OCT 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ O C T O B E R 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 22 NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! with locals to create programs and offerings that pay tribute to South Florida's yacht and beach culture." Reimagining the Group Experience Massive light installations, local art, and light and airy spaces highlight the improvements made to the reimagined event facilities at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center, according to Todd Scholl, director of sales and marketing. "The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center is reimagining its group and meeting experience by adding capacity to the main ballroom, which will accommodate serving banquets for up to 600 guests, as well as functionality that allows both ballrooms to connect, driving new opportunities for meeting planners regarding efficiency," Scholl explained. "New technology additions, which include elec- tronic displays outside each meeting room, are being added to keep guests informed on pertinent information related to their event and the hotel." Partnering with Auburn University's nationally ranked Interior Design Program, the final plans for the 27,000 square feet of space in the confe- rence center included imaginative, collaborative design. "The hotel team partnered with a senior class, and, in conjunction with an Atlanta-based hotel designer and construction management company, gave the students a real-life experience in creating plans, boards and presenting their vision. The same process was used in the past years to create Piccolo, AT Ariccia Trattoria and the hotel lobby, making students a vital part of the process," said Scholl. Modern Amenities Enhance Historic Ambience Supreme luxury has always been a part of The Cavalier Hotel since it opened its doors in 1927, and now, the hotel is merging the preservation of its rich history with the most current elements of modern luxury in a complete restoration of the property. "The Cavalier Hotel has been undergoing an extensive restoration for over three years," said Christopher Salyer, director of sales. "Once we welcome the public back to our uniquely authentic, history-rich property, they will find an indulgent and well-curated experience that can't be found anywhere else in Coastal Virginia, or even on the East Coast for that matter. There is nowhere that a 6,000-square- foot spa, a fully operating distillery featuring an incredible portfolio of spirits and a trend-setting oceanfront beach club exist on the same parcel of land; and with the additional fact that Virginia Beach features 10 golf courses within a 20-mi- nute drive from the hotel, we are primed and ready to provide an elevated resort experience to organizations that was never possible in the past at Virginia Beach." With a $3.5-million comprehensive renovation of the guest rooms and spaces of the Mission Inn Resort and Club, the iconic Central Florida des- Sophisticated Upgrades Margaritaville Key West sizzles with sophisti- cated upgrades for your next event. Just ask Jackie Herbst, director of group sales for Mar- garitaville Key West Resort and Marina. "The industry is more sophisticated and competitive than ever and planners need venues that multi-task: an enticing location that provides a competitive edge for attendance; venues that offer experiential opportunities; resort facilities that enable busy participants to subtly mix bu- siness and pleasure," said Herbst. "Our new pro- gram options get attendees out into the sun and onto the water, experiencing the best of the destination while they conduct business, maximizing their work time and increasing productivity with non-traditional activities in highly desirable settings." Three new programs are rolling out this fall: • Vitamin D Breaks: an inspired alternative to traditional coffee service, with fresh fruit juices, fruit-infused water, signature Margaritaville Frozen Concoctions (non-alcoholic) and cold brew coffee plus sunscreen and Evian misters, set-up and served outdoors in the sunshine (many location options available, including the resort pier, marina, Sunset Deck). • H2Ospitality Suite: a fully-equipped yacht anchored at the resort's on-site 37-slip marina. Custom F&B, amenities and enter- tainment • Sun & Sea Venues: non-traditional venues unique to Margaritaville Resort & Marina designed to help attendees experience the destination while they meet. A reception or buffet on the resort pier or marina walkway; a breakout session in a pleasure boat or a team building excursion on a catamaran; a board meeting on the inspirational Sunset Deck with its expansive Gulf view. n Redecorated Pre-function Foyer at the Hotel at Auburn University Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina The Hotel at Auburn university & Dixon Conference Center

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