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Panama City Beach Welcomes Groups & Meetings in 2017

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Panama City Beach Welcomes Groups & Meetings in 2017

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., March 9, 2017 – Southern hospitality and the expertise and resources of a city that hosts nearly 11 million visitor days annually, makes Panama City Beach the ideal destination in Florida for meetings, groups, conferences and conventions. Whether it’s a business conference, college reunion, or church retreat there are endless options in this beachside community with more than 160,000 square feet of flexible meeting space complete with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico or St. Andrews Bay. “Business travelers and groups will find excellent value in Panama City Beach,” shares Visit Panama City Beach’s Director of Group Sales, Ann Gager. “With world-class services, facilities at highly competitive costs and exceptional weather year-round, Panama City Beach is the best choice for group travel and meetings in Florida.” The newly renovated Sheraton Bay Point resort is now open and offers 60,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space including a 12,000 square foot ballroom, 8,000 square foot junior ballroom, eight additional breakout rooms, 22 individual meeting rooms, outdoor lawns, and a covered deck and private bay beach among other venues that cater to a group’s needs. The first-class conference center provides personalized services to guarantee highly successful and memorable events. From large conventions for up to 1,500 attendees to intimate board meetings, the Sheraton Bay Point Resort offers a highly-skilled catering staff to fulfill all expectations with distinctive service and attention to detail.  Other newly opened meeting space venues in Panama City Beach include Hampton Inn & Suites located within walking distance to Pier Park and the 156-room Holiday Inn Express on Front Beach Road. In addition to ample meeting space, the destination offers 1,900 rooms at four conference resorts as well as 14,600 additional rooms at hotel, motels and condominiums. Activities in the destination abound for guests and attendees during their free time, including golf at five championship courses, dolphin tours, fishing excursions, spas, shopping, waterfront dining and nightclubs. Below is a list of meeting facilities in Panama City Beach: Sheraton Bay Point Resort: 60,000 total sq. ft., 22 meeting rooms, 320 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 11,594 sq. ft. 4114 Jan Cooley Dr. Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center: 40,000 total sq. ft., 16 meeting rooms, 233 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 15,000 sq. ft. 9600 S. Thomas Dr. Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort: 42,700 total sq. ft., 25 meeting rooms, 450 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 13,365 sq. ft. 11212 Front Beach Rd. Holiday Inn Resort: 7,000 total sq. ft., nine meeting rooms, 340 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 4,000 sq. ft. 11127 Front Beach Rd. Laketown Wharf: 32,000 total sq. ft., seven meeting rooms, 315 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 28,000 sq. ft. 9902 S Thomas Dr. Majestic Beach Resort: 5,500 total sq. ft., four meeting rooms, 243 sleeping rooms and the largest meeting room available at 5,460 sq. ft. 10901 Front Beach Rd. For more information about group travel and meetings in Panama City Beach, visit About Panama City Beach Panama City Beach is situated on 27 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordering clear, emerald-green waters where the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrew Bay converge.  With 320 days  of sunshine annually and attractions such as St. Andrews State Park and Pier Park, the region has long been favored by travelers seeking an affordable beach vacation with year-round offerings for families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers.  These include championship golf courses, spas, sporting events, award-winning dining and diverse recreational activities. In addition, Panama City Beach’s Northwest Florida...

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Wedgewood Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Wedgewood Golf Club Featured as Florida Historic Golf Trail Course of the Month

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced today that the Wedgewood Golf Club, located in the City of Lakeland in Polk County, has been chosen as the featured course on the Florida Historic Golf Trail for the month of March. “We are pleased to feature the Wedgewood Golf Club as a partner on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Secretary Detzner. “Since its opening in 1931, this course has hosted some of golf’s greatest players.” The Club is located on the former site of the National Home of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Construction of the golf course began in 1929. The golf course officially opened on January 1, 1931, with Charles W. Howe as the professional in charge. In 1983, the course reopened after a year’s worth of redesign by Lakeland golf course architect Ron Garl. Today, the 18-hole, par-70 golf course features three sets of tees playing from 4,800 to 6,400 yards. The layout has plenty of sand, water and trees, and creates a terrific challenge for golfers of all ages and skill levels. “We are excited and honored to be featured this month on the Florida Historic Golf Trail,” said Sun Shin, President of Wedgewood Golf Club. “Wedgewood’s history dates back to the 1920s. The course has hosted golf legends like Hogan, Sarazen, Snead and Bobby Jones as well as Arnie Palmer. Redesigned by Florida architect Ron Garl, this course is still challenging to all levels of players.” For more information about the Wedgewood Golf Club or the Florida Historic Golf Trail program, visit Wedgewood Golf Club, Florida Historic Golf Trail or # # # About The Florida Historic Golf Trail Florida’s golf history, recognized as one of the oldest in the nation, dates back to the late 1800s when a number of early courses were created along with the development of railroads and hotels in the state. The Florida Historic Golf Trail is a collection of more than 50 historic, publicly accessible golf courses throughout the state that can still be played on today. Through the Florida Historic Golf Trail, golfers can play on courses designed by world-class architects and played by famous golfers such as Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Babe Zaharias, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. Information about the history and current day contact information for each partner course can be found Find the historic course near you and Come Play on History!   About The Division of Historical Resources The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. The Division Director’s office oversees a grants-in-aid program to help preserve and maintain Florida’s historic buildings and archaeological sites; coordinates outreach programs such as the State Historic Markers program and the Florida Folklife program which identifies and promotes the state’s traditional culture. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The Division Director serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus, archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information visit  ...

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Sandestin Wine Festival Uncorks the Perfect Pairing with Powerhouses Coastal Living and Meiomi

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Sandestin Wine Festival Uncorks the Perfect Pairing with Powerhouses Coastal Living and Meiomi

Miramar Beach, Fla. (March 9, 2017) – The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, today announced the addition of two major players at the upcoming April 20-23, 2017 event. The Sandestin Wine Festival is pleased to announce that Coastal Living signed on as a presenting sponsor for this event for the ninth consecutive year. Coastal Living is the premier brand for people who love the coast. It is the ultimate magazine and resource for coastal décor, food, lifestyle trends and travel. The event is also pleased to announce that Meiomi, will be a featured wine sponsor for the first time. Meiomi will be pouring its three California coastal wines – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and its brand new Rosé—in the Meiomi Home on April 21 and 22 The Meiomi Home made its debut in 2016, touring the top food and wine festivals in the U.S. to bring the fresh, approachable taste and style of Meiomi directly to consumers. More than 30,000 wine lovers have tasted Meiomi in the Meiomi Home; a 20-foot by 20-foot structure crafted to resemble a cozy California bungalow. Tasters will feel at home as they sip Meiomi and discover the elegant, coastal elements of the Meiomi Home. Additional information about each of the wines, vineyard sourcing, and winemaker, Melissa Stackhouse, can be found at “We’re thrilled to bring the Meiomi Home to Sandestin this year, and to welcome visitors into our California wine bungalow,” said Clayton Seeto, Meiomi’s director of event marketing. “Our team will share delicious flavors from coastal California and capture the memory with our Lightbox, which will be a great reminder of their festival experience and time spent with Meiomi.” Now in its 31st year, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast. Known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals”, this picture perfect event is complete with the tasting of hundreds of wines, culinary treats, wine dinners, seminars, live music and more. Guests are invited to “uncork some fun in the sun” April 20-23 and see why the Sandestin Wine Festival receives accolades from media around the country. Proceeds will be donated to the Fisher House, a worthwhile organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers, and Sandestin Foundation for Kids, whose goal is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives. Chief sponsors of the Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living, Meiomi, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Good Grit, Visit South Walton, Publix, 30A, GPL Landscaping, EC Magazine, 850 Magazine, Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport and SoWal. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides the convenience of having accommodations that are steps, or a convenient complimentary tram ride, away from the festival. Packages with discounted tickets and deluxe accommodations are available with savings up to 25% off (code: WINE17). Call 855.516.WINE to talk to a reservation specialist or visit   About the Sandestin Wine Festival The Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival in the Southeast. Thousands of people enjoy festival events including wine dinners, seminars, grand wine tastings and culinary experiences in April, plus Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights in November. Fans are invited to follow @SandestinWineFestival on Facebook. For complete information about the festival and affiliated events, visit   About Coastal Living Coastal Living is the source of inspiration and information for nearly 4 million who celebrate life along the coast. Coastal Living is produced by Time Inc., a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through its portfolio of premium brands across platforms. Follow Coastal Living on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.   About Meiomi Meiomi wines take their name from the word for “coast” in the language of the native...

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Daytona Beach is Spring Family Beach Break Base Camp

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Daytona Beach is Spring Family Beach Break Base Camp

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 6, 2017) –  Families seeking fun in the sun for their spring vacation can enjoy the best of what Florida has to offer while staying on the World’s Most Famous Beach. Not only is Daytona Beach ranked #1 in TRAVEL CHANNEL’s 2017 “Top 10 Attractions in Florida,” it’s within an hour’s drive of five of the state’s other top attractions as well – historic St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center and the theme parks. “Spring Family Beach Break starts March 20 and goes through April,” said Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lori Campbell Baker. “With 23 miles of beaches and so much more, there’s something here for every family to enjoy. Six “Can’t Miss” Spring Family Beach Break Experiences: Fun in the Sun on the “World’s Most Famous Beach” – Daytona Beach’s gentle Atlantic waves and hard-packed sand at the water’s edge are perfect for surfing, boogie boarding, sandcastle building, biking, running, strolling or simply relaxing under an umbrella.  Whether families want to get their gear on the beach via their car or prefer the miles of traffic-free beach zones, an award-winning lifeguard corps is in place to make beach safety a top high priority. No alcohol is permitted anywhere on the beach and the 10 mph speed limit is strictly enforced in specifically-designated driving areas. Climbing Florida’s tallest lighthouse; seeing a turtle hospital – With 203 steps, the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida.  The Lighthouse Museum offers plenty to do on the ground, as well. Tour the lighthouse keeper’s cottage, see historical displays and learn about the rare Fresnel lens that makes this a working lighthouse. Next door, the Marine Science Center rehabilitates sea turtles, sea birds and teaches about marine ecology through such things as a stingray touch tank. Exciting tours and rides – A tour of the Daytona International Speedway – the World Center of Racing – now includes the new Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. For the ultimate thrill ride, get in the front seat of a real race car for a ride-along at the Richard Petty Driving Experience on the 2.5 mile banked track at the world’s only motorsports stadium. Featuring Festivals, Food, and Fun – Home to over 60 renowned art, music and one-of-a-kind pop culture festivals, Daytona Beach is known as the Festival Capital of Florida. The spring line-up includes the Spring Turkey Run classic car show (March 24-26), National Cheer and Dance Championship (April 5-9), Daytona Tortugas baseball opening day (April 13), P1 Grand Prix of the Sea jet ski completion (April 21-23), Jeep Beach (April 25-30), Halifax Oyster Festival (April 29), and a variety of national touring plays and classical music concerts at renowned Peabody Auditorium. Getting out on the water – No matter how you want to explore the beautiful environment and unique wildlife, the Daytona Beach area has it all. For hands-on adventure there’s deep sea fishing, power boating, jet skiing, para-sailing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.  For a more laid-back experience try a guided eco-tour aboard a pontoon boat to see dolphins playing. From the crystal clear waters of natural springs to offshore artificial reefs, and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. Tasting Sweet Treats – Some of the sweetest attractions in Daytona Beach are free! Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, in historic downtown Daytona Beach, offers free guided 20-minute tours so you can see what makes their chocolate creations so special. Zeno’s World Famous Taffy Factory, on US 1 in South Daytona, is open 7 days a week and offers visitors free tours and samples. About the Daytona Beach Area Discover the new Daytona Beach and its surrounding area, a resurging destination along Florida’s East Coast comprising eight distinct communities. Recognized worldwide for its annual events including...

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Naples/Marco Island is the Happiest, Healthiest City in the U.S. for 2nd Year in a Row

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Naples/Marco Island is the Happiest, Healthiest City in the U.S. for 2nd Year in a Row

Naples, Fla. (March 7, 2017) – For the second year in a row, Naples and the nearby communities of Marco Island and Immokalee tops the ranking at the number one spot in the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being 2016 Community Rankings, released on March 7, 2017. The report measures how residents of 189 U.S. cities feel about their physical health, social ties, financial security, community and sense of purpose. Communities are uniquely positioned to promote well-being improvement by transforming policies and environment so that people move naturally, eat wisely, connect, and have the right outlook—all of which can lead to living longer, better. Greater Naples, Florida is actively engaged in the Blue Zones Project wellness initiative, with many area businesses, restaurants, and schools achieving Blue Zones Project Approved status for maintaining healthy workplace initiatives, restaurant menus and more. Naples has also been named the #1 Best Destination for Luxury Travelers (2015) in the U.S. by readers at USA TODAY’s 10Best travel section and America’s Best All-Around Beach by the Travel Channel (2005). Marco Island ranked as the #1 Island in the U.S. and #4 Island in the World in 2014’s TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.   About Florida’s Paradise Coast Whether travelers are looking for a romantic escape or family getaway, Florida’s Paradise Coast — Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City and the Gulf Coast portion of  Everglades National Park — has an array of vacation options year-round. With more than 30 miles of soft, white sand beaches, thriving arts and culture scene, distinctive dining, family attractions and the best of outdoor adventure, the Paradise Coast is truly a destination with it all. Located just two hours from Miami, four hours from Orlando and three hours from Tampa, the Paradise Coast is easily accessible from some of Florida’s largest cities. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 44 destinations on 14 different air carriers. For more information about the Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600 or visit Follow the destination on Twitter and Instagram @ParadiseCoast and #ParadiseCoast, and on Facebook...

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Partners with Luxury Travel Company THIRDHOME to Offer its Owners Great Vacation Options

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Industry Press Releases | Comments Off on Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Partners with Luxury Travel Company THIRDHOME to Offer its Owners Great Vacation Options

Exclusive to its Owners, Provides Opportunities for World Class, Rent-Free Vacations Around the Globe Miramar Beach, Fla. (March 1, 2017) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has announced a partnership with THIRDHOME, the world’s most exclusive luxury property and travel club. This alliance provides qualified home owners an invitation to join THIRDHOME at no cost, plus receive upgraded travel perks for a total value of more than $5,000. With this offer, owners affiliated with Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort can use the vacation home they already own to gain access to THIRDHOME’s portfolio of more than 8,000 luxury homes in 87 countries around the world for a low exchange fee, a fraction of what they would otherwise pay in hotel or villa rental rates. “We couldn’t be more pleased to offer this unique and truly luxurious benefit to our valued vacation home owners”, boasts senior vice president and general manager, Mark Hodgdon. “We look forward to sharing our beautiful resort and community with members of the THIRDHOME family.” Wade Shealy, founder and CEO of THIRDHOME says, “We are pleased to be partnering with the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Our members will love the opportunity to visit this area that offers so much do, and their owners will love the access to our luxury vacation homes located all over the world.”   About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,280 South Walton vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan orTwitter follower for the latest events and news. About THIRDHOME This private luxury vacation club provides vacation home owners the ability to exchange time in their home for stays in over 8,000 premier luxury properties worldwide. Members enjoy private access to THIRDHOME’s unrivaled network of properties and 75+ world-class resorts. By simply depositing weeks in their second home, Members earn credits that enable them to reserve other available properties via the website at Instead of paying costly hotel or villa rates, members pay a single exchange fee that ranges from $395 to $995 for an entire week’s stay.  With access to so many homes around the world, THIRDHOME provides its members the ability to experience memorable vacations beyond their wildest dreams. Become a Facebook Fan or visit our Instagram page to learn...

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