Average Room Rate: $107.72 USD
Convention Facilities: The Ocean Center is the convention facility in Daytona. Last year, a $76-million expansion doubled its size, to 200,000 sq. ft. oceancenter.com
For small conventions or conferences and large meetings: News-Journal Center (12,000 sq. ft.) and Mori Hosseini Center (62,500 sq. ft.) daytonastate.edu
Getting there: Air Canada, Air Transat and WestJet, and several U.S. carriers, fly direct to the Orlando International Airport, a one-hour drive from Daytona Beach. Delta Airlines and US Air fly to the Daytona International Airport connecting through Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, N.C. respectively.
Across the street from the Ocean Center (the city’s primary convention facility), the 744-room Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort was closed for a year in 2004 for extensive renovations. Daytona’s largest property, it has 60,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a ballroom accommodating 2,000.
The Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center recently completed $38-million in renovations. This condominium hotel features 322 upmarket units and 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
The Shores Resort & Spa is the only Daytona Beach property to receive a AAA Four-Diamond rating. This oceanfront boutique hotel has 212 rooms and 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
Attractions + Distractions
The Daytona International Speedway’s track and other facilities offer a dramatic backdrop for events. Centrepiece is the Daytona 500 Experience, a building featuring racing memorabilia, race-car simulators and other hands-on attractions. Casual and formal affairs and team-building can be accomodated.
The heart of Daytona’s cultural scene is the Peabody Auditorium, a 2,525-seat, recently renovated facility that hosts a wide range of performers and symphonies from around the world.
Daytona Beach is the international headquarters for the Ladies Professional Golf Assocation (LPGA), whose elegant clubhouse accommodates special-event buyouts and group tournaments on two championship courses.
À la Carte
Vince Carter’s is Daytona Beach’s newest and most anticipated restaurant. Launched in January, 2010, by hometown boy and NBA star Vince Carter, it seats 400 and can be booked for exclusive use. The restaurant created by the basketball celebrity promises great food in an upscale yet casual atmosphere.
Also new to the city are lunch and dinner cruises aboard the StarLite Princess, a replica of a vintage paddle wheeler accommodating 238 passengers. This fully modern vessel, which departs from Daytona and features narrated cruises along the Intercoastal Waterway, offers gourmet meals prepared onboard.