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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center In St. Augustine Captures Successful Meetings’ Prestigious “Pinnacle Award”

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (June 2011) -- The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in St. Augustine, has received the prestigious “Pinnacle Award” for 2011 from Successful Meetings magazine. The award will be presented to Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the 301-room, AAA Four Diamond resort. Together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

This marks the first year the resort has captured Successful Meetings’ highly coveted “Pinnacle Award,” considered one of the most prestigious awards in the meetings industry. Given only to those hotels and resorts that represent the highest standards of excellence, the award is determined by votes from the magazine’s readers, which consists of corporate meeting professionals, association executives, incentive/recognition specialists, and business executives. Selections were based on overall service, meeting rooms and equipment, recreation facilities, quality of food and beverage, exhibit space, accessibility and social consciousness. The winning hotels and resorts will be recognized in the August 2011 issue of the magazine.

“Receiving this highly coveted award recognizes The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center as a truly outstanding choice for meetings, incentive programs, and conventions,” said Oliasami. “We are very proud of our staff for receiving this prestigious recognition, and are very pleased that meeting professionals recognize the first-class facilities and service that our resort provides.”

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, the resort is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating. The honor is achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties.

Situated adjacent to the impressive World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort completed a $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, which included the complete remodeling of guest rooms and suites, a dramatically-renovated lobby, newly-remodeled guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, enhanced meeting space, and the opening of 500 South Restaurant & Bar.

As part of the renovation guest rooms and suites received new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, lighting, 37” flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions, and the Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players. The rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings, crisp white linens, along with a color scheme of warm neutral gold. In-room offerings also include high-speed Internet access, two telephones with data ports, a wet bar and refrigerator, an in-room safe, and in-room coffee.

The resort also boasts a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, featuring a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that is reminiscent of open Florida skies.

Recreational offerings at the resort include two championship golf courses, the popular Slammer & Squire (just steps from The Renaissance Resort), and the renowned King & Bear (co-designed by Arnold “The King” Palmer and Jack “The Bear” Nicklaus). Guests also have access to four additional golf courses within 15 minutes of the resort, for a total of 108 holes of golf. Additional offerings at the resort include a sauna, pool, hot tub, and full-service concierge.

Guests also are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole real grass putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 3D Theater, and the Walk of Champions. In addition, guests can take golf lessons at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.

When visiting the resort, guests and groups have the opportunity to visit nearby pristine Atlantic beaches, take fun eco-tours and chartered fishing trips, enjoy exceptional shopping at two large outlet malls, and explore historic St. Augustine.

To make it easy for its guests to enjoy area offerings, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort is now offering a complimentary shuttle for individual guests (based on availability) to and from historic downtown St. Augustine. This new service enables guests to easily visit such sites in St. Augustine, which was founded in 1565, as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fortress, The Fountain of Youth, and the popular shopping on the charming, brick-paved St. George Street. Additional options in downtown St. Augustine include the Old Town Trolley Tour, The Old Jail, The St. Augustine History Museum, The Spanish Quarter, The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Carriage Rides, Whetstone’s Chocolate Factory, Lightner Museum, Flagler College, and a Scenic Cruise.

For information on The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center, call 888-740-7020 or 904-940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com .

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PR Contact: Karen Lamonica at (407) 788-7070, ext. 208, or klamonica@chisano.com

NOTE: High-resolution photos of the resort may be downloaded from http://www.worldgolfrenaissance.com/Press/ . Or, photos of the resort are available by contacting Karen Lamonica.