• Sarasota County to See More Hotel Rooms

     
    POSTED August 20, 2017
     

Sarasota County will see the addition of 1,112 new hotel rooms over the next two years. These new accommodations will largely fall within walking distance of downtown Sarasota and the dining, arts and scenery that it offers.

The newly opened Westin Sarasota adds 26,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as a rooftop pool and bar area to Sarasota. The new Zota on Longboat Key has 187 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting space. The Art Ovation Hotel, part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott, will open in November 2017 with 162 guest rooms and several onsite restaurants, and the Embassy Suites by Hilton will open with 180 suites on 19 floors in early 2018. Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite community within the city of Sarasota, will see the opening of its first hotel in late 2017. The hotel will feature nearly 100 guest rooms and 4,000 square feet of meeting space. Finally, The Sarasota Modern: A Tribune Porfolio Hotel will open with 89 rooms in the Rosemary District in 2018. These new hotels are in addition to the Aloft Sarasota in downtown Sarasota, with 139 guest rooms and 550 square feet of meeting space.

“We have not had this many new hotels open in such a short span of time in more than a decade,” says Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota. “With expanded sporting events, cultural offerings and meetings, there is a demand for more hotel rooms. I am optimistic that our expanded sales efforts during the past several years will keep these hotels full year-round. VSC has initiated a robust plan to aggressively market these new and existing rooms in inventory.”

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Last year was the highest grossing ever for the United States commercial gaming industry.* Meeting planners who hold gatherings at casinos may just feel like they’ve hit the jackpot, too. Casino-based events provide one-stop convenience—the amenities of convention centers and bountiful hotel rooms, plus activities, dining, and nightlife. 

 

Doreen Guerin grew up an Air Force brat, living in Texas, Louisiana, and later England and France. When she was 13, her parents moved to Queens and, Guerin says, “I’m a New Yorker through and through.” That’s apparent from her accent as well as her dedication to the Javits Center, where, as the senior vice president of sales and marketing, she oversees the booking and event-related operations for more than 170 events each year. 

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If you want to be sure your meeting in the Northeast will strengthen team bonds, consider holding it at Cliff House Maine. Nestled on 70 acres atop Bald Head Cliff on the southern coast of Maine, the luxury property offers 226 guest rooms, including 40 suites, an adjacent 18-hole golf course, and 25,000 square feet of conference and meeting space that can accommodate up to 300 attendees. Venues include the Atlantic Ballroom, with its double-height panoramic windows offering endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.