Founded by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, Salamander Hotels & Resorts to date has a portfolio of five luxury properties, each reflecting the authenticity and character of its surrounding environment. At venues such as the 170-room Henderson, a beach resort in Destin, Fla., and the stately Hotel Bennett, with 179 rooms in historic Charleston, S.C., Salamander gives planners and attendees plenty of resources for conducting business — and having fun.
The company came together last year during the depth of the pandemic to develop a Well-Meeting Program that promotes wide-open spaces, imaginative venues, immunity-boosting cuisine, healthful activities, and virtual and hybrid event technologies.
Named for the signature flower worn by founder Bea Tallman’s husband, the Red Carnation collection stands at 20 global properties, from the Milestone Hotel & Residences, a beautiful historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa and the magnificent Ashford Castle in Ireland. Each magnificent property is designed by Bea herself and offers planner-friendly services such as dedicated events coordinators, elegantly appointed boardrooms and specially themed meeting breaks.
Owned by Harris Rosen, the Southeast's largest independent hotelier, 46-year-old Rosen Hotels & Resorts is Orlando's homegrown treasure, with three convention hotels alone totaling 3,635 guest rooms, 700,000 square feet of meeting space, over two dozen unique restaurants, plenty of golf, spas, pools and more. Rosen often personally greets planners on-site, while a rare staff longevity averages 10 years of service.