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OCT 2018

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 23 NEW & RENOVATED Sites In The South! incorporate historical touches from the city's arts, tobacco and textile roots. In October of this year, Twin City Quarter will commence another $20 million renovation project in its Marriott property that will include enhancements to guest rooms such as laminate ÀRRUVLQFKIUDPHG79VLPSURYHGOLJKWLQJ and barn (sliding) doors to create more space HI¿FLHQWURRPOD\RXWV7KHSURSHUW\ZLOODOVR introduce the M Club Lounge concept, a new ¿WQHVVFHQWHUDQGDGHVWLQDWLRQUHVWDXUDQWDV part of the effort. "Our guests have really been patient with us over the years," Brooks said, noting that the Embassy Suites will undergo renovations next year. "We do a high number of repeat groups. They were waiting for us to bring the product up to par with other destinations with more upscale products. It gives them a feeling of FRQ¿GHQFHWKDWZHDUHLQYHVWLQJLQRXUSURGXFW to make sure they have the best experience possible." The Big Picture Destination marketing professionals note that expansions and renovations often start a chain reaction in a community, bringing in more development, enhancements and, most impor- tantly, business. Painter said that the opening of the BOK Center in Tulsa 10 years ago served as a catalyst for more hotel space, restaurants and neighborhoods. "The vibrancy downtown now makes it where people want to be," she said. "Now we have some new hotels and more coming on board. Simultaneous to [the Cox Business Center renovation], we are doing a big arena district master plan. This is a piece of something that has become so much bigger." In Fairfax County, Miller said that there are 17 hotels that have been proposed. Acknowl- edging that not all will be built, he emphasized that ongoing development is a sign of a healthy destination product. "You have incredible growth, particularly in the high-technology ¿HOGV´KHVDLG³:HDUHDOVRRQWKHVKRUWOLVW for an Amazon or Apple headquarters. Both of those are big projects and if we get either one of those, the increase in demand is going to be phenomenal." As part of the bigger picture, Miller said that the Metro Rail Silver Line extension to Wash- ington Dulles International Airport set for 2020 will also position the area well for the coming growth. "It's taken many years but we DUHFORVHWRVHHLQJWKH¿QLVKOLQHRQKDYLQJ the metro all the way out to Dulles Airport," Miller said. In addition, the county is steadily "rebuild- ing" its Tysons Corner district, Miller said, to create a more pedestrian-friendly, amenity-rich offering. The Tysons Land Use Task Force has created a vision to incorporate an appropriate mix of commercial, retail and residential with the transit facilities, as well as parks, open space, arts, cultural and community ameni- ties. The project has been called one of the most ambitious re-urbanization projects on the planet by Washingtonian magazine and other media outlets. Q Architectural Details & A Stunning Setting Create A Unique Retreat As you approach The Henderson, A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, in Destin, Florida, you might be reminded of New England as you view lovely wooden buildings arising from the back dunes. This was an intentional conceptual element developed by Cooper Carry, the Atlanta-based architectural firm that designed the beachfront resort to be reminiscent of a grand seaside manor of yesteryear. Much like the original building on the site, the Henderson Park Inn, now a beachside bed & breakfast, The Henderson has some Nantucket shingle-style architecture. But the resort's design also incorporates the romance of traditional Emerald Coast architecture by complementing its stunning natural backdrop with striking shingles, steep gabled rooflines and gardens. Additionally, the welcoming feel of Southern hospitality is provided in the spacious lobby area (or Living Room, as it's called), with lots of large couches and coffee tables and a wall of windows overlooking the white sand beaches and turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A large, lovely porch is a hub of activity, with music, food and drink in the afternoons and incredible views of the sunset looking across the nature preserve and adjacent Henderson State Park. Unique architectural elements and curated local art add to the atmosphere of the 170-room luxury resort. Designed by Cooper Carry to connect guests to the environment, the resort opens to the outside elements with patios, porches and decks situated to take in expansive views of the beach and surrounding community. Other features include 170 luxury guestrooms, a nature-inspired spa, Gulf-to-table cuisine, an octagonal bar with panoramic Gulf views, a rooftop terrace, two outdoor swimming pools, 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, and private beach access. Q

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