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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 47 S O U T H C A R O L I N A L O W C O U N T R Y Hilton Head Brings A Distinguished Renaissance Located within a short drive from Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head Island, S.C., is a resort area to play golf, dine at incredible restaurants and shop until you drop. The signature red and white striped Harbour Town Golf Links Lighthouse distinguishes the resort area as a world-renowned golf paradise. Additional teambuilding activities like kayaking are also quite popular. "Customized teambuilding experiences with Outside Hilton Head allow participants to kayak to an island and participate in a number of challenges and programs," said Jack Reed, director of sales with the Hilton Head Island Visitor and Convention Bureau. And, maritime research is a teambuilding program where guests enjoy the beauty of the island while diving into the world below. "As an island, Hilton Head is a unique destination; however, tree canopy ziplines, natural dolphin habitat water tours, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach yoga and more mean an island experience not found in many locations," Reed said. "Hilton Head is home to 24 golf courses and we're an island 12 miles long, and five miles wide." A restful ambience where visitors can see the stars at night is available due to the lack of street lights. Yet there are plenty of festivities such as the Concours Motoring Festival, one of the top three events of its kind in the world. "Hilton Head Island is undergoing a renaissance of sorts with over $250 million in capital reinvestment and some of our resorts are reporting record-breaking occupancy numbers," Reed said. "All of our major prop- erties have undergone extensive renovations, or are about to do so, including: ■ Sonesta Resort Hilton Head, which recently unveiled a $30 million new look and feel that's "coastal chic;" ■ Omni Oceanfront Resort, which received $18 million in upgrades to common areas, including a new ocean- front pool. Rooms are set for a total renovation starting this year; ■ Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa, which has begun $15 million in renova- tions and upgrades. ■ The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort that has completed a $5 million renova- tion and plans additional renovations, according to the new owners. Additional renovations and upgrades have been made to Sea Pines Resort and The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa. ■