MAY 2018

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M A Y 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 21 RESORT MEETINGS Outdoor Event Spaces The Park Vista, a Doubletree by Hilton Gatlinburg, Tennessee Known for its spectacular views the beautiful Smoky Mountains National Park and the quaint city of Gatlin- burg, The Park Vista has meeting rooms that offer views of the mountains or the resort gardens. Additionally, the resort features a large outdoor event space and Firefly's Patio Lounge, located just off the main lobby, where beverages and lighter fare can be enjoyed while taking in the beautiful scenery. For those who want to check out Gatlinburg attrac- tions, The Park Vista is conveniently located on the City's Trolley Route. RESORT TREND: Themed Settings Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center Kissimmee, Florida A destination resort designed to reflect Florida's history, culture and natural beauty, the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center's signature feature is a soaring 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium depicting iconic locales from St. Augustine, Key West and the Everglades. Meetings and events can include receptions at various themed areas. Among the one-of-a-kind enchanted surround- ings, MOOR, located in the Key West atrium, serves fresh seafood combined with innovative and sus- tainable dishes aboard an indoor sailboat. RESORT TREND: Innovative Recreational Activities Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa Miramar Beach, Florida Known for its innovative and entertaining approach to teambuilding, the creative recreational activities team at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa makes the most of the coastal location. Groups can enjoy HiltonQuest scavenger hunts, NightSpiker glow-in-the-dark beach volleyball, beach cookouts, bonfires, and fireworks along the shore. Other popular options include Castaway Beach Bowling, Crab Chases, Centipede Shuffle and Raft Races. The full-service recreation staff specializes in coordinating unique, invigorating programs around coffee breaks and leisure time. RESORT TREND:

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