DEC 2017

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 70 The AWARDS Issue! interaction, while enhanced technology pro- vides more connectivity, as well as the capabil- ity for more advanced presentations. As part of the project, an existing exhibit hall was turned into a multifunctional carpeted ballroom. In addition, breakout space was made more open and flexible. The front facade was also expanded to create more flexible pre-function space. The Benton Convention Center is part of the Twin City Quarter, which includes two hotels that are connected to the center by an enclosed, climate-controlled overhead walkway. The Marriott Winston-Salem has 15,000 square feet of meeting space, with 18 event rooms in- cluding a ballroom, boardroom, private dining rooms and nine breakout rooms. The Embassy Suites Winston-Salem has 56,000 square feet of meeting facilities on multiple levels, with 23 meeting spaces, including two ballrooms (accommodating 375 to 2,000 people), four boardrooms and numerous flexible breakout rooms and reception areas. When combined with the Benton Conven- tion Center, the Twin City Quarter complex offers more than 175,000 square feet of meet- ing and banquet space in 55 rooms including six ballrooms. THE HILTON DAYTONA BEACH OCEANFRONT RESORT Daytona Beach, Florida Oceanfront Resort Gets A New Name & A New Look A $25 million renovation, completed in April, created a new name and a new look for the 744-room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The property, which was formerly known as the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village, is now operat- ing under the name Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort and remains the largest full-service beachfront hotel in Daytona Beach. Jim Berkley, general manager of the resort, said the renovation was aimed at evolv- ing and elevating the resort's offerings for guests. "One goal of the renovation was to create a true resort environment where our guests can unwind, and we've always felt that our prime oceanfront location is one of the most appealing aspects of the experience we offer," he explained. "So, we decided to take one of our best attributes and make it an official part of our name. We sought a shorter, more concise identity that directly incorporates our oceanfront locale in order to better reflect the sense of place our property offers. With the newly redesigned spaces and upscale amenities brought about through our renovation, it seemed like the ideal time to make a change in how we identify our- selves." Meeting and special event spaces, din- ing and entertainment venues, pools and beachside cabanas, lobby and common areas were all included in the renovations, which were started in 2016. The resort's 60,000 square feet of meeting space has been re- freshed with new wall coverings, carpet and high-end light fixtures. Berkley said the aes- thetic for the reimagined spaces incorporates a soft, modern color palette, offering a so- phisticated and elegant setting for corporate events and seasonal occasions. Updates to the resort's Ocean View Room, which offers Readers' Choice Award Winners • Arlington Convention & Visitors Service, See Ad On Page 71 • Charlottesville Albemarle CVB • Chesapeake Conference Center • Chesapeake CVB • Destination DC • The Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection • Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, VA • Greater Richmond Convention Center • Hampton CVB • Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center • Lansdowne Resort • The National Conference Center • Newport News Tourism Development Office • The Omni Homestead • Salamander Resort & Spa • Stafford County Tourism • Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center • Visit Fairfax, See Ad On Page 72 • VisitNorfolk, See Ad On Page 73 • Westin Crystal City • Wytheville CVB Honorable Mention Award Winners • The Dupont Circle • Homewood Suites by Hilton Washington DC NoMa Union Station Virginia & D.C. Area Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

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