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The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village In St. Augustine Wins Two Prestigious Awards

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (August 2007) – The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, has captured two more awards from the meetings industry, Meetings & Conventions magazine’s highly coveted “Gold Key Award” for 2007, and Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine’s prestigious “Greens of Distinction Award” for 2007. Plaques commemorating the awards will be presented to Mark Schwantner, general manager of the 301-room resort, at special awards galas. Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

The “Gold Key Award” is presented annually to the finest meeting properties in the world, as nominated and selected by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine. Votes are based on the overall professionalism and quality of the property, and on such criteria as staff attitude, quality of meeting rooms, quality of guest services, food and beverage service, proficiency of handling reservations, availability of technical/support equipment, and range of recreational facilities.

The “Greens of Distinction Award” is given annually to resorts, hotels and conference centers that best served the needs of incentive golf programs during the past year, as chosen by the readers of Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine. Selections were based on meeting facilities, overall hospitality, golf staff assistance, course condition and design, and tournament arrangements that effectively hosted the planner’s meetings and incentive travel programs.

“We’re so honored to receive both of these very prestigious awards,” said Schwantner. “Not only do they recognize our resort as one of the finest golf resorts in the country, but they show that the resort is an exceptional place for meetings, incentive group programs, and for group outings.”

These awards follow the recent announcement that the resort has also captured Meetings & Conventions magazine’s prestigious “Gold Tee Award” for 2007. The highly respected award is given annually to the world’s finest golf resort properties, and this marks the third consecutive year that the resort has won the honor.

Not resting on its laurels, the resort kicked-off an impressive $8 million renovation in August. Plans include the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium, enhancements to the main ballroom and meeting offerings, remodeling of the restaurant and bar, new lighting throughout the public spaces, and the remodeling of all guest room corridors. The renovation is slated for completion by December 2007.

The Renaissance Resort is ideally 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, 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 PGA TOUR Golf Academy, PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, an 18-hole championship putting course, and an 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 Walk of Champions, an IMAX® Theater, and 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, and a cascading waterfall.

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 resort, call 1-888-740-7020 or
1-904-940-8000, or visit:

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