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Convention South Magazine Names Luminary Hotel & Co., Caloosa Sound Convention Center Among Top Meeting Sites in the South

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2020) – Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development is proud to announce that their newly opened waterfront Luminary Hotel & Co. and the adjoining Caloosa Sound Convention Center each recently received a prestigious 2021 Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award from the publishers and editors of ConventionSouth magazine, a national multimedia resource for planning events in the South. As winners, the two properties are among an elite list of 59 meeting facilities located across the South to receive this year’s Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award. As part of the recognition, they will be featured as award recipients in the December 2020 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth.

“Our readers are constantly seeking information on the newest and like-new meeting sites in the South in order to offer their attendees the most modern facilities available, and this is why we are honored to bestow Luminary Hotel & Co. and the Caloosa Sound Convention Center with a Top New or Renovated Meeting Site Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Ashleigh Osborne. “After a lengthy review of what the two properties have to offer meeting planners and attendees, we feel they indeed display a superior commitment to providing groups with the top-of-the-line amenities and service that they require.”

Celebrating more than 35 years as a leading meeting planning resource, ConventionSouth magazine is based in Gulf Shores, Alabama, and is distributed to more than 18,000 meeting professionals located across the country who book meetings held within the South. A complete list of 2021 New and Renovated award winners can also be found online at

“A great deal of time, effort and expense went into ensuring the hotel and convention center offer the kind of facilities, amenities and services that professional meeting planners require for their events, including new standards for health and safety,” said Bob Megazzini, General Manager. “We’re honored to be recognized among such an elite group of properties as two of the best new options in the South.”

Luminary Hotel was also recently recognized as the 2020 Newcomer of the Year by Cvent, a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider with 300,000 users worldwide. The hotel houses 10,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space ideal for a variety of events and meetings, with the adjacent Caloosa Sound Convention Center offering an additional 40,000 square feet of function space. The hotel also offers convenient access to the new riverfront Oxbow Bar & Grill located on the Caloosahatchee River, scheduled to open in March 2021. A delightful blend of retail and casual dining, Oxbow’s second floor is reserved for special events and groups, with an outdoor terrace and picture windows offering spectacular river views.

Luminary Hotel & Co. takes standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and has taken additional steps to ensure the continued safety of its meeting guests and staff. Health and safety measures include handwashing hygiene, cleaning product specifications, electrostatic spraying in all public areas, guest room and common area cleaning procedures, daily temperature checks for all staff, and more. To promote the health and safety of our guests, face coverings are required for guests and associates in all indoor public areas. In this time of social distancing, Luminary Hotel & Co. offers an abundance of venues, spaces, and flexibility with over 50,000 square feet of event space to creatively accommodate almost any function, safely and responsibly.

Luminary Hotel & Co. is located just 16 miles (less than 30 minutes) from the award-winning Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. For more information, go to

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About Luminary Hotel & Co.

On Sept.23, 2020, the waterfront Luminary Hotel & Co. opened its doors, soaring 12 stories above downtown Fort Myers, Florida, as the area’s first hotel in the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International. More than a hotel, Luminary is a hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers tap into the collective energy of a city, and a story, begun by a brilliant cast of audacious local luminaries. The 243-room boutique hotel is home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie and Lobby Bar; Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge; Ella Mae's Diner; Dean Street Coffee; The Workshop culinary theater; an indoor and outdoor fitness facility; and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor featuring an event deck overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Luminary offers 10,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space ideal for a variety of events and meetings and is adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center. The hotel also offers convenient access to the new riverfront Oxbow Bar & Grill, Oxbow Retail & Rentals, and Caloosa Sound Amphitheater, all located on the Caloosahatchee and scheduled to open in 2021.






About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC

Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes five Autograph Collection hotels: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands; the boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( in Tampa, Florida; Waterline Marina Resort ( on Anna Maria Island, Florida; the historic Fenway Hotel ( in Dunedin, Florida and the riverfront Luminary Hotel & Co. ( in downtown Fort Myers, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida and The Karol Hotel (, the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in Pinellas County, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the U.S. under its Mainsail Corporate Housing brand ( Mainsail Lodging also manages a portfolio of private vacation homes through its Mainsail Vacation Rentals ( offered on Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Additional future projects include the 179-room Epicurean Atlanta (; a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; Wylie Hotel, an independent boutique hotel in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward (; and a historic boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse, to annual events such as the Epic Chef Showdown. Learn more at


About Autograph Collection Hotels

Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 180 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 35 countries and territories. Each is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or follow along to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse.  Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enrol for free or for more information about the program, visit

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