SEP 2018

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┬▓ConventionSouth ┬▓ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 20 SPECIAL FEATURE: CONFERENCE CENTERS THE SOUTH'S GRANDEST VENUES A W I L M I N G TO N C L A S S I C r e i m a g i n e d The Hilton tradition continues with the new Hotel Ballast, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, a boutique hotel perfectly located for both business and pleasure in the heart of Wilmington on the Cape Fear River. 17 MEETING ROOMS WITH OVER 20,000 SQ. FT. OF SPACE FLOOR TO CEILING WINDOWS OVERLOOKING THE CAPE FEAR RIVER LARGEST CAPACITY WATERFRONT BALLROOM IN WILMINGTON WITH THREE DROP-DOWN SCREENS FOR LARGE EVENTS OR DUAL PROJECTION EXECUTIVE BOARDROOM WITH PLASMA SCREENS & UNMATCHED VIEW OF HISTORIC DOWNTOWN 272 FULLY RENOVATED GUEST ROOMS TWO ON-SITE RESTAURANTS: BOARD & BARREL COASTAL KITCHEN RUTH'S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE COFFEE BAR SERVING LOCAL BREWS & GRAB-AND-GO FARE COMPLIMENTARY AIRPORT SHUTTLE H O T E L B A L L A S T.C O M 301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 910.763.5900 I Enjoying a prime spot on the Gulf of Mexico, this resort offers incredible views along with indoor and outdoor spaces and facilities designed to take meetings to the next level. Grandest Aspects:The resort's curved exterior design distinguishes it among neighboring hotels, and the fresh, modern interior incorporates patterns, ma- terials, shapes, and artwork reflective of the coastal destination.All guest rooms have panoramic views and large balconies and every event venue has a fantastic view, providing a continuous sense of place for meetings. The Event Lawn is as close tothe water as you can get. Luxurious amenities: A full-service luxury spa features indoor and outdoor relaxation areas. There's also a zero-entry pool and fitness center along with Sea- Guini restaurant, which creatively merges Italian cuisine and fresh seafood. Curated Experiences: Upon arrival, guests are immersed in a curated art expe- rience designed to complement and highlight the natural beauty of Clearwater Beach. A 3D glass sculpture at the entrance of the property titled "Ascent," rep- resents the changing colors and patterns of the waves.Interactive experiences include sunset cruises, innovative tasting menus, or team building activities on the event lawn. Opal Sands Resort ~ Clearwater Beach, Florida

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