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The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center In Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida Now Features The UPS Store On-Site

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (July 2011) – The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida is now featuring a new THE UPS Store and Business Center on-site. Designed as a “one-stop shop” to assist groups meeting at the resort, guests, and locals, the new store provides such services as packing and shipping, computer rental with Wi-Fi and internet, and professional printing and binding. Additionally -- and of great appeal to meeting professionals, conference exhibitors, and business travelers -- the new store enables you to ship large displays, heavy boxes and/or luggage to the store to await your arrival, and then be shipped back, without the stress of having to lug the cumbersome baggage or displays across the country. 

“We are very pleased to announce the opening of our very own The UPS Store at The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center,” said Jeffrey Oliasami, general manager of the AAA Four-Diamond resort, which together with the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame is the largest combination hotel and convention center between Atlanta and Orlando with 101,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 

“Meeting groups will really appreciate the many services that the on-site store offers that will make their job much easier,” said Oliasami. “This includes a wide range of printing services; the ability to easily store, pack and ship displays and program materials; as well as an assortment of office supplies. The opening of The UPS Store brings our resort to the level that we are now a true convention center location.” 

Oliasami previously served as general manager of The Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel and Spa, which also featured The UPS Store on-site. “It made a huge difference in the success of our convention center, with The UPS Store doing phenomenal business there,” he said. 

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village, The Renaissance World Golf Village Resort and Convention Center is the only Northeast Florida resort and convention center to receive the prestigious AAA Four Diamond rating, which is an honor achieved by less than 4% of the AAA approved properties. Additional awards recently bestowed on the resort include Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “2011 Gold Tee Award,” which is given annually to the finest golf/meeting properties in the world, and Successful Meetings magazine’s acclaimed “Pinnacle Award.” 

Featuring a picturesque setting overlooking a lake, 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. 

In addition, the resort’s White Glove Meeting Services include complimentary transportation to and from Jacksonville International Airport for new group business booked in 2011 and beyond. To qualify for the complimentary airport transportation a group is required to contract for a minimum of 50 rooms per night for 2 nights and 2 banquet meals daily. 

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

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

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