Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation Undergoes Renovation

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – (February 1, 2012)Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, has begun renovations to the lobby, restaurants and common areas of the hotel. The multi-million project, slated for completion in early April, follows recent renovations to the hotel’s 255 guest rooms and the resort’s Sport & Health Club that were completed last year.

The lobby will have a new check-in area that is being designed for efficiency and ease of service. The renovation will modernize and open up the reception area with a vibrant and contemporary first impression.

“Our new lobby will roll out the welcome mat, and it has been designed to create comfort and ease when guests check in,” said Bob Barenberg, managing director, Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach. “Our design team carefully selected fabrics and color palettes to create a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere.”

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Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation Undergoes Renovation

Hotel Redesigns Restaurants and Lobby Are

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – (February 1, 2012) – Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, has begun renovations to the lobby, restaurants and common areas of the hotel. The multi-million project, slated for completion in early April, follows recent renovations to the hotel’s 255 guest rooms and the resort’s Sport & Health Club that were completed last year.

The lobby will have a new check-in area that is being designed for efficiency and ease of service. The renovation will modernize and open up the reception area with a vibrant and contemporary first impression.

“Our new lobby will roll out the welcome mat, and it has been designed to create comfort and ease when guests check in,” said Bob Barenberg, managing director, Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach. “Our design team carefully selected fabrics and color palettes to create a more relaxed and inviting atmosphere.”

The hotel’s food and beverage outlets will also receive renovations to modernize and enhance the facilities as well as offer breathtaking views of the surrounding natural beauty of Myrtle Beach.  A new upscale 44-seat oceanfront restaurant is being added and will offer scenic views along the Atlantic Ocean.  The existing lobby restaurant, Fisheye Grill, will be completely transformed into a new open kitchen concept with modern fixtures. This restaurant will serve the hotel’s complimentary, cooked-to-order breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner.  A new lobby bar is also being added with large-screen televisions for guests to enjoy news and sporting events. The current café bar in the lobby that offers Starbucks™ products will be expanded with additional seating and an extended menu offering grab-and-go sandwiches, milk shakes and pre-made salads. In addition, improvements will be made to the lobby retail and gift shop.

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Embassy Suites Wins ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – (January 23, 2012) – Embassy Suites at Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, was selected as a winner of 2011 ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Award, according to the magazine.

The annual awards highlight the South’s most creative and professional convention and visitors bureaus and meeting sites as selected by the readers of ConventionSouth magazine, the #1 national meetings publication focused exclusively on the South for the past 28 years.  The Readers’ Choice Award Winners are nominated and voted on by meeting planners who receive ConventionSouth monthly.

The 255-suite oceanfront Embassy Suites Hotel is part of one of the most comprehensive oceanfront conference destination between Atlanta City and West Palm Beach. The resort complex of four oceanfront towers combines more than 113,000 square feet of meeting space offering state-of-the-art audio/visual conferencing facilities, wireless high-speed internet access, banquet and catering facilities along with a dedicated and experienced meeting staff. Kingston Plantation Conference Center at Embassy Suites features 65,000 square feet of meeting space in 17 rooms that can accommodate groups from 50 to 2,000. The 20-story Embassy Suites combines breathtaking views with the comforts of home—perfect for meetings and corporate gatherings and family or romantic getaways. Embassy Suites guests enjoy a number of additional amenities, including a daily complimentary buffet breakfast and manager’s cocktail reception every evening.

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Meetings, Group Business in Sights

Hoteliers unite, court meeting planners

SUN NEWS – (January 2012) – By Dawn Bryant dbryant@thesunnews.com

You might start seeing more visitors with conference nametags wandering around town or stepping out of motorcoaches if the new strategies promoters are using to lure these types of groups to the Grand Strand work.

The Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and lodging properties with lots of meeting space have tweaked their recruiting tactics in recent months aiming to bring more groups and conventions to the beach – just as that segment of travel starts to slowly rebound nationally after years of drastic cutbacks amid the wobbly economy.

Group business – which mainly includes annual conventions, meetings, sports events and motorcoach tours is a small sliver, about 10 percent, of the overall number of visitors to the Grand Strand each year – leisure vacationers dominate, of course. But most meetings happen in the spring and fall, making it an ideal type of business for the Grand Strand to supplement the busy summer season, experts say.

“It seems like the perfect match,” said Bill Geist of Zeitgeist Consulting, which studied the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s efforts and suggested ways to improve a few months ago. “They are meeting when you need rooms.”
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Kingston Plantation Offers Guests a Taste of Everything

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday – (January 16, 2012) – by Terry Massey

Accommodations on a Myrtle Beach golf getaway don’t get much better than a stay at Kingston Plantation, which is an island to itself amid a sea of some of the Grand Strand’s best layouts.

With a wide range of accommodations to suit your needs and top-notch amenities that include its own water park and other recreational facilities, as well as four on-site restaurants and grills and three bars, one could spend a week at Kingston Plantation without leaving.

But with some of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses and hot spots just a short drive away, you’ll want to explore your surroundings. Here are some of the nearby attractions you’ll want to check out:

* Golf: Kingston Plantation is one of the few resorts to have its own on-site course, with Arcadian Shores Golf Club only a golf-cart ride away. Designed by Rees Jones and praised in various national golf magazines, Arcadian Shores also features lighted practice facilities so you can work on your game after the sun sets.

* Dining: In addition to Cafe Amalfi and the Fisheye Grill located on-site at Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach’s famed Restaurant Row is just a short drive inland, giving guests a wide range of dining options. Some popular picks include Chestnut Hill, Cagney’s, Rossi’s and Thoroughbreds for fine dining and Bimini’s, Chuck’s Steakhouse and the Chesapeake House for more casual accommodations.

* Attractions: Located between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach, Kingston Plantation is midway between all the major attractions both cities have to offer. Head north for Barefoot Landing, an entertainment and shopping complex that also features the Alabama Theater, Alligator Adventure and The House of Blues, or go south to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach.

* Nightlife: Both Barefoot Landing and Broadway at the Beach offer plenty of great clubs, but there are more laid back options closer to home. Bimini’s is a popular local’s hangout after dinner hours, and Finn McCool’s Irish pub is a great place for a drink after playing your favorite Myrtle Beach golf course. Calli Baker’s Firehouse Bar and Grill is another local hot spot, and Ocean Annie’s Pool deck Bar just down Shore Drive is the place to be when it’s warm.

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Kingston Plantation Wins Magellan Best Family/Resort Award

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – (November 22, 2011) – Kingston Plantation, an oceanfront resort in Myrtle Beach, was selected as a Magellan Award winner for best family/resort hotel. The winners of The 2011 Magellan Awards were announced by Travel Weekly.

With entries from across the United States and around the world, the Magellan Awards is the premier awards program honoring the best in the travel industry. The complete list of winners can be viewed at www.travelweeklyawards.com. The awards honor a broad range of industry segments including hotels and resorts, travel destinations, cruise lines, online travel services, airlines and airports, travel agents and agencies, tour operators and car rental companies.

“This year’s Magellan Award winners have once again impressed the judges with their creativity and sense of style,” said Arnie Weissmann, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly.  He added, “The recipients of the Magellans truly represent the best of the industry, and their accomplishments are inspiring.”

The Magellan Awards are judged and overseen by a panel of top travel professionals representing the best names and most accomplished leaders from the industry. In determining winners, entries do not compete with one another, instead they are judged against a standard of excellence based on the long experience of Travel Weekly. To uphold this high standard of excellence, a category may have multiple winners, or may have no winners at all.  Travel Weekly and TravelWeekly.com are the most influential news resources for the travel industry.

Kingston Resorts includes Kingston Plantation and the adjacent Kingston Shores, which are owned by FelCor Lodging Trust, Inc.  These Myrtle Beach resorts offer a Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, an Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Hotel and a variety of luxury Myrtle Beach condominiums, townhomes and Myrtle Beach vacation villas all located along the famous Grand Strand.  Guests at both properties can enjoy access to recreational facilities including a 50,000 square-foot Sport & Health Club with indoor and outdoor pools, lit tennis courts, pro shop and state-of-the-art fitness equipment, Splash!, an oceanfront water park and lazy river, Rees Jones-designed Arcadian Shores Golf Course and a host of seasonal activities for adults and children.  For more information, call 800-876-0010 or visit www.kingstonresorts.com.

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