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APR 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ A P R I L 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 58 F L O R I D A partnership with Key West Harbour for use of the marina's restaurant space to accommodate up to 60. The resort has 175 suites and rooms. The 178-room Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina offers new meeting amenities and refreshed rooms and suites. New at the resort are Vitamin D Breaks with fresh fruit juices and Evian sunshine misters, H2Ospital- ity Suites in a fully equipped yacht and "Sun & Sea" venues such as a boat or catamaran for breakout sessions. The resort features 16,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, including a 300-capacity Truman Ball- room and nine breakout rooms. It also has a full-service 37-slip marina with watersports, live entertainment and signature travel pack- ages. Also in Key West, the 311-room Casa Marina and 150-room The Reach, both Wal- dorf Astoria Resorts, have launched new teambuilding "Good, Better, Best" packages, offering competitive group activities such as watersports and fishing tournaments. The two resorts offer a combined 15,000 square feet of event space. The 216-room Marriott Key West Beachside, with Key West's largest ballroom at 5,673 square feet, has a new 16-slip dock, accommo- dating boats with a maximum 40-foot length and 13-foot beam. The property offers 10,000 square feet of meeting space. First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery, a two-level venue, that can accommodate 250. Mangoes, in the heart of Old Town, offers private dining and meeting space for groups of 300. Small groups can learn how authentic ci- gars are created at Rodriguez Cigar and sample locally-made rum and take Mohito classes at Key West First Legal Rum Distillery. Space Coast Just 45 minutes east of Orlando, Florida's Space Coast includes Cocoa Beach, Melbourne and the Beaches, Palm Bay, Port Canaveral, Titusville, Viera and, of course, the Kennedy Space Center. Along with 72 miles of coast- line, the area offers more than 11,000 hotel rooms and event venues up to 30,000 square feet in size, according to Florida's Space Coast Office of Tourism (Visit Space Coast.) At the Kennedy Space Center, planners may rent the entire facility or choose the Dr. Kurt H. Debus Conference Facility or the Apollo/ Saturn V Center's conference room for an event or meeting. Hotels with event space on the Space Coast include the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, with 295 guest rooms and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel can accommodate groups of up to 600. The Crowne Plaza Mel- bourne Oceanfront has 290 guest rooms and 8,100 square feet of indoor event space with 11 event rooms for up to 500 guests, plus a 6,000-square-foot outdoor deck. The Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront has 9,000 square feet of event space and can host up to 300 guests. The Courtyard by Mar- riott Cocoa Beach has 144 guest rooms and 12 suites, plus five meeting rooms in 7,602 total square feet of function space. The 284-room Radisson Resort at the Port has 30,000 square feet of function space, including the Grande Caribbean Convention Center that can host up to 1,200 for conferences. Daytona Beach Long a popular vacation destination famous for the Daytona International Speedway and 23 miles of beaches, Daytona Beach is experienc- ing more than $2 billion in new construction and renovations, including new hotels, attrac- tions, restaurants and shopping. ONE Daytona, a multi-million-dollar world-class retail, dining and entertainment destination across from Day- tona International Speedway, includes two new hotels: the 105-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Daytona Beach Speedway/Airport opened in January 2018 and a 145-room Marriott Au- tograph Collection hotel called The Daytona, set to open in late 2018. The oceanfront Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach opened in March 2018 with 200 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront terrace. The $192 million 501-room oceanfront Daytona Beach Convention Hotel & Condominiums is under construction with an expected opening in late 2019, according to news reports. The de- velopment will include shops, restaurants and 18,000 square feet of meeting space. Also, a new oceanfront Marriott Renaissance hotel is planned just north of the Ocean Center. Formerly the Ocean Breeze Club, the 190- room hotel will include indoor and outdoor event space and is expected to open in 2019. In 2017, the historic Art Deco Streamline Hotel opened with 47 guest rooms, and meeting and re- ception space featuring rooftop ocean views. A $400 million transformation at Daytona International Speedway created the world's only motorsports stadium. The facility, known as the World Center of Racing, has 120,000 square feet of state-of-the art function space, including suites, meeting rooms, ballrooms, boardrooms and more. Daytona Beach has more than 12,000 guest rooms in the metro area, with more than 1,200 of those within a few blocks of the Ocean Center Convention Entertainment Complex, a facility that features a 93,000-square-foot exhibit hall, a 42,000-square-foot arena, a 14,000-square-foot ballroom and 32 meeting rooms (see breakout spotlight on page 62). Directly adjacent to the center, the 744-room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort has completed a $25 million renovation. The resort has 60,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, an outdoor pool and beachside venues. Mondrian South Beach The Miami area offers some one-of-a-kind bou- tique hotel options for corporate groups. Among these is the ultra-stylish Mondrian South Beach, which has a dramatic lobby and an expansive pool deck, 215 themed studios and suites, 10,000 square feet of event space a spa and onsite restaurant. Beyond the lobby, an expansive pool deck overlooks beautiful Biscayne Bay. And be- yond the bay is the dramatic skyline of downtown Miami, which truly sparkles at night. Director of Sales Lori Kendall (pictured with ConventionSouth Senior Editor Marcia Bradford) said the property attracts an array of international, corporate and entertainment industry meetings and special events. n Site Visit Highlight: MARVELOUS MEETING ROOM VIEWS ➤ (Continued on page 62)

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