MAR 2012

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Home acrossthe Florida The Shores Resort & Spa Appoints Kern As Director Of Sales - Groups DAYTONA BEACH SHORES—The Shores Resort and Spa, a Four-Diamond oceanfront property, has welcomed Jason Kern as the new director of sales for groups. In his new role, Kern will direct the hotel's sales and catering teams to increase meeting business in the corporate, associa- tion and SMERF (social, military, Kern Rooms At TradeWinds Island Grand Receive Beautification ST. PETE BEACH—The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, a beachfront property, has completed a $20 million restoration of its guest rooms and suites. The reno- vation of all 584 rooms, including the pet-friendly suites, moved the décor to a more upscale look reminiscent of a classic British West Indies plantation, including custom-made dark wood furniture, granite counter tops and nature- themed artwork. The enhancements complement the recent $2.5 million meeting space renovation completed at the end of 2008. Kentucky The Gathering Hall at Honey Lake Plantation Resort & Spa in Florida time to retreat... New Resort Opens In Florida GREENVILLE, Fla.—Honey Lake Plantation Resort and Spa recently opened in Northwest Florida, less than 10 minutes from U.S. Interstate 10. The 4,700-acre property has been enhanced to accommodate group retreats and now features 21,000 square feet of meeting space, includ- ing an executive boardroom with a balcony overlooking Honey Lake. In addition, the property can accommodate groups within multiple ballrooms, a banquet hall and a lakeside pavilion. On-site amenities include wireless Inter- net access, state-of-the-art audio/visual, in-house catering and on-site eateries, a spa and salon, a pool, and a fitness center. Teambuilding opportunities include fishing, hunting, sport shooting, cycling, hiking, horseback riding, water sports and group fitness programs. ■ 8 ConventionSouth MARCH 2012 Hyatt Regency Undergoes Million Dollar Renovation LOUISVILLE— Hyatt Regency Louisville is wrapping up a $5.8 million transformation designed to update the downtown hotel for the "new demands of busi- ness meeting and convention attendees," said General Manager Donna Marquez. The property is enhancing its front entrance, lobby and fitness center as well as open- ing a new restaurant and bar. The completion date is set for mid- April. "We have a completely new look to our lobby and front desk, which is the epicenter to networking and employee-guest interaction, and we look forward to showcasing our new restaurant and bar this spring," Marquez said. The hotel's new restaurant and bar will be named Sway, short for Southern Way and will offer a "contemporary South- ern atmosphere for guests to enjoy Hyatt's new food and beverage offerings," she said. In other news, Ana Montano was named the director of food and beverage and will be working with Executive Chef Daniel. Planning Directory south educational, reli- gious and fraternal) market segments. Prior to The Shores, Kern spent eight years at the Hammock Beach Re- sort in Palm Coast, Fla. Connect with Kern on LinkedIN Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase "The new demands of meeting attendees" with areas for networking and conducting business was the prime inspiration for the lobby redesign at the Hyatt Regency Louisville. www.con v T r a d e W i n d s I s l a n d G Lakeside Venue New r a n d Updated Hotel Rooms R e s o r t

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