The western edge of the Sunshine State is humming with new projects of interest to meeting planners, from a $175 million hotel renovation on Marco Island to several debuts and refurbished properties in Tampa. The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay (above) recently completed a major revamp.News Flash
In 2017, the 726-room Marco Island Marriott will become the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort following a $175 million project that will add more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, a rooftop restaurant and more.
In April, the 263-room Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village added four breakout rooms that hold 49 guests each and feature outdoor terraces. The resort has 25,000 square feet for events.Dine out. Avenue5
is now open at the Inn on Fifth in Naples. The $3 million restaurant offers prime cuts of meat, local produce and fresh seafood, in addition to 300 wines. Two private dining rooms are available.See the Sites
Tampa Bay became the first Florida destination to offer CityPass,
which allows visitors access to five local attractions, including Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium, for $119, a savings of 38 percent.