APR 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 34 F L O R I D A Filled with light and with state-of-the-art amenities, the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach is surrounded by dozens of accom- modations, restaurants, shops and attrac- tions. "The Atlantic Ocean and beautiful Volusia County beaches are only 400 feet away, and the convention center's second floor has perfect views of both," said An- gela Daniels, director of sales, marketing and event services. "The unique architec- ture, dramatic pre-event areas, and capti- vating permanent and rotating art galleries make the Ocean Center a unique venue." The 205,000-square-foot facility has 32 meeting and breakout rooms, a 42,000-seat arena and can host more than 9,000 for meetings. Daniels noted that the Ocean Center enjoys strong repeat business because of "the exceptional service provided by staff members with years of hospitality experi- ence, and our delectable cuisine and food presentations. Not to mention 300 days of sunshine, easy access with Daytona Inter- national Airport in only 10 minutes and plenty of activities for attendees to enjoy after their meetings." Entertainment options abound at Ocean Walk Village, just across the street from the convention center and connected to the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort. Dining choices, many with ocean views, range from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Johnny Rocket's to Sloppy Joe's and the Mai Tai Bar, with shops including Maui Nix, the Sunglass Hut and Point Break of- fering beach gear. The 10-screen Paragon Theaters often hosts special events as well as the latest cinematic releases. n Contact: Parks system, the attraction now boasts a river- boat cruise, a native animal show and Florida's only spring-fed water park, Buccaneer Bay. The Chinsegut Hill Retreat, just north of Brooksville, is where the boardroom meets the backwoods for corporate meetings and team-building sessions in a setting both rustic and elegant. Seven cottages accommodate up to 56 guests and a 75-seat dining hall, a 75-seat classroom and other meeting facilities occupy the 160-year-old Manor House. Crystal River The Plantation on Crystal River, on the Nature Coast of Florida, is surrounded by the natural springs of King's Bay, designated an Out- standing Florida Waterway. Easily accessed from Tampa or Orlando by air and anywhere in Florida by car, the eco-friendly luxury re- sort hotel can accommodate 500 participants, has 12,000 square feet of meeting facilities and offers state-of-the-art meeting services including Wi-Fi and full A/V support. The 15 meeting spaces range from 400 to 1,500 square feet, and the 3,000-square-foot Magno- lia Ballroom has a covered veranda. Many of the 196 guest rooms, 18 villas and condos, and 10 junior suites have golf course views and The Plantation offers boat tours and water activities while the resort's four restau- rants provide varied dining options. NORTHEAST & CENTRAL FLORIDA Amelia Island On the Atlantic Ocean at the most northern point of Florida, Amelia Island offers a variety of meeting destinations with tranquil resorts and bustling small towns. In the heart of historic Fernandina Beach, the Hampton Inn and Suites is a boutique-style hotel with 122 rooms, 59 suites and a meet- ing capacity of up to 120 people. The hotel is within easy walking distance of more than 50 restaurants, shops and museums. About six miles south of town, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is an oceanfront resort with 13 miles of coastline, four restau- rants, on-site tennis and a private golf course. The 446-room hotel has 48,0000 square feet of indoor event space plus several outdoor venues. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a full-service property situated on 1,350 acres near the southern tip of the island, with 404 ► B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Ocean Center Entertainment Complex Ocean Walk Village

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