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The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village Nearing Completion of $10 Million Renovation

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL (November 2007) – The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village, located within the lush 6,300-acre World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, is nearing completion of an impressive $10 million renovation. The project includes the complete remodeling of all 301 guest rooms and suites, dramatic changes to the resort’s lobby atrium, remodeling of the restaurant and bar, new lighting throughout the public spaces, remodeling of all guest room corridors, enhancements to the main ballroom and meeting offerings, and even the addition of a new “signature scent.” The renovation of the Northeast Florida resort is slated for completion by January 2008.

Together with the adjoining St. Johns County Convention Center and the adjacent World Golf Hall of Fame, the resort is the largest combination hotel and conference center between Atlanta and Orlando, with 86,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

“There’s not a part of the resort that isn’t being touched by this multi-million dollar upgrade,” said Mark Schwantner, general manager of the award-winning resort. “We’re very excited about all of these changes, and know that meeting professionals, incentive specialists, groups and leisure guests will just love all of the enhancements.”

The remodeling of many of the guest rooms and suites is already complete, with the remaining slated for completion by December 2007. All guest rooms and suites will soon feature all new furniture, soft goods, window treatments, and lighting. In addition, rooms and suites will feature new flat screen televisions, and the signature Marriott JackPack, which provides complete connectivity to the guests for laptops, IPODs, cameras, and game systems.

Bathrooms in the guest rooms and suites feature all new vanities, lighting, and wallpaper in a more modern design, as well as new granite countertops. The wood vanities have been custom made, and offer a spa-like setting with niches for towels and other amenities.

All guest room corridors will soon feature new carpeting with different shades of green accented by bright reds, blues and gold. Walls will be covered in a rich, red wallcovering with gold accents, and new lighting will illuminate the space.

The entry of the resort will boast beautiful new flooring, wood-wrapped columns, and accents of the Florida citrus colors. Guests will now have the option to check-in at the front desk, or they may choose to check-in unassisted at the new kiosks positioned in the lobby.

The entry will lead to a dramatically remodeled 10-story atrium lobby, which will now have a Colonial/Asian theme with new furniture in hues of blue and green, new carpeting, new lighting, an enhanced waterfall and stream, and lush foliage (including bamboo) throughout to fit the Asian theme. Probably the most dramatic change to the atrium will be the addition of a new 7-story modern hanging sculpture that captures the wind and air elements, reminiscent of open Florida skies.

In addition, the lobby will feature new conversational seating areas, which will also be positioned near the resort’s bar. The bar is being remodeled, and will feature a large center-standing TV, with new furniture in colors of vibrant red and orange with accents of bright green. The adjacent restaurant will boast a picturesque full-length wine wall, as well as colorful new furniture, warm wood tones and new lighting.

The resort’s 26,450-square-foot St. Augustine Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 2,700 guests for receptions or 3,000 for theater-style, will get new carpet and wall finishes. The resort is also adding flex-back chairs for all meeting space.

Whether you’re seeking a golfer’s paradise or a lush resort getaway for your group, The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village has something for everyone. Featuring a wealth of recreational offerings that appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike, this award-winning resort enables you to play golf on two of the country’s finest golf courses, relax at an exclusive oceanfront beach club, enjoy a soothing service at a world-class spa, and explore the wonders of America’s oldest city, St. Augustine. Combine these offerings with the $10 million renovation, and you’ll truly find a Florida paradise.

Offering spectacular views overlooking the Village’s picturesque lake and golf courses, The Renaissance Resort is adjacent to the remarkable World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition to being an easy stroll to that impressive facility, the resort provides to guests the opportunity to play golf on the exceptional King & Bear and Slammer & Squire courses, and to have privileges at the renowned PGA TOUR Golf Academy.

Renaissance guests also are able to enjoy an indoor professional golf simulator, where you can play on simulated greens of 22 top-ranked courses. Additional on-site offerings include a 24-hour health club and sauna, large pool, hot tub, tennis courts, a billiard room, 24-hour business center, and full-service concierge.

Just a chip shot from the resort, guests will find The World Golf Hall of Fame’s 18-hole championship real grass putting course, the 132-yard Island Challenge Hole, an IMAX® Theater, and the Walk of Champions.

Additionally, Renaissance guests have privileges at the private Serenata Beach Club, which provides access to miles of Atlantic beach, and features three impressive pools. Renaissance guests also have access to the PGA TOUR Spa Laterra, which is a short complimentary ride from the resort.

In addition to the St. Augustine Ballroom, the resort features an array of meeting rooms, an executive boardroom, audiovisual packages, a 24-hour business center, high-speed Internet access, the latest in presentation technology, technical support manager, an on-property meetings concierge, and full catering services.

When visiting the resort, your group should consider exploring beautiful St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, the area is rich with Spanish architecture, with charming cobblestone streets and many fascinating historical sites. Guests can visit the historic Castillo de San Marcos fort, The Fountain of Youth, and the nation’s Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. St. Augustine offers sightseeing trolleys, charter boats, and an array of water sports.

For more information on the resort, call 1-888-740-7020 or 1-904-940-8000, or visit:

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