OCT 2017

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O C T O B E R 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 61 G E O R G I A • The Allman Brothers Museum at The Big House – loaded with Allman Brothers Band memorabilia Macon Venues: • Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center: 102,000-square-foot facility; 30,800-square- foot Exhibition Hall; 9,100-square-foot ball- room; 11 meeting rooms; five breakout rooms; part of the Centreplex • Macon City Auditorium: Assembly Hall seats 2,700; Great Hall seats 2,700; part of the Centreplex • Macon City Coliseum: 9,000 capacity; adjoining 7,068-square-foot meeting/banquet room; part of Centreplex • Macon Marriott City Center: Over 60,000 square feet of Convention Center Space which includes: Exhibition Hall; 21 breakout rooms; ballroom that's sub-dividable; spacious pre-function area • Anderson Conference Center: 15,000 square feet of meeting space; 8,630-square-foot ballroom; atrium can accommodate up to 850 for receptions • Middle Georgia State University Professional Center: 4,550-square-foot ► Sea Island is by any standard a gorgeous locale with an exceptional and luxurious resort. The commitment of ownership and staff to excellence is clearly underlined in the property's singular achievement of being awarded 4 Forbes Five-Stars nine years in a row – for The Cloister, The Lodge and The Spa at Sea Island and The Georgian Room, the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant in the state. As another indication of the resort's high profile and standards, "Sea Island is the only resort in the United States to host a G8 Summit, which is evidence of an extraordinary level of service, in addition to the quality of the facilities, and security we provide," said Director of Marketing Communication Merry Tipton. "We think that speaks very well to a meeting planner about the kind of experience they can expect for their attendees." It was during the most recent Bush presidency that the prestigious annual meeting of the leaders of the eight largest industrial nations met at Sea Island to discuss major issues of the day. Despite such high-level accolades Tipton says the Sea Island staff and atmosphere are "anything but" formal and stuffy. "We are a comfortable—elegant, but comfortable —place to be. We provide a heartfelt sense of Southern hospitality." Located on Sea Island, The Cloister is an elegant building with a nouveau Mediterranean design. The 265-room multi-faceted Cloister includes rooms and suites in the Main Building and adjacent wings, suites in the Sea Island Beach Club, and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom accom- modations in The Cloister Ocean Residences. Situated between two of Sea Island's three championship golf courses, The Lodge is an exclusive 43-room hotel with first-class amenities throughout, personal butler service, and a daily sundown performance by the resort's resident bagpiper. The 85-room Inn at Sea Island provides casual, comfortable accom- modations and offers complimentary transportation over the few miles to the Sea Island resort and the Sea Island Golf Club. Guests may have access to all Sea Island amenities to enjoy the Beach Club, golf, spa and dining. Another lodging option, the 130 rentable Sea Island Cottages range from three to eight bedrooms each, and offer complete access to dining, golf, spa, and resort privileges at The Cloister and The Lodge. A wide range of dining options are spread out among Sea Island's resort, ranging from quick sandwiches to casual eateries to extraordinary fine dining, along with a few lounges. But the activities available at Sea Island are as important as the exceptional lodging and dining. Recreation options are plentiful including great golf, of course, but also tennis, swimming, watersports, shooting, fishing, horseback riding, falconry, tennis and squash. "We have a river, the ocean, a salt marsh – we relish providing outdoor experiences and we can customize them to be whatever a group wants them to be," Tipton said. One experience that has been particularly well received is the Sea Island Sprint, similar to TV's "Amazing Race." Tipton explained, "We customize it for a variety of experiences to take attendees all over the resort. It's a team-building exercise but at the same time it is a great deal of fun." Cast and Blast, another popular activity, utilizes the property's shooting school and sporting clay fields, two skeet ranges and trap field, along with the various fishing opportunities at the coastal site. Here, too, Tipton stresses the customizability of the activities. There are four airports in the Sea Island area – a small airport suitable for private planes just a mile from The Lodge, the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport with several Delta flights out of Atlanta every day, Savan- nah-Hilton Head Airport and Jacksonville International Airport. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Sea Island Contact: Sea Island Beach Club suite

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