FEB 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 4 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m Alabama Casino Hotel Now Open Near Montgomery WETUMPKA—This past Decem- ber, the Wind Creek Wetumpka opened along the banks of the Coosa River with a 20-story hotel with 283 rooms, each of which offer a river view. The property also features 85,000 feet of gam- ing space, 2,520 electronic gaming machines, a 16,000-gallon shark tank at the casino's bar and five restaurants. Sister properties include the Wind Creek Casino and Hotel in Atmore, Ala., and the Creek Casino in Montgomery. Florida The Blue Restaurant Opens At Boca Raton Resort BOCA RATON—Renowned Boston-based restaurateur Michela Larson and the Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort have opened the blue restaurant at the resort. Serving New American food and drink, the contemporary designed venue is located on the 27th floor and offers views up and down the Atlantic coast made possi- ble by the birds' eye vantage point. Set to change frequently depending on local and seasonal offerings, the sophisticated and modern menu offers unexpected flavors and new takes on classic dishes, Larson said, adding that the restaurant offers fresh ingredi- ents with an emphasis placed on sustainable and organic foods from local farmers and local waters. The restaurant seats 120 with a private dining room for up to 40 and Elevated Events @the blue is available to create customized events for groups. Georgia Visit Tybee Debuts New Branding Campaign TYBEE ISLAND—Groups visiting Savannah's neighbor Tybee Island will experience a new branding campaign for Visit Tybee. Part of the campaign is a new logo that captures Tybee's funky spirit with a lighthouse silhouette and vibrant blue and teal hues. "Our new branding campaign really made us analyze what makes Tybee unique compared to other islands in Georgia," said Keith Gay, chairman of Tybee Island Tourism Council. "We decided to emphasize our eclectic spirit and laid-back charm." A new website will be designed this year, building upon the updated brand. Tybee Island is 20 minutes east of downtown Savannah, offers five miles of sandy beaches, America's most intact historic lighthouse com- plex, a fishing pier and more. Five Cities Selected For Georgia's Exceptional Main Streets Program ATLANTA—The Georgia Depart- ment of Community Affairs has announced that the cities of Bain- bridge, Greensboro, Rome, Toccoa and Valdosta, all Georgia Main Street cities, will progress to the Georgia's Exceptional Main Street program. This pilot program for Georgia's Main Street network pro- vides advanced technical assistance to communities who have been proven leaders in their field of downtown development. "The selection of these cities for the program is a wonderful oppor- tunity for them to build on their successes by taking a step to the next level of downtown develop- ment," said Gretchen Corbin, com- missioner of GDCA, which houses the Main Street program. These cities will work closely with the Georgia Department of Community Affair's Office of Downtown Development over the next three years to develop innova- tive technical assistance in meeting specific community needs, making these communities more attractive for private investment and economic growth. Savannah's Historic District Welcomes Another Hotel SAVANNAH—Well placed in the historic downtown district of Savannah, the new Embassy Suites Savannah is now open with 150 suites, over 5,600 square feet of meeting space, complimentary Internet access in public areas and a 24-hour business center. "This is the second property in the area to feature the Embassy Suites brand's Design Option III concept, which provides the unique attributes to enhance the guest ex- perience," said John Rogers of the Embassy Suites brand, noting that across the south Free WiFi in public spaces 43 In The South 01-07 CS FEB 2014_Layout 1 1/31/14 4:36 PM Page 6

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