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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 43 Sponsored Content Southern Resorts Selection Guide estled along the emerald waters and powder white sands of one of Ameri- ca's top-rated beaches, and adjacent to the pristine 208-acre Henderson Beach State Park, The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, is one of the first luxury resorts to open along Florida's Gulf Coast in a generation. Reminiscent of a luxurious grand seaside manor of yesteryear, the resort features 170 spacious guestrooms and suites, a nature-inspired spa, Gulf-to-table cuisine, 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space, accompanied by a spectacular beach experience. Creating a sense of arrival, guests are welcomed by the grand courtyard, leading them to an expan- sive living room. Beyond floor-to-ceiling windows lie magnificent views of Henderson Beach State Park & Preserve and beach. Specifically designed to connect guests to the environment, the resort is infused with several gathering areas. The Henderson features 10,000 square feet of event space, including a dedicated meeting wing, a spectacular 5,221-square-foot Grand Ballroom (The Crystal Ballroom), a 1,254-square-foot Junior Ballroom (The Destin Ballroom), a private dining room and boardrooms, including the 1,000-square- foot Hospitality Suite (Dunavant Boardroom), as well as 20,000 square feet of outdoor spaces, in- cluding lush lawns, a rooftop terrace, and unrivaled oceanfront function locations. Exclusive services curate the ideal coastal convention. An assembly of sales experts and planners carefully cater to meetings and events of all capacity. "I'm excited to have such a seasoned team of Henderson sales experts and property event planners, working in conjunction with the support of our corporate Salamander sales representatives," said Henderson Beach Resort General Manager Douglas Hustad. "With a strong focus on ensur- ing an effective meeting combined with seamless service, our 30,000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor flexible space makes us an ideal option for any corporate or social gathering." Destin is a burgeoning destination within a one- day drive of Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, and also easily accessible by air. Its three area airports have seen a surge in expanded service, especially from the Midwest and Northeast, with more than 200 daily departures and arrivals from cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Tampa and Washington, D.C. Dunavant Enterprises, Inc., which owns the resort hotel, has engaged Sheila C. Johnson's Salamander Hotels & Resorts, one of the country's top luxury hotel companies, to manage operations. The Henderson is the anchor hotel of still-devel- oping Henderson Beach Resort: future phases of which include condominiums and villa-style resort accommodations. About The Henderson The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Re- sort, is located along one of America's top beaches in Destin, Florida and adjacent to the pristine 208- acre Henderson Beach State Park. Reminiscent of a luxurious grand seaside manor of yesteryear, the resort features 170 spacious guestrooms and suites, a nature-inspired spa, Gulf-to-Table cuisine, 10,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, and 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space. It is the anchor of Henderson Beach Resort, which is owned by Memphis-based Dunavant Enterprises, Inc., and is managed by Salamander Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel management company founded by Sheila C. Johnson. For additional information, visit www.hendersonbeachresort.com. About Salamander Hotels & Resorts Salamander Hotels & Resorts is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entre- preneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company has a portfolio that features a collection of three stellar golf resorts including Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Reunion Resort in Orlando and Ham- mock Beach Resort in Palm Coast; the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, a 340- acre equestrian-inspired property near Washing- ton, D.C.; and the finest resort built in a generation on Florida's Gulf Coast, Henderson Beach Resort in Destin. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit www.salamanderhotels.com. n See Ad On Page 3 The Henderson, Offering A Southern Seaside Setting N The Henderson (850) 424-4533 gwhitacre@hendersonbeachresort.com www.hendersonbeachresort.com Greg Whitacre, Director of Group Sales Greg Whitacre brings to his sales role more than 20 years of results-driven sales and leadership. Prior to joining The Henderson, Whitacre was area vice president of sales for Marriot International, Inc. He was the regional vice president in Chicago and New York with Martiz, Inc. He also owned and operated, G-FORCE Incentives, Meetings & Events, which he founded in 1997.

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