ConventionSouth

DEC 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C E M 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 8 Florida Foodie TV Series "Crave GFL" Launched FORT LAUDERDALE — The Greater Fort Lauderdale Conven- tion & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) recently launched its original foodie series "Crave GFL" on Hello Sunny TV Network. Hosted by Blue Arauz, Yelp's senior community di- rector for Broward-Palm Beach, the show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET and can be watched at www.sunny. org/tv or on demand. "Greater Fort Lauderdale has an extraordinary culinary scene and we are so excited to showcase our eclectic mix of foods, growing brewery scene and top chefs putting creative twists to their dishes," said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO at GFLCVB. "We have so many restaurants to offer and discover, and I know that residents and visi- tors will find 'Crave GFL' entertain- ing and informative." Arauz takes viewers on behind- the-scenes tours of some of Greater Fort Lauderdale's most sought-after restaurants, bars and breweries. He also interacts with chefs and tastes mouthwatering dishes and delectable drinks. "Crave GFL is a great way for viewers to get a flavor of our local cuisine," said Arauz. "I'm excited to help uncover lesser-known yet incredible spots and emerging restaurants, as well as rediscover well-known staples." Meeting Spaces Renovated MIAMI BEACH — The Confi- dante Miami Beach recently un- veiled a $3.5 million renovation to its meeting and event space. In Oc- tober, the property completed tech- nology and design enhancements to nearly all of its 10,000 square feet of indoor multifunctional spaces that can accommodate meetings and events for up to 150 people. Ad- ditionally, the beachfront hotel's backyard and pool area offers 5,000 square feet of outdoor space to accommodate functions of up to 1,000 people. In late 2016, the hotel renovated its historic freestanding Spanish-style backyard bungalow, the 1930s House, a private function space featuring a unique setting of vintage surf, skate and rock culture. The Confidante also offers the Vista Terrace, a rooftop function area with retractable enclosure and views of iconic Miami Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. AC Hotel Miami Aventura Open MIAMI— The recent opening of the AC Hotel Miami Aventura by Marriott was celebrated with a rib- bon-cutting ceremony and cocktail reception. Aventura Mayor Enid Weisman, along with members of the City Commission and South Florida business leaders, welcomed the new property to the city. The 233-room hotel has 2,871 square feet of meeting space that can ac- commodate 100 people. Exclusive Partnership Announced WEST PALM BEACH — The Hilton West Palm Beach recently launched an exclusive partnership with the historic Harriet Himmel Theater in Downtown West Palm Beach. The 400-room hotel now ex- ecutes and services all events within the 4,500-square-foot theater, which accommodates 600 guests. Built in Spanish-Colonial revival style with grand archways, hard- wood floors, a 3,500-square-foot balcony and spacious lobby, the theater was originally a Methodist church in 1926 and was refurbished as a an event space and theater in 2000. Jaimie Hart, the hotel's event manager, leads all event efforts at the iconic theater and works with the catering team at Hilton West Palm Beach. "Jaimie's creative mind and attention to detail is an integral part in making this part- nership successful," said John Par- kinson, general manager of Hilton West Palm Beach. "We are eager to create more synergy downtown and to facilitate lavish events at the Harriet Himmel Theater." Louisiana Le Pavillon Hotel Unveils Signature Suites NEW ORLEANS — Le Pav- illon Hotel recently created seven one-of-a-kind suites at the historic 226-room property. Each suite is distinctly designed and reflects a component of the city's story. "The suite enhancements are a nod to Le Pavillon Hotel's role in the New Orleans story, while the upgraded amenities showcase our commitment to a superior guest experience," said Samuel Atwood, general manager of Le Pavillon. "Our design team truly embraced the history of Le Pavillon, the his- across the PALM COAST, Fla. — The Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort, a Jack Nick- laus Signature Course, re-opened in No- vember following a 13-month restoration project. A ceremonial event, attended by golf, tourism and elected officials, fea- tured a first tee foursome consisting of Lee Elder, the barrier-breaking, four-time PGA TOUR winner; Ivan Lendl, member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame; Brad Hauer, the resort's director of golf; and Paul Propis, vice president of the re- sort's board of governors and golf com- mittee chairman. The course had been closed since October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew caused damage across the majority of its holes. The resort is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and is part of the Salamander Golf Collection. In addition, Salamander also re-opened its North Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa Bay in November. The course, designed by Larry Pack- ard, had been closed for four months for a renova- tion of its greens. n Ocean Course at Hammock Beach Resort Re-opens

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