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They're known for their comfort food and
historic charm, but the following cities
also offer a level of sophistication, cultural
acumen and style that meetings and
incentives groups should not miss.
"I think what really sets Sarasota County apart
is its small town yet sophisticated feel and
Sarasota County has big news for groups.
Recent openings and renovations will bring
1,200 new hotel rooms to the area by the
end of this year. Sarasota's creative vibe is
another plus for groups, featuring an artist
colony, ballet, orchestra and multiple art
festivals throughout the year.
"I think what really sets Sarasota
County apart is its small town yet
sophisticated feel and big-city amenities,"
says Ellen Thomas, meetings manager for
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Visit Sarasota. "Our destination is known
as the cultural gem of Florida due to a
thriving arts and cultural environment."
Last summer saw the opening of the
240-room Westin Sarasota, which added
26,000 sf of meeting space to the downtown
area. The panoramic views of Sarasota Bay
found on its rooftop bar are already a draw
for meetings groups. The 162-room Art
Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection is
another "must" for artsy groups. The property
has a cultural curator that arranges local
artistic talent daily for attendees.
Other popular group experiences
in Sarasota include a backstage tour of
Sarasota Opera House and circus arts
entertainment and team building with
Circus Arts Conservatory Sarasota.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
First-time groups may come to Baton
Rouge for the promise of live jazz and