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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 44 S O U T H C A R O L I N A as a Top Business-Class Resort, a Southern Hospitality Hotel and a Best Boardroom. A new $80 million resort development is expected to be completed by summer 2016. The South Forest Beach Resort is a Hilton Grand Va- cations property and its 125 two-bedroom suites will sit on a seven-acre beachfront site. All together, Hilton Head Island has more than 3,000 hotel rooms, 6,000 villas, 150,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 250 restaurants – plus 12 miles of white sand beaches. On the infrastructure side of things, Hilton Head has a master plan calling for significant improvements to its major roadways, street- scapes and parking spaces; its walkways for pedestrians; and the creation of a destination park and playground. Construction has already begun at a 40-year-old shopping destination that is being redeveloped and transformed into Sea Turtle Marketplace. Hilton Head Island Charleston Plantation Hilton Head Visitor & Convention Bureau Charleston Area CVB In the northeastern part of the state, Spartan- burg was once a textile manufacturing center and remains known as the "hub city" due to its easy connections to other destinations. Today, Spartanburg is home to a diversity of manufacturing, including BMW's only North American facility, which offers the BMW Zentrum Museum and plant tour. Situated nearby in the heart of down- town, The Spartanburg Marriott offers 240 guest rooms and seven suites, along with 30,876 square feet of flexible, state-of- the-art meeting and event space. There are 27 event rooms, three boardrooms and the 11,340-square-foot Spartanburg Marriott Heritage Ballroom with space for 1,500 guests. For added convenience, the hotel is close to the Greenville-South Carolina International Airport. This 2014 ConventionSouth Reader's Choice Award-winning property also fea- tures several dining options on site, including Sparks Fire-Inspired Grill, specializing in regional farm-to-fork specialities, Mesh, a contemporary bar and lounge with local and craft beers, and The Terrace, an outdoor dining venue featuring signature hand-made cocktails. Other nearby attractions include Morgan Square, the city's original public square dating back to 1787, Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. Around the city, groups will find hiking trails, rivers to fish and raft, historic sites, museums and entertainment venues. Contact: www.marriott.com/SPAMC B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Spartanburg Marriott Spartanburg Marriott exterior