AUG 2014

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2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 19 Amelia Island Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island 19 S Second St. Fernandina Beach (32034) Phone: (904) 491-4911 Fax: (904) 491-4910 Contact: Bill Pennington, Dir. of Sales Celeste Christian, Sales Mgr. E-Mail: Website: www.hamptoninnand Guest Rooms: 122 /Suites: 59 Mtg. Rms: 3 /Sq. Ft. Lgst. Rm: 1,512 Cap. Mtg: 120 /Cap. Bnqt: 120 Total Sq. Ft: 1,700 Why: Complimentary amenities include daily hot breakfast buff room; 2nd floor outdoor pool. Differentia: Walking distance to 40 restaurants, shops, taverns, overlooking the harbor—heart of historic district. Beaches of South Walton Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa 4000 Sandestin Blvd. S, Destin (32550) Phone: (850) 267-9600 Toll Free: (877) 705-6641 Fax: (850) 267-3076 Contact: Matthew Price, Dir. of Sales/Event Planning E-Mail: Website: Facebook: hiltonsandestinbeach Twitter: Guest Rooms: 602 /Suites: 27 Mtg. Rms: 20 /Sq. Ft. Lgst. Rm: 9,504 Cap. Mtg: 1,055 /Cap. Bnqt: 1,000 Total Sq. Ft: 40,000 Why: A singular location on the sugar white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, waters frame every experience. On-site A/V, event services, golf, tennis, full-serv- marine activities, multiple restaurants/ lounges, tram service to resort amenities Differentia: Northwest Floridaʼs largest full-service beachfront resort hotel with 40,000 square feet of award-winning feet outdoors with recent completion of a $20 million hotel-wide renovation in March 2014. Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W Destin (32550) Toll Free: (866) 626-9215 Fax: (850) 267-8097 Contact: Dan Keyser, Exec. Dir. of Sales Deidra Stange, Dir. of Regional Sales E-Mail: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: LinkedIn: sandestin-golf-and-beach-resort YouTube: sandestinresort Guest Rooms: 1,265 /Suites: 166 Mtg. Rms: 40 /Sq. Ft. Lgst. Rm: 13,500 Cap. Mtg: 1,550 /Cap. Bnqt: 850 Total Sq. Ft: 65,000 Why: Sandestin is recognized as a pre- capturing the industryʼs highest awards. With 65,000 square feet of flexible meet- ing space, Sandestinʼs facilities accommo- date groups from 10 to 1,600. Differentia: Sandestin, the #1 resort in Destin, features 2,400 acres, 1,200 pristine bay front, championship golf SEE AD ON PG. 20 + WATCH A VIDEO ON THIS SITE'S ONLINE LISTING Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort 546 Mary Esther Cut Off, Suite 3 Fort Walton Beach (32548) 9011 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W Miramar Beach (32550) Toll Free: (866) 934-9171 Contact: Lauren Granger, Sales Mgr. Joyce Danser, Dir. of Group Sales E-Mail: Website: Facebook: topslbeachandracquetresort Twitter: Pinterest: YouTube: resortquestvideo Suites: 290 Mtg. Rms: 3 /Sq. Ft. Lgst. Rm: 2,480 Cap. Mtg: 200 /Cap. Bnqt: 150 Total Sq. Ft: 3,128 Why: Award-winning resort offers on-site Tiki bar. The tennis center has certified grams, an exercise facility, a racquetball with massage therapy. Differentia: Ranked by Tennis Magazine as "A Top 50 U.S. Tennis Resort." Topsʼl sugar-white sands, emerald-green waters Topsail Hill State Preserve. SEE AD ON PG. 21 + WATCH A VIDEO ON THIS SITE'S ONLINE LISTING Boca Grande The Gasparilla Inn & Club P. O. Box 1088 500 Palm Ave. (33921) Phone: (941) 964-4500 Toll Free: (877) 996-1913 Fax: (941) 964-4509 Contact: Jamie Kuligowski, Sales Mgr. Esme Pitard, Dir E-Mail: Website: Guest Rooms: 142 /Suites: 35 Mtg. Rms: 7 /Sq. Ft. Lgst. Rm: 2,346 Cap. Mtg: 300 /Cap. Bnqt: 350+ Total Sq. Ft: 7,000 Why: Business center, complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, in house A/V services, championship golf course, beach club, fitness center, award- Differentia: Since 1913 The Gasparilla mier destinations on Floridaʼs Gulf Coast. Central Florida Visit Central Florida - Polk County 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road Auburndale (33823) Phone: (863) 551-4709 Toll Free: (800) 828-7655 Fax: (863) 551-4740 Contact: Carol DeHaven, Conv. Sales E-Mail: Website: Metro Area Rooms: 6,500 Largest Room Block: 700 Area Population: 615,000 Why: conventions—Central Floridaʼs Polk County, Tampa. A relaxing atmosphere where delegates can get down to business! Differentia: Newly opened, Streamsong the surrounding landscape—the idyllic Cocoa Beach Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism 430 Brevard Ave., Suite 150 Cocoa Village (32922) Phone: (321) 433-4470 Toll Free: (877) 572-3224 Fax: (321) 433-4476 Contact: Robert Varley, Exec. Dir. Bonnie King, Sales Dir. E-Mail: Website: Facebook: visitspacecoast Twitter: Pinterest: authenticfla/floridas-space-coast YouTube: floridaspacecoast Metro Area Rooms: 11,000 Largest Room Block: 500 Area Population: 563,000 Why: Contact us for our meeting planner e can dis- tribute your RFP assist you with many services. Differentia: Visit Floridaʼs Space Coast— the closest beaches to the Orlando area Center. Contact us for our meeting plan- ner guide! Daytona Beach Peabody Auditorium (City of Daytona Beach Cultural Services) P. O. Box 2451 (32115) 600 Auditorium Blvd. (32118) Phone: (386) 671-3461 Fax: (386) 671-3959 Contact: Helen Riger, Director Jill Jaquet, Manager E-Mail: Website: Mtg. Rms: 2 /Total Sq. Ft: 9,100 Sq. Ft. Contiguous: 4,000 Cap. Mtg: 2,521 /Cap. Bnqt: 250 Arena Cap: 2,521 Cap. of Theater: 2,521 Why: block from the beach, the newly renovated Peabody Auditorium houses many con- Broadway in Daytona Beach. Differentia: The auditorium is often used for receptions. Amenities include sound Additional A/V equipment is available. Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort 100 N Atlantic Ave. (32118) Toll Free: (800) 223-1056 Fax: (386) 253-8841 Contact: Lisa Shavatt, Dir. of Sales/Mktg. E-Mail: Website: meetings-conventions.shtml Guest Rooms: 744 /Suites: 32 Mtg. Rms: 30 /Sq. Ft. Lgst. Rm: 18,000 Cap. Mtg: 2,000 /Cap. Bnqt: 1,700 Total Sq. Ft: 60,000 Why: On-site full-service FedEx Office business center, wireless Internet through- out hotel, full-service in-house A/V depart- ment, award winning banquet staff 24-hour fitness center. Differentia: The Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort is located directly on the beach across from the Ocean Center Convention Center—only minutes from Daytona International Airport; 60,000 Oceanside Inn 1909 S Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach Shores (32118) Phone: (386) 255-4492, ext. 1732 Toll Free: (800) 224-5056 Fax: (386) 224-5056 Contact: Jenean Chavey, Sr. Sales Mgr. E-Mail: Website: Facebook: daytonaoceansideinn Twitter: Pinterest: daytona-beach-oceanside-inn YouTube: sunstreamresorts Guest Rooms: 171 Mtg. Rms: 1 /Total Sq. Ft: 2,500 Cap. Mtg: 170 /Cap. Bnqt: 250 Why: Business center, wireless Internet access, lounge, restaurant, outdoor pool, poolside Tiki bar. Differentia: 2,250 square feet of meeting space on the quieter side of Daytona Beach. SEE AD ON PG. 2 + WATCH A VIDEO ON THIS SITE'S ONLINE LISTING Destin • Fort Walton Beach Emerald Coast CVB Inc. P. O. Box 609 Fort Walton Beach (32549-0609) 1540 Miracle Strip Pkwy. SE (32548) Phone: (850) 651-7647 Toll Free: (800) 322-3319 Fax: (850) 651-7130 Contact: Sherry Rushing, Travel Industry Sales Dir. Camille Fournier, Travel Industry Sales Coord. E-Mail: Website: Metro Area Rooms: 13,000 Largest Room Block: 700 City Population: 80,000 Area Population: 187,654 Why: 35,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space in the Emerald Coast Convention tion-units. Golf, spas, tennis, fishing, to refresh your business spirit! Differentia: 24 miles of sugar-white your business stress away. One of the "Top 10 Most Beautiful Places" (Good Morning America), "Top 25 Destinations in the US" (Trip Advisor), "Top Beach in the US" (USA Today) professional staff assist with your next meeting or convention. Florida

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