Small Market Meetings

DEC 2016

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December 2016 29 Located on 450 acres near Bradenton, IMG Academy serves as a school and training destination for athletes of all ages and abilities, and offers performance coaching for business groups. Former colle- giate and professional players and coaches, teachers and perfor- mance specialists can tailor a day or several days. Facilities include an on-campus spa, sport fields, tennis and basketball courts and a new multisport stadium with seating capacity for 5,000. The Circus Arts Conservatory can accommodate groups of five to 50 for a variety of circus arts team-building activities that help boost self-esteem, encour- age team bonding and provide a fun approach to getting a group to work, play and learn together. The Circus Arts Conservatory rents a big-top tent for one-ring shows that feature magicians and performers for audiences of up to 1,754; the event can include a performance before or after the reception, circus meals and a red carpet. At Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, an urban oasis among 20,000 exotic plants, the newly renovated Great Room by the Bay accommodates up to 250 people and overlooks Sarasota Bay and Ringling Bridge through a wall of windows. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium can host cocktails at the reef, dinner among the sharks and luaus at a tiki hut; it also has six indoor and outdoor meeting spaces with capacity for up to 500 guests. Team Unity Off-Site Activities Siesta Key is one of Sarasota County's most picturesque beaches. Sarasota County is home to 30 hotels featuring meeting spaces of 600 to 22,000 square feet. A short walk away from the chic boutiques of St. Armand's Circle, the 294-room Hyatt Regency Sarasota overlooks a marina and Sarasota Bay. The hotel's 20,000 square feet of meeting space includes classroom capacity for 700. A luxury landmark, the newly renovated 266-room Ritz-Carlton offers championship golf, private beachfront facilities and a well-appointed spa. Its 18,000 square feet of meeting space includes classroom and banquet capacity for 800. The 219-room Resort at Longboat Key Club offers multiple restaurants, a premier beachfront and 12,000 square feet of meeting space. The open-air Sarasota Trolley has been transporting guests for 25 years and offers special packages. Three trolleys seat 34 passengers each. Decorated with polished brass, etched glass and burnished wood, they're outfitted with an iPod-compatible sound system. Gulf Coast Destinations and SRQ Services can arrange for a dine-around as well as transport guests to area activities. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, five miles from downtown Sarasota, services direct flights on most major airlines from key Northeast and Southeast destinations. In addition, Sarasota is just under an hour's driving dis- tance from Tampa International Airport. Gorgeous Accommodations Getting There

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