 12 Rubico clay tennis courts; full service racquet club and fitness facility featur- ing aerobics classes, racquet ball court, sauna, steam room and wellness message therapy service; beach service, nature trails, swimming pools, watersport rentals, basketball, shuffle- board and a miniature golf course. Accommo- dations range from luxury Gulf-front units, studios, tennis villas, five-bedroom condos and up to four bedroom townhomes, making TOPS'L Beach ideal for combining a family vacation and a healthy lifestyle with a produc- tive business meeting. Meeting facilities include the Beachside Pool Deck, which is 7,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 400 participants; Centre Court, 2,480 square feet, 300 attendees; the Wimbledon Room, 1,041 square feet, 70 people; The Ridge Lawn, 4,900 square feet, 400 people, and the Club Tiki, which is 1,500 square feet and accommodates up to 150 people. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort Contact: www.TOPSLMeetings.com