Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2021

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19 B M & T ••• September/October 2021 ••• PGA NATIONAL RESORT AND SPA The contemporary 369-room PGA National Resort and Spa not only holds a dis- tinguished 28-year legacy of professional tour- nament play including the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship but offers guests an out- standing array of luxurious amenities such as the soothing spa; expansive health & racquet club as well an outstanding array of gourmet dining experiences. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, PGA National Resort and Spa is on a lake, within a 10-minute drive of Downtown at the Gardens and Dyer Park. This 4-star resort is 6 mi (9.7 km) from Playmobil Fun Park and 6.9 mi (11.1 km) from Grassy Waters Nature Preserve. Welcome to a world of elegance, excite- ment, and entertainment. With a recent $90 million resort-wide renovation, luxurious accommodations, all-new restaurants, leg- endary golf, world-class fitness facilities, a renowned spa, exceptional activities and attrac- tions, and a distinctive selection of venues — including an array of outdoor options — your attendees will say, "Yes!" to coming to PGA National Resort & Spa, again and again. Beneath the sun's golden rays, the sky's glit- tering stars, or the graceful chandeliers of their regal ballrooms, your event is sure to be staged in a brilliant light at PGA National Resort & Spa. The property has an array of meeting and conference facilities sure to meet your organi- zations needs. This includes the PGA Grand Ballroom, boasting nearly 10,000 sq. ft. ad able to accommodate nearly 1,200 attendees, and the Masters Ballroom, with its adjacent expan- sive, open air terrace, an excellent option for indoor-outdoor gatherings. This 3,330-sq. ft. C hoosing the right venue for your meeting or conference is a crucial step in the planning process. Select a destination or facility that doesn't resonate with your target audience and you very well may put a damper on attendance, no matter how spectacular your scheduled program may be. Planners are challenged to pick a venue that has the amenities that will boost attendance, while at the same time taking care that these same features that attract delegates will not also detract from the business at hand. Golf resorts, claim many planners, can offer the perfect balance for a successful meeting event. Organizations like Black Enterprise and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners have used golf tournaments as an integral part of the pre-conference activities, and this year Travel Professionals of Color will include their first golf tournament when they convene May 18-21 in Orlando, FL at the Reunion Golf and Spa Resort. Here are a few golf resorts you should consider for your upcoming meeting or conference. PGA Nattional Resort and Spa course photo credit: PoPMedia Group/Robert Ingram MEETINGS LOVE GOLF RESORTS BY RUFUS MCKINNEY

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