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 58 G E O R G I A Center: 60,000 square feet of meeting space; 38,000-square-foot ballroom; 372 guest rooms • Augusta Entertainment Complex: 70,000 square feet of meeting space; 23,000-square-foot ballroom; 14,000-square- foot exhibit hall; 11 meeting rooms; 8,000-seat arena; 2,800-seat theater • Sacred Heart Cultural Center: auditorium- style seating for up to 600 • Enterprise Mill Events Center: the main room accommodates up to 250; the Courtyard Gazebo accommodates up to 750 Brunswick/Golden Isles The Golden Isles CVB is the official destination marketing organization for Glynn County, Ga., which includes Brunswick, St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Sea Island. All are located on and just-off the deep Southeastern coast of Georgia and have beautiful sand-and-seascapes that offer luxurious resort accommodations, exceptional recreational oppor- tunities and upscale meeting spaces. Brunswick serves as the primary mainland access point and has a waterfront park on the East River featuring The Liberty Ship Memorial Plaza, where you can view a scale model of a Liberty Ship. The city's historic downtown includes a number of restaurants and shops, the late-19th century Old City Hall, with a distinctive clock tower, and the Historic Ritz Theatre, originally built as an opera house in 1898. There have been several new additions on the Sea Island. The 265-room Cloister at Sea Island, a Forbes Five-Star property, added 63 rooms last year in its new Garden Wing, a new 5,000-square-foot ballroom and a new adult pool, according to Merry Tipton, director of marketing communication for the property. Tipton added that the new ballroom was created because of the increasing demand for group activities at Sea Island. At The Lodge, a smaller facility nestled be- tween two of Sea Island's three championship golf courses, three new sleeping rooms were recently added and meeting space was increased with an expansion of the Trophy Room, which pays homage to the property's great golfing heritage. "And on the drawing board for next year we're adding six new cottages that add 14 new sleeping rooms, added Tipton. "We're also adding a pool overlooking the ocean and a pool amenities building. (For more information see breakout spotlight on page 61.) Sea Palms Resort on St. Simons Island recently added a nine-hole foot golf course and is the only location in the Golden Isles where visitors can learn how to play the fast-growing game. Essen- tially, foot golf is played by kicking a soccer ball across the green and into a large cup. The course is alongside the fairways of the nine-hole West Course and can be played without interrupting conventional golfers. Golden Isles Venues: • The Cloister/The Lodge/The Inn (Sea Island): The Cloister/The Lodge/The Inn (Sea Island): more than 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, an island full of outdoor op- tions; 2 ballrooms; 7 meeting rooms; 390 guest rooms in 3 primary lodgings plus 130 rentable cottages; the only resort in the world to achieve 4 Forbes Five-Stars nine years in a row • Jekyll Island Convention Center: 128,000-square-foot oceanfront facility; 78,000 square feet of function space; 45,000-square- foot ballroom/exhibit hall; 11 meeting rooms; Silver LEED certified • The Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center: more than 15,000 square feet of meeting space; three venues; 125 guest rooms; 5,000-acre luxury oceanfront resort • The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort: 10,000 square feet of meeting and The fact that Peachtree City has a first- class hotel, the Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW - Peachtree City with 63,000 square feet of meeting space, is evidence the city is prime meeting territory. The fact that the lodging is undergoing significant renova- tions proves that the brand's management understands the need to continually upgrade its offerings at such an important meeting venue. To that end, the Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW - Peachtree City is currently making major renovations to its guest rooms, all public areas, the conference center and 201 Restaurant. In addition to all the ample high-quality meeting space it offers, Crowne Plaza Atlanta SW - Peachtree City has several practices much appreciated by meetings planners: a two-hour response to RFPs, a dedicated contact person for an entire event and daily meeting debriefings with an itemized daily list of expenses. Peachtree City offers an extraordinarily well-rounded experience to visitors for business or pleasure or, as is so often the case with conference attendees, some of both. "Peachtree City is perfect for conventions, family fun, sports tournaments, reunions and outdoor recreation," said Eric Matos, Peachtree City CVB director of sales. "It's where Southern hospitality and charm meet resort style living, active lifestyles, relaxation and leisure!" Matos also noted Peachtree City's signa- ture transportation method. "Rent one of Peachtree City's signature vehicles and it will be waiting at your hotel. Learn how much better life can be at 15 mph on nearly 100 miles of multi-use recreational and golf cart paths. And you might want to take in The Southern Hollywood Film Tour. The tour goes to sites where filming took place on a variety of projects including the television series 'Drop Dead Diva' and films such as 'Sweet Home Alabama' and 'Joyful Noise.'" n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Peachtree City Contact: Crowne Plaza Peachtree City

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