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#destination spotlight

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arly 2018's icy weather and heavy
snows are hopefully over, and
warmer thoughts are likely in the
minds of your membership, so why not
head down to the beach? Here are some
of the newest hotels, hot spots and more
along the Emerald and Gulf Coast - each
is worthy of further investigation!

The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
is a top-rated Florida destination along
the state's Emerald Coast. Known for its
white sand beaches and tasty seafood,
Sandestin is all about helping guests and
attendees alike experience and share
moments to remember.
Sandestin's 65,000 square feet of meeting
space can be customized for groups from 10
to 1,600 and features more than 25 breakout
rooms, a 13,500-square-foot ballroom,
a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall and
four boardrooms.
For those seeking adventure or
relaxation, there are a number of activities
to choose from, including a round of
golf, tennis lesson, boating, biking or a
sunset dinner cruise. Options for mixers
and private dining abound just steps
away in the Village, offering dozens of
entertainment and dining options, from
restaurants, bars and nightclubs to retail
merchants and a seasonal ice-skating rink.
Sandestin also features an impressive
list of activities for groups. The resort's
four championship golf courses are perfect
for a group outing. There's also charter
boat fishing from Baytowne Marina and
beach bonfires with live entertainment.
For team-building programs, Sandestin
challenges groups with everything from a
ropes course and ziplines to a rock-climbing
wall and stand-up paddle boarding.

Panama City
Opening in 2018 along the Florida
panhandle is the 200-room SpringHill
Suites by Marriott in Panama City.
While the property's lazy river, splash

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pad and other family-friendly amenities
will draw in vacationers, it will also
attract business travelers seeking
a little fun and sun on the job.

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
Coming this year to Gulf Shores is
the highly anticipated Lodge at Gulf
State Park. A national sales team is
now in place and accepting RFPs for
the 350-room, LEED Gold- and SITES
Platinum-certified property. The
Hilton-branded hotel and conference
center is expected to open in fall 2018
and include meeting space for up to
1,500. Alabama's governor has already
said the beachfront destination will
be a "crown jewel." The property will
connect to nearby Gulf State Park,
which any number of places for people
to gather, including a beach pavilion,
butterfly garden and amphitheater.
It will join the Hotel Indigo Orange
Beach and Gulf Shores, a 62-room
boutique property that opened in
2017. Each Hotel Indigo is designed to
highlight the local culture and character,

so the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores
property features contemporary design
mixed with beach elements that help
guests feel relaxed and at ease. The
hotel also has a coffee shop, fitness
center, pool and executive meeting
space, and it's adjacent to the new
Big Wave Dave's restaurant, which
offers a fusion of Gulf Coast seafood
and traditional American fare.
Finally in Orange Beach, there's the
Island House Hotel - a DoubleTree
by Hilton, which just completed a
multi-million-dollar renovation in 2017.
The Island House boasts one of the
largest private beaches of any hotel
along Alabama's Gulf Coast, an each of
its 161-rooms features a large private
balcony overlooking the emerald waters.
To top that off, the property has nearly
6,000 square feet of meeting, ballroom
and banquet space that can accommodate
meetings of nearly any size. @
Sources: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort,
Visit Panama City Beach, Gulf State Park,
Hotel Indigo Orange Beach and Gulf Shores
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of @MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
DON’T JUST MAKE A PLAN – USE IT!
THE A TO Z OF CES
WHAT’S ON YOUR NYC BUCKET LIST?
MPIGNY WANTS YOU!
QUICK TIPS: RENOVATIONS REPORT AND TRAVEL TRENDS
NOTES FROM THE FIELD
ESCAPE SOUTH
NEW MEMBERS
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
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@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - DON’T JUST MAKE A PLAN – USE IT!
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - 7
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - THE A TO Z OF CES
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - WHAT’S ON YOUR NYC BUCKET LIST?
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - 10
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - 11
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - MPIGNY WANTS YOU!
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - QUICK TIPS: RENOVATIONS REPORT AND TRAVEL TRENDS
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@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - 15
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - NOTES FROM THE FIELD
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - ESCAPE SOUTH
@MPIGNY - Spring/Summer 2018 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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