by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 01, 2017


Local Update

 The 170-room Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, has opened in the city of Destin on the Gulf of Mexico. The resort has 30,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, including the 5,221-square-foot Crystal Ballroom, the Grand Lawn and the Sunset Vista Terrace. Other features include the Primrose restaurant, the Horizons Bar, the Sea Level grill, two outdoor pools, a fitness room and the Salamander Spa with 11 treatment rooms. The Henderson is the anchor resort property of still-developing Henderson Beach Resort; future phases will include villa-style accommodations.

Meeting Hotels: Among the meeting properties in Okaloosa County are the 335-room Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, 216-room Four Points by Sheraton Destin--Fort Walton Beach, 170-room The Henderson and 195-room Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach.

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Convention center: Emerald Coast Convention Center; exhibit space, 65,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (850) 609-3800 or (877) 574-5123

Airport transit: Destin--Fort Walton Beach Airport, 16 miles from Destin.Transfer cost by taxi to Destin, $50

Taxes: Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%

Contact: Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, (850) 651-7647 or (800) 322-3319