APR 2018

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A P R I L 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 37 F L O R I D A Beach, with a reception capacity of up to 300; The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach, with 55 guest rooms and 2,659 square feet of function space; and 30-A Suites, a 22-room boutique hotel in Santa Rosa Beach that can host up to 500 with tented beach venues. A new 84-room Hyatt Place, with 1,600 square feet of function space, is set to open in late 2018 in Sandestin. Two regional airports, each about 35 min- utes from South Walton, have added new direct flights, Truemper said: "This opens new markets and makes South Walton even more convenient for meetings and groups." (For more information on South Walton, see breakout spotlight on page 36.) Panama City Beach Situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew's Bay converge, Panama City Beach had a record-breaking tourism year in 2017, with bed tax collections up more than 13 percent, according to Visit Panama City Beach Presi- dent and CEO Dan Rowe. He cited millions of dollars in accommodations upgrades and new projects by Hilton Worldwide, Marriott Inter- national and InterContinental Hotels Group that are adding to the destination's growing reputation as a Gulf Coast hotspot. "We're excited for all of the development coming to our destination in 2018 and be- yond," he said. "The plans for these new prop- erties and attractions prove that we are moving into a bright future as we celebrate our position as a year-round attraction." Among the new projects underway is a beachfront 200-room Springhill Suites by Marriott, opening this year, which will include a lazy river. In the Pier Park shopping and en- tertainment district, a new hotel is being devel- oped and Skywheel, an observation wheel, will soon rise 200 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, providing 360-degree panoramic views from SITE VISIT HIGHLIGHT: AN EXCEPTIONAL DINING EXPERIENCE BEACH Host your next meeting or event at TOPS'L Beach and Racquet Resort. Situated along the white sands and emerald green waters of the beaches of northwest Florida, TOPS'L boasts expansive meeting rooms and social gathering facilities with 250+ condos, villas, studios and homes to rent. With on-site tennis courts, a nature trail, multiple swimming pools and on-site restaurants & bars, this gem of a resort provides options for your guests to enjoy between events or breakout sessions. at the Meet 877-288-9743 Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST-38182. Washington Seller of Travel Reg. No. 603118961. Wyndham Vacation Rentals and related marks are registered trademarks and/or service marks in the United States and internationally. All rights reserved. Printed in the U.S.A. 14 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054 / ©2018 Wyndham Vacation Rentals North America, LLC. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Visitors to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa should not miss out on a dinner at Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood. The elegant AAA Four-Di- amond restaurant features locally grown organic beef, gulf seafood, local greens and a wine list with more than 600 labels. This is a place where you want to spend some time dining on the excel- lent food and enjoying the ambience and piano music. From lobster beignets and a champagne toast to steak and seafood entrees to decadent desserts, the food is amazing and the service is excellent. n ➤

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