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Released on Wednesday, September 12,2007

Destin, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2007) –   Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort will host the 27th annual Florida Encounter, the premier business-to-business event showcasing all the Sunshine State has to offer meeting and incentive groups, October 27 – 31, 2007. Presented by VISIT FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida, Florida Encounter provides meeting planners the opportunity to discover new destinations and businesses in Florida during an exclusive three-day appointment-only event.

Meeting planners, supplies and media are now invited to submit their application for attendance for Florida Encounter at

Florida Encounter maintains a strict one-to-one ratio, giving group planner the opportunity to make contacts and explore Florida’s unsurpassed services and venues in a relaxed atmosphere. By attending Florida Encounter, attendees efficiently experience the diverse offerings of Florida's meetings and convention industry. The cost for qualified meeting professionals to attend is only $250, which includes airfare, accommodations, meal functions and activities.

In addition to scheduled meetings with various Florida properties and businesses, guests to Florida Encounter can enjoy the multitude of on-site amenities and activities at Sandestin. Guests can choose from a variety of complimentary amenities including use of the fitness center, bicycles, and one hour of canoe, kayak and tennis court time daily as well as festive seasonal events.

“Sandestin is honored to be the host venue for the 2007 Florida Encounter,” said Rob Babcock, vice president and general manager of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. “As the premier meetings venue in the Beaches of South Walton area, we are thrilled to showcase our property and destination to this industry so important to our success.”

VISIT FLORIDA has more than 3,300 partners in the Florida hospitality industry, ranging from hotels and resorts, amusement parks, convention centers and Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVB) to transportation companies and DMCs. Florida Encounter is one of the longest-running, award-winning events in the industry.

For more information or to register for Florida Encounter, visit To make reservations or for more information, call Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at 800/470-7389, or visit group sales information, contact 850/267-8160.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a 2,400 acre resort located in Northwest Florida, between Pensacola and Panama City, eight miles east of Destin. Sandestin is an award-winning resort located on 7.5 miles of beach and bayfront property with 1,450 accommodations and 65,000 square feet of meeting space. Sandestin guests enjoy a wide variety of complimentary amenities, including the new Village of Baytowne Wharf, property-wide tram service, daily use of the Sandestin health club (adults only), complimentary use of bicycles, canoes, kayaks, boogie boards and tennis court time, plus free children's fishing licenses for our many stocked ponds. To further enhance the guest experience, Sandestin introduces the Surf Club, the new exclusive VIP section of

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