MAY 2017

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M A Y 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 21 RESORT MEETINGS Gold Strike Casino Resort Tunica, Mississippi At Gold Strike Casino Resort, MGM Resorts International's 1,200-room resort located 20 minutes south of Memphis in Tunica, groups can enjoy an expansive 50,000-square-foot gaming area, including a smoke-free second floor, with 59 table games and more than 1,100 slot machines. The property also offers an indoor pool, a refreshing spa, the 800-seat Mil- lennium Theatre, Atrium Café, Chicago Steakhouse and Buffet Americana. With 30,000 square feet of space, the convention center includes an elegantly appointed 10,000-square-foot grand ballroom, large pre-function area and auxiliary meeting rooms. Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center Galveston, Texas On-site options abound at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. There's a Texas-sized outdoor heated pool with swim-up bar, adult area and cabanas. Indoors, groups can enjoy the full-service Spa, fine & ca- sual dining outlets, an indoor lap pool, fitness center and the Garden Cay Ac- tivity Room. Other on-site attractions to explore are housed in the Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery Pyramid. Additionally, the facility offers MG 3D and 4D Special FX Theaters, the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, a Ropes Course and Zip Line and Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SubPants Adventure. Palm Beach, which features a lazy river, tower slides and a wave pool, can be reserved for group functions. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Miramar Beach, Florida Located near Destin, along the sugar-white sands and emer- ald-green waters of northwest Florida's Gulf Coast in South Walton County, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa takes an innovative approach to team building. The area's largest full-ser- vice beachfront resort hotel offers Hilton Quest scavenger hunts, NightSpiker glow-in-the-dark beach volleyball, beach cookouts and fireworks along the shore. Other popular options include Castaway Beach Bowling, Crab Chases, Centipede Shuffles and Raft Races. Serving groups from 10 to more than 2,000 participants, the resort also has a world-class spa and a state-of-the-art fitness center. There are 602 guest rooms, more than 40,000 square feet of meet- ing space and six dining venues, including the Emerald Coast's only AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse.

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