HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- When it comes to running a fleet of golf cars or hosting a fleet of golf-car manufacturers, Mission Inn Resort and Yamaha Golf-Car Company know how to put things in drive.
The family-owned Mission Inn-nestled on 1,100 acres of rolling citrus hills in Central Florida and celebrating 50 years of family ownership-has been a Yamaha facility for three years, hosting a fleet of Yamaha golf cars for its resort guests and members. And in a few weeks, the resort will host Yamaha's national sales meeting, with the company's dealers, distributors, and international guests taking over the property for four days.
"Yamaha will be the only group in-house from May 18 through 21," says Dawn Lafferty, Mission Inn's Senior Sales Manager. "That's a big appeal to a group like this: They can virtually own the resort and have it exclusively for their use the entire time."
With more than 250 guests, Yamaha is taking every one of the resort's 176 rooms. The group also will use the main ballroom and numerous breakout rooms for meetings. When not meeting, there will be all meals, receptions, and a host of outdoor activities. Attendees will go fishing as well as trap and skeet shooting, enjoy the on-site Spa Marbella, and, of course, play golf on the resort's two exciting 18-hole courses-El Campeón (one of the oldest courses in Florida, originally opening in 1917) and Las Colinas (1992).
"Just as Yamaha takes care of our cars, we'll take care of them," says Lafferty, "everything they need, soup to nuts, meetings and activities. We'll even have breakfast sushi and rice on our breakfast buffets because there will be a number of Japanese dignitaries in attendance. In fact, I'm looking for a source of Japanese-language newspapers right now."
Along with staging a meeting together, Mission Inn and Yamaha are in an advertisement together. In the latest issue of PGA Magazine, resort Vice President and General Manager Bud Beucher appears with Yamaha spokesman Lee Trevino. Calling Yamaha golf cars, "the best drive of the day," Beucher-who represents the second generation of the Inn's family ownership-says that Yamaha is "a fleet we can depend on," and invites readers to call him directly and ask why Mission Inn chose Yamaha cars.
There's no question why Yamaha chose Mission Inn for its national sales meeting.
Located 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport, Mission Inn Resort underwent a total upgrade last year, from guest rooms to food and beverage, plus new team-building and conference facilities.
The Inn specializes in reasonably priced packages coupled with outstanding personal service, creating an environment ideal for organizations looking to enhance corporate communication, encourage employees to connect and cooperate, and enjoy unique interactive activities in a nurturing, yet relaxing, environment.
The revitalized conference facilities feature more than 30,000 square feet of dedicated space, including 19 separate meeting rooms, two large ballrooms, outdoor patios, courtyards, and verandahs, and a lakeside pavilion.
Meeting-based activities can range from the Adventure Learning Center to golf, tennis, fishing, boating, eco-tours, and parties and other events themed to group needs. Mission Inn's banquet menus emphasize contemporary American cuisine, with a broad range of other food options available.
The resort offers high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the business center, restaurants, and meeting facilities, as well as in the guest rooms and suites. Rooms feature golf, tennis, or water views as well as screened balconies and well-appointed baths. All overnight guests receive complimentary access to the Clubhouse Fitness Center, as well.
For additional information or to book a meeting, call 800-523-2289 or access the resort Web site at missioninnresort.com.
About Mission Inn Resort & Club:
Mission Inn is a four season resort located in the rolling hills of Central Florida's Lake County in the town of Howey-in-the-Hills, 35 minutes northwest of Orlando. The destination resort features classic Spanish Colonial architecture, 176 graciously appointed guestrooms, suites and villas, two championship golf courses, three restaurants, two lounges and poolside bar. Recreational amenities include eight tennis courts, trap and skeet shooting range, jogging and bicycling trails, volleyball courts, outdoor pool and hydro-spa, fitness center, nautical center with 52-slip marina, fishing, and powerboat and go eco-touring. The 6,200-square-foot Spa Marbella provides an extensive menu of treatments and services. More than 30,000 square feet of well-appointed indoor and outdoor event space is available for meetings, banquets, holiday parties, weddings and special occasions. For more information, guests may call (800) 874-9053 or visit the resort's Web site at missioninnresort.com
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