Top 20 Area Meeting Facilities

Ranking is based on number of square feet.

1. Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center (Sarasota)

Total feet of meeting space: 93,000

Meeting rooms: 5

Total capacity: 480

Owner: Oscar R. Parsons

Contact: Ron Scott, (941) 355-9161

2. Manatee Convention & Civic Center (Manatee)

Total feet of meeting space: 32,400

Meeting rooms: 7

Total capacity: 4,000

Owner: Manatee Civic Center Authority and Manatee County

Contact: Ann VanWormer, (941) 722-3244, ext. 226

3. Stardust Event Center

Total feet of meeting space: 24,200

Meeting rooms: 2

Total capacity: 1,260

Owner: Ronni and Larry Tasman

Contact: Ronni Tasman, (941) 365-6888

4. Ramada Sarasota South

Total feet of meeting space: 20,200

Meeting rooms: 3

Total capacity: 360

Owner: P.D. Gadhia

Contact: P.D. Gadhia, (941) 966-2121

5. Hyatt Sarasota

Total feet of meeting space: 20,000

Meeting rooms: 18

Total capacity: 1,250

Owner: Hotel Associates of Sarasota, Ltd.

Contact: Minna Traugott, CMP, LES, (941) 363-2605

6. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Total feet of meeting space: 18,000

Meeting rooms: 7

Total capacity: 1,200

Owner: Slab, LLC

Contact: Stephen Dencker, (941) 309-2000

7. (tie) Holiday Inn Riverfront (Manatee)

Total feet of meeting space: 10,000

Meeting rooms: 6

Total capacity: 400

Owner: Ocean Properties, Ltd.

Contact: Jane Evers, (941) 747-3727

7. (tie) Holiday Inn Airport/Marina

Total feet of meeting space: 10,000

Meeting rooms: 4

Total capacity:450

Owner: Driftwood Hospitality Service

Contact: Sharon Kingston, (941) 552-2313

8. The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort

Total feet of meeting space: 9,000

Meeting rooms: 8

Total capacity: 240

Owner: Dr. Murray "Murf" Klauber

Contact: Carol Sonnemann, (941) 383-6464, ext. 2263

9. The Resort at Longboat Key Club

Total feet of meeting space: 7,000

Meeting rooms: 6

Total capacity: 200 banquet style, 150 theater style

Owner: Shannon Resort & Club Group

Contact: Mary Kay Ryan, (941) 387-1607

10. Chelsea Center

Total feet of meeting space: 6,000

Meeting rooms: 5

Total capacity: 400

Owner: Diocese of Venice

Contact: Richard Keller, (941) 927-7689

11. Radisson Lido Beach Resort

Total feet of meeting space: 5,000

Meeting rooms: 8

Total capacity: 350

Owner: Calpac, Inc.

Contact: Chris Brown, (941) 388-5604

12. Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch (Manatee)

Total feet of meeting space: 2,500

Meeting rooms: 3

Total capacity: 100 banquet style

Owner: Zieg Hospitality Corp.

Contact: Peg McKay, (941) 782-4404

13. Helmsley Sandcastle

Total feet of meeting space: 2,400

Meeting rooms: 3

Total capacity: 225 theater-style, 130 banquet style

Owner: Helmsley Hotels

Contact: Julia Ryan, (941) 388-2181

14. Best Western Ambassador Suites

Total feet of meeting space: 1,332

Meeting rooms: 4

Total capacity: 110

Owner: Jacaranda Hospitality, Inc.

Contact: Joy Masters, (941) 480-9898

15. AmericInn Hotel & Suites

Total feet of meeting space: 1,210

Meeting rooms: 3

Total capacity: 80

Owner: Allen Investments

Contact: Jared Riccio, (941) 342-8778

16. Comfort Inn and Suites (Manatee)

Total feet of meeting space: 1,200

Meeting rooms: 2

Total capacity: 45

Owner: Granjade Hospitality

Contact: Barbara Nelson, (941) 795-4633

16. Hampton Inn

Total feet of meeting space: 1,200

Meeting rooms: 2

Total capacity: 50 classroom style, 90 theater

Owner: Allen Investments

Contact: Diane Ford, (941) 371-1902

17. Holiday Inn Siesta Key

Total feet of meeting space:1,000

Meeting rooms: 1

Total capacity: 75

Owner: Rodger Atlas

Contact: Nickolas Mavrikas, (941) 924-4900

18. Bridgewalk, A Landmark Resort (Manatee)

Total feet of meeting space: 950

Meeting rooms: 2

Total capacity: 72

General Manager: Angela Rodecker

Contact: Nancy Buchanan, (941) 782-1137

19. Tropical Breeze Resort

Total feet of meeting space: 650

Meeting rooms: 1

Total capacity: 70

Owner: Tropical Breeze

Contact: Andy Reiselt, (941) 349-1125, ext. 605

20. Springhill Suites by Marriott

Total feet of meeting space: 600

Meeting rooms: 1

Total capacity: 24 classroom style, 30 theater

Owner: McKibbon Hotel Management

Contact: Judy Athari, (941) 358-0618

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