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Meeting Sites WEST COAST PHOTO: VISIT TAMPA BAY & COMPANY (TOP), NAPLES, MARCO ISLAND, AND THE EVERGLADES/PARADISE COAST FLORIDA’S Stunning white-sand beaches, hundreds of golf courses, and urban centers like Tampa and St. Petersburg on the west coast of Florida are reliable magnets for groups seeking a quintessential Sunshine State meeting. Enhancing the region’s appeal are luxury hotel properties under construction in downtown St. Petersburg and Sarasota, three new museums in Tampa, a new 87,000-sf multiuse facility in Naples for large group events, and a new airport set to debut in two years in the panhandle. By Edward Schmidt Jr. ESSENTIAL TOOL BOX Convention Centers: Tampa Convention Center, 200,000 sf of dedicated space; 36 meeting rooms, largest accommodates 16,000 theater-style. Sarasota/Bradenton Int’l Convention Center, 120,000 sf of dedicated meeting space. Harborview Convention Center, Clearwater, 30,000 sf of dedicated space; 19 meeting rooms, largest accommodates 2,500 theater-style. Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers, 30,000 sf of dedicated space; 13 meeting rooms, largest accommodates 3,000. For complete listings, visit Facility Quick Search at Daily Business Costs*: Tampa: Hotel $147.34 F&B $88.44 Car Rental $69.95 Sarasota: Hotel $130.64 F&B $82.41 Car Rental $78.77 *Business Travel News 2008 Corporate Travel Index Tampa skyline (above); Naples pampering (right) 52 JUNE 2008 SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Successful Meetings - June 2008

Successful Meetings - June 2008
Editor's Note
Industry Trends
Planner Spotlight: Kelly Broz
Technology Talk
Food & Beverage
Websites of the Month
Pre-Event: Tech
Pre-Event: Bartering
Tools of the Trade
Dialing for Dollars
The All-in-One Resort
Bottom-Line Speakers
Places & Spaces
Florida’s West Coast

Successful Meetings - June 2008