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Mark Schwantner Named General Manager Of The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (June 2006)

-Mark Schwantner has been named general manager of The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. He is responsible for overseeing all operations of the 300-room resort, which just received Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “Gold Tee Award” as one of the world’s finest golf resorts. Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting space.

A 30-year hospitality industry veteran, Schwantner comes to The Renaissance Resort from the 735-room Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Marco Island, Florida, where he served as hotel manager for eight years. During his tenure, he managed a $90 million renovation project that included the addition of a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and a Balinese-themed spa, as well as a remodeling of the guest rooms, meeting space, and lobby. Prior to that, he served as resident manager of the 600-room waterfront Biscayne Bay Marriott in Miami for two years, and as resident manager of the 560-room Ft. Lauderdale Marina for two years. Other positions include serving as director of restaurants, front office manager, and director of services.

 “I’m so pleased to be at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village,” said Schwantner. “It’s a remarkable facility with so many offerings for groups and leisure travelers.”

The Renaissance Resort is situated in the heart of the beautifully landscaped 6,300-acre World Golf Village. In addition to featuring exceptional golf on two of the country’s finest courses – King & Bear and Slammer & Squire -- The Renaissance Resort has a wealth of additional recreational offerings. These include a 24-hour health club and sauna, professional golf simulator, large pool, hot tub, tennis courts, child activity program, billiard room, 24-hour business center, jogging trails, and full-service concierge.

Guests also have privileges at the private oceanfront Serenata Beach Club, and have access to the PGA TOUR Golf Academy, the PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, an  18-hole putting course, and Island Challenge Hole.

In addition to its convenient location next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort also is an easy walk to the renowned Walk of Champions, an IMAX® Theater, and a boutique avenue with an assortment of specialty shops and restaurants.

The 10-story Renaissance Resort offers spectacular views overlooking the Village’s picturesque lake and golf courses, and features a towering open atrium lobby complete with running streams, a cascading waterfall, and exotic 30-foot palms. Limestone, marble and granite floors in the lobby set the stage for a grand resort.

Visiting the resort also provides the opportunity to explore beautiful St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and such historical sites as the Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and the nation’s Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse.

For more information on The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, call 1-888-740-7020 or 1-904-940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com .