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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 36 F L O R I D A oceanfront guest rooms, nine restaurants, a championship golf course, a full-service spa, an 80,000-square-foot conference center and a new 11,000-square-foot event lawn. St. Augustine America's oldest city, St. Augustine, is part of Florida's Historic Coast, with 5,800 guest rooms in the metro area, world-famous golf and luxury seaside resorts. Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, a AAA Five Dia- mond Resort, includes The Inn and Club, with 250 guest rooms and suites, and The Lodge and Club, with 66 oceanfront guest rooms. The 25,000 square feet of event space includes a ballroom that can seat up to 450 for dinners or host 750 for receptions. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has 511 guest rooms and 61,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including ex- hibit areas, a ballroom that can host up to 2,500 people, a private beach club venue and 36 breakout rooms. Accommodations range from traditional guest rooms to one- and two-bed- room villas. Guests enjoy privileged access to golf at the adjoining TPC Sawgrass. World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augus- tine Resort has 271 guest rooms with 30 suites and 73,101 square feet of function space. The resort has two championship golf courses and is home to the World Golf Hall of Fame. St. Augustine/Historic Coast Meeting Space: • Lightner Museum: gallery for up to 400 guests • Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College: 795-seat theater • Casa Monica Hotel: 12,000 square feet of event space • Hammock Beach Resort: suite and villa lodging; championship golf courses; 80,000 square feet of indoor and oceanfront event space • Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort: 153 rooms; 4,000 square feet of meeting space • DoubleTree by Hilton St. Augustine His- toric District: 100 guest rooms; meeting space for 200 guests Space Coast Home to the Kennedy Space Center, the Florida Space Coast includes the cities of Titusville, Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Viera and Palm Bay. There are more than 11,000 hotel rooms in the metro area that is just 45 minutes from Orlando. Major meeting facilities include the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa Beach, which has 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, and can seat up to 400 for dinners in the Grand Ballroom. The newest full-service hotel on the Space Coast is the 123-room Holiday Inn Titusville – Kennedy Space Center, which has 1,500 square feet of event space and can seat up to 100 for dinners. The Crowne Plaza Melbourne Ocean- front has 270 guest rooms, 10,000 square feet of indoor space and 6,000 square feet of out- door deck space. DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront has 10,000 square feet of event space and 148 guest rooms with private balconies and Atlantic Ocean views. Space Coast Meetings Space: • Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place: 237 guest rooms; 14,000 square feet of event space • Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront: 295 guest rooms; 10,000 square feet of meeting space • Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach Port Whether you are planning a corporate retreat, a family reunion or association meeting, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals manages properties throughout northwest Florida with guest rooms and event space that can accommodate a wide range of group functions. According to Joyce Serina, Director of Group Sales for ResortQuest Northwest Florida, the local group sales team manages the group bookings of all 2,500 ResortQuest properties from Perdido Key to Panama City Beach, working with event planners for meet- ings, conventions, concerts, weddings and sporting events. "We stay in the know about meeting and group resources for all of our destinations by staying involved with CVBs, venues and chambers of commerce," she said. "Because we are part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, we're tied together with Kaiser Realty prop- erties in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Ala., and with Bahama Bay and Caribe Cove in Orlando. From intimate meeting rooms to soaring banquet halls, ResortQuest has a prop- erty that is a perfect fit for nearly any meeting or group gathering." Among ResortQuest's properties, TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort, located in Miramar Beach, just 10 miles east of Destin, is situated on 52 acres bordered by Gulf Coast beaches and a nature preserve. Accommodations range from condos and villas to single-family homes, while meeting space includes the Cen- tre Court, offering 2,480 square feet of event space for 60 to 200 people; the 648-square- foot Wimbledon room, which can accommo- date gatherings for 20 to 80 guests; and the 980-square-foot Club Café, which seats up to 50 people. All three facilities have Internet ac- cess, as well as A/V availability. On-site tennis courts, a nature trail, and multiple swimming pools and hot tubs are among the amenities. At SunDestin Beach Resort, located in downtown Destin, groups can stay in one-, two-, and three-bedroom condo units facing the gulf and use the 3,000 square feet of meeting space as well as take advantage of the resort's pool, hot tub and sauna. Choosing Waterscape Condominiums in Fort Walton Beach ensures luxurious beach- front accommodations, just steps away from the Emerald Coast Convention Center. n Contact: www.GroupsLoveRQ.com B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals Centre Court at Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort

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