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Francine Rattenbury Named National Sales Manager At The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village In NE Florida

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (March 2011) – Francine Rattenbury has joined The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida as National Sales Manager. In her new position, she is responsible for working with meeting professionals, association executives, incentive/recognition specialists, business executives, and travel agents to coordinate meetings and group programs at the 301-room Northeast Florida resort. 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.

Prior to joining The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, Rattenbury was a Senior Sales Manager for Windstream Communications. Previous to that, she was a Sales Manager for the AAA Four-Diamond Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has more than 13 years of sales experience, which includes 8 years of experience in the travel industry.

“We’re very pleased to have Francine join our sales team at The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village,” said Scott Selvaggi, the resort’s director of sales & marketing. “She has an outstanding sales background, and she will be a valuable resource for groups interested in conducting a meeting or program in Florida.”

The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, which completed a comprehensive $10 million resort-wide renovation in 2008, is a consistent recipient of many of the meeting industry’s highest honors, This includes Meetings & Conventions magazine’s “2010 Gold Key Award,” Medical Meetings magazine’s “2010 M&D Award,” and Meetings & Conventions magazine’s “Gold Tee Award.” In addition, the resort was named one of the “Top 80 Golf Resorts” in the world in a readers’ poll in Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village right next to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort features 301 completely remodeled 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 a popular restaurant and bar called 500 South.

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Rattenbury Named National Sales Manager at Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village/Page 2 Guest rooms and suites feature 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, which now has a Colonial/Asian theme with lush foliage and a colorful 7-story modern hanging sculpture that captures the wind and air elements, 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 putting course, a 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® 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, as well as explore historic St. Augustine. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites such as the historic Castillo de San Marcos fortress, and The Fountain of Youth.

For more information, 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

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.