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The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village In Northeast Florida Offering A “Beat The Recession Group Package” In 2011

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (October 2010) – If you are interested in conducting a program in Florida in 2011, you should consider taking advantage of the “Beat The Recession Group Package” being offered by The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in Northeast Florida. Available for new meetings booked and held by December 31, 2011, the package provides very enticing incentives for new group bookings. This includes: a rebate of 2% of the room revenue back to the group master account; up to 5 suite upgrades based on availability; 5 complimentary tickets to the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame; 5% off current banquet menu pricing; 10% off of audio visual pricing; 25% allowable slippage on contracted room block; a free guest room for every 35 paid; double Marriott Rewards points; and group golf (16+ players) at net wholesale rate. The offer is based on availability, and is not valid on existing bookings or with any other offers. The offer requires 25 or more rooms per night on a minimum two-night stay. Blackout dates may apply. For more information, call the resort’s Group Sales Department at (888) 740-7020 or (904) 940-8000, or visit www.WorldGolfRenaissance.com/.

Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the St. Augustine, Florida resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The resort, which completed a comprehensive $10 million property-wide renovation in 2008, is a consistent recipient of many of the meetings industry’s highest honors. This includes Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “2010 Gold Key Award,” Medical Meetings magazine’s “2010 M&D Award,” Meetings & Conventions magazine’s “Gold Tee Award,” and the resort was named one of the “Top 80 Golf Resorts” in the world in a readers’ poll in Condé Nast Traveler magazine. In the Condé Nast Traveler readers’ poll, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village was one of just two resorts in the list to earn perfect scores of 100 for both the design of its golf courses and the quality of the golf staff and services.

“We created this package to provide a very affordable way for groups to meet,” said Scott Selvaggi, the resort’s director of sales & marketing. “So now there is even more incentive to conduct a program at our newly renovated resort, which really is like a new property. When you combine this with the diversity of offerings available at our resort and in the area that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike, the package is a great choice for groups.”

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village right next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort completed the comprehensive $10 million renovation in 2008. The project included the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium and entry area, remodeling all guest room corridors, an expanded fitness center with new state-of-the-art equipment, remodeling of its billiard room, and enhancements to the meeting space and business center. The resort also remodeled its restaurant and bar, which opened as a new restaurant and bar called 500 South.

Guest rooms and suites feature a contemporary design with an Asian feel, which includes rich red bed coverings with crisp white linens, and warm neutral gold accents. In-room offerings include flat-panel screen LCD HDTV televisions; the signature Marriott JackPack, which provides connectivity for laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, and video game players; high-speed Internet access; two telephones with data ports; a wet bar; refrigerator; and in-room coffee.

The resort features a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, which has a Colonial/Asian theme, as well as a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that captures the wind and air elements, reminiscent of open Florida skies.

Featuring a wealth of recreational offerings that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike, the resort enables you to play golf on two of the country’s finest golf courses (King & Bear, and Slammer & Squire), experience the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy, relax on a nearby beach, and explore the wonders of America’s oldest city, St. Augustine. In addition, groups and guests are an easy walk to The World Golf Hall of Fame, the ultimate destination for the celebration of golf’s greatest players, with fun interactive exhibits and historic golf artifacts.

On-site offerings at The Renaissance Resort include an indoor professional golf simulator, 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 putting course, the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® Theater, and the Walk of Champions.

Groups also can explore St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites. Groups can visit the historic 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 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. 207, or klamonica@chisano.com

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