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Northern Florida

Why Here?
Florida Bay Sunset
Northern Florida offers a colorful combination of history (St. Augustine), quaint beach towns (South Walton) and pristine stretches of sand (Panama City), giving planners plenty of attractive choices when selecting an ideal setting for their next meeting.

The Panhandle
Pensacola International Airport recently completed an $80 million renovation, adding a state-of-the-art baggage-handling system, a new ticketing and rental car area, and more.

The 164-room Four Points Tallahassee opened in May with more than 17,000 square feet of function space. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a fitness center and a saline pool with hot tub.

The 598-room Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has completed a $6.5 million renovation that included expanding the outdoor pool deck and adding a hot tub. The hotel has more than 32,000 square feet of meeting space.

The former Bay Point Marriott in Panama City is now the Wyndham Bay Point Resort, offering 316 guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, five pools and two golf courses.


Tuneful Tweets
For the latest concert listings at the Ponte Vedra Music Hall, follow @PonteVedraMusic on Twitter.

Meeting Hotels
For a comprehensive list of meeting properties throughout the Florida Panhandle, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention CentersPensacola Civic Center; exhibit space, 20,600 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (850) 432-0800

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

Emerald Coast Convention Center (Fort Walton Beach); exhibit space, 21,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 12; (800) 322-3319

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group Venue

Put attendees' culinary chops to the test at Kitchenique, a kitchen store and cooking school in Destin. Class options include creative preparation of local seafood. (850) 837-0432

Contact
Beaches of South Walton Tourist Devel­opment Council, (800) 822-6877

Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 322-3319

Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 722-3224

Pensacola Visitor Information Center, (800) 874-1234

Visit Tallahassee, (800) 628-2866