OCT 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² O C T O 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 8 Florida New VP Of Sales MIAMI — Fontainebleau Miami Beach recently announced the promotion of Kevin Bryant as vice president of sales for the iconic Miami Beach property. Bryant returned to the resort as executive director of sales earlier this year after serving as corporate direc- tor of revenue management at Fontainebleau's parent company, Turnberry. As vice president of sales, he will provide a strategic approach to overseeing the hotel's group and leisure sales teams. "Since his return, Kevin has made great strides leading our successful sales team," said Phil Goldfarb, president and chief op- erating officer of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. "We are elated to name him vice president of sales as he continues to accomplish and exceed our sales goals and con- tribute to Fontainebleau's overall growth." Resort Expansion Announced LAKE BUENA VISTA — The Walt Disney World Swan and Dol- phin Resort recently announced plans to expand, with a new structure to be located next to the Swan Resort on the current site of the tennis courts. The project is expected to break ground this fall and be completed in the fall of 2020. It will be open for group bookings beginning March 1, 2021. The new tower will be 14 stories and will include: • Meeting and rooftop space: more than 22,000 square feet of meet- ing space, including two ball- rooms, 12 meeting rooms and a rooftop reception space offering spectacular views of the nightly Walt Disney World fireworks • Guest rooms: 349 guest rooms, including 151 suites featuring separate working and private spaces, built-in A/V system, large conference table and other features designed to create the perfect collaboration space • Outdoor space: landscaped 16,800-square-foot elevated deck with a fire pit and pool • Restaurant: 90-seat restaurant and a 50-seat lounge • Other amenities: health club, business center, grab-and-go market, upscale craft cocktail lobby bar and Disney benefits "This is another significant phase for the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort," said Fred Sawyers, the resort's general manager. "We're excited about the resort's continued evolution and the new experience it will provide for our guests." "This new resort is designed to allow us to better meet the needs of meetings and groups," said Gino Marasco, director of sales and marketing for the resort. "Its unique new features will comple- ment our location, recent renova- tion and service to give planners even more options to enjoy." The expansion follows a $150 million transformation of the resort's guest rooms, lobby areas and all meeting spaces. Once the new tower is completed, the resort will offer more than 2,600 guest- rooms and 350,000 square feet of meeting space. Grand Renovation Underway NAPLES — Naples Grande Beach Resort has announced a $3 million transformative renovation of its meeting and event spaces. Work started in September on enhance- ments to the resort's ballroom level. When completed, the spaces will offer the latest upgrades in modern technology along with a new coastal-inspired design. These renovations will be the latest set of changes to the resort following its multi-million-dollar renovation post-Hurricane Irma. The 474-room resort is situated on 23 waterfront acres, adjoined by a pristine 200-acre nature pre- serve, and offers 83,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. "We are thrilled to announce this new renovation to Royal Palm Ballroom, Orchid Ballroom and its adjacent foyers, breakout rooms and business center," said Frank Cavella, director of sales and marketing for the property. "Our meeting and event spaces are one of our greatest strengths. Customers love that everything is on one floor and has an abundance of natural light with excellent lines of sight. This renovation further improves our positioning by en- hancing our technology systems and design." Technology upgrades include the addition of three resortwide digital reader boards highlighting the day's events, wayfinding maps and daily local weather and other information useful to guests. Dig- across the BOCA RATON — An $8.2 million transformation of the 112-room Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, will be completed in November 2018. Following an extensive internal redesign, the reimagined Yacht Club will feature vibrant marine- and yacht-inspired interiors complemented with blue and white accents. Symbolic of the South Florida surroundings, each room will feature bleached cypress wood floors and crisp interiors. Translucent drapes will frame two sliding doors leading to the balcony of each suite, where guests will be able to enjoy Mediterranean style, wrought-iron lounge chairs and views of the Intracoastal Waterway, marina and ocean beyond. Starting November 2018, guests who purchase the Yacht Club Experience can indulge in exclusive private concierge services to assist with personal, vacation or business needs, and will receive exclusive access to the redesigned Commodore Lounge. Q New Yacht-Inspired Interiors

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