MAR 2012

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2012 Sneak Peek Directory Read Your Clients' Minds & Meet In South Walton Advertise Subscribe SPECI AL ADVER T I SI NG & I NF O RMAT I O N SECT I O N Your clients are demanding and they should be. They have the best team working on their projects – your team. But, sometimes serving your clients' needs means getting away from it all. That's when you need the perfect place to clear the mind, rejuvenate the body, and strengthen team relationships. That's when you meet in South Walton. World-class accommodations, award-win- ning dining, and exceptional meeting facili- ties are just some of what you'll find along this 26-mile stretch of sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Nestled on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, South Wal- ton's 15 unique beach neighborhoods offer a natural setting for corporate meetings, team- building retreats, seminars, conferences, and conventions. Venue choices are many and varied, from the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service gulf-front hotel in Northwest Florida to the 2400-acre Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort with its four championship golf courses and on-site shopping and dining venues. The Mar- riott Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard is a short walk from a variety of shops and restaurants and 30A Suites offers boutique hotel accommoda- tions and an elegant European-inspired meet- ing hall and lighted lawn. Additionally, both the Embassy Suites at Miramar Beach and Seascape Golf, Beach & Tennis Resort are just steps from the beach and close to the nation's largest designer factory outlet. Accommodations and meeting space can also be found in beach neighborhoods such as Rosemary Beach, Seaside (location of "The Truman Show") and AAA, Four-Diamond rated WaterColor Inn & Resort, all of which recreate authentic community life, traditional Southern hospitality, and a sanctuary from fast-paced lifestyles. Another ideal venue is TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort, ranked #12 in the Top 100 Tennis Resorts & Camps for 2011. It is located adjacent to Topsail Hill State Preserve, the most pristine coastal prop- erty in Florida. Groups seeking team-building experiences will find splashy fun on YOLO (You Only Live Once) stand-up paddle boards, exhilaration on Sandestin Resort's ropes course and zip line, and camaraderie and cooperation at one of the Hilton's challenging beach relays. The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, an interactive educa- tional facility teaching the importance of biodi- versity, is situated on 50,000 acres and is ideal for corporate social responsibility volunteer programs and off-site functions. There's so much to do here from exploring natural habitats or unique shops and galleries to deep-sea fishing or dining on fresh gulf seafood. Meeting in South Walton is a great way to get more creative and inspired. Read- ing your client's minds. To create your next perfect meeting, contact the Visit South Walton sales team. Telepathy is only a phone call away. ■ Pamela Watkins, Director of Sales, Visit South Walton Pamela Watkins has been in the tourism industry for over 25 years & founded the Visit South Walton Sales Dept. in 1998. (800) 822-6877 Visit South Walton's sugar-white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. www.con v MARCH 2012 ConventionSouth 35 Contact DESTINATION SHOWCASE

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