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by Michael C. Lowe | June 01, 2012
Northwest:
Convention Centers

Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center; exhibit space, 52,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, six; (850) 487-1691; tlccc.org

Baytowne Conference Center (San­destin); exhibit space, 21,900 square feet; number of meeting rooms, eight; (800) 277-0803; sandestin.com

Emerald Coast Conference Center (Fort Walton Beach); exhibit space, 21,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (800) 322-3319; destin-fwb.com/conference

Pensacola Civic Center; exhibit space, approximately 20,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (850) 432-0800; pensacolaciviccenter.com

Airport Transit

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, 10-15 miles from Panama City Beach. Transfer cost by taxi, about $50

Northwest Florida Regional Airport, about seven miles north of Okaloosa Island. Transfer cost by taxi, $24

Panama City-Bay County Interna­tional Airport, 10 miles northeast of Panama City Beach. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Pensacola Region­al Airport, seven miles northeast of downtown Pensacola. Transfer cost by taxi, $15

Tallahassee Re­gional Airport, eight miles southwest of downtown Talla­hassee. Transfer cost by taxi, $20

Taxes


The Beaches of South Walton: room tax, 4.5%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11.5%

Fort Walton Beach: room tax, 5%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%

Panama City Beach: room tax, 3%; sales tax, 6.5%; city licensing tax, 1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.5%

Pensacola: room tax, 4%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10%

Tallahassee: room tax, 5%; sales tax, 7.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.5%

Northeast:
Convention Centers

Ocean Center Convention & Entertainment Complex (Daytona Beach); exhibit space, 167,980 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 31; (800) 858-6444; oceancenter.com

Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center (Jacksonville); exhibit space, 78,500 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 22; (904) 630-4000; jaxevents.com/primeosborn.php

St. Johns County Convention Center (St. Augustine); exhibit space, approximately 33,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, five; (904) 940-8632; worldgolfrenaissance.com

Emerald Coast Convention Center; exhibit space, 21,000; number of meeting rooms 12; (850) 609-3800; emeraldcoastfl.com/convention

Airport Transit

Amelia Island: room tax, 4%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11%

Daytona Beach International Airport, four miles west of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $12

Jacksonville International Airport, approximately 12 miles north of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $28-$35; by shuttle, $20

Taxes

Daytona Beach: room tax, 6%; sales tax, 6.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.5%

Jacksonville: room tax, 6%; sales tax 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

St. Augustine: room tax, 4%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10%