Everything new and improved in Jacksonville

There is plenty going on in Jacksonville, Fla., including Margaritaville Beach Hotel which is scheduled to open in spring 2021.
There is plenty going on in Jacksonville, Fla., including Margaritaville Beach Hotel which is scheduled to open in spring 2021.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With 22 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline, year-round temperate weather, and some of the most unique meeting spaces in Florida, Jacksonville is ideally suited to host drive-to meetings and smaller regional gatherings.

The coastal city also offers visitors the opportunity to discover new budget-friendly passions that go beyond the meeting room.

New virtual Jax tour

Planners can now discover why Jacksonville is the perfect place for their next meeting by taking a virtual tour of the destination’s venues, hotels, and attractions. Visit Jacksonville developed virtual and 360-degree video tours showing all the details planners need to know to plan. More information on the tour is available at visitjacksonville.com/gettoknowjax.

New hotels

From global lifestyle brands and upscale full service hotels, to easy-to-access accommodations near Jacksonville International Airport and urban builds in the heart of downtown, the city has more than 3,250 new hotel rooms planned or proposed for a total of 35 new projects in the works for 2021 and beyond.

Right now, under construction is a growing assortment of accommodations and venue spaces at 10 hotels, resulting in more options than ever before for meeting planners to choose from.

Jacksonville Beach

Margaritaville Beach Hotel will feature 202 guestrooms, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor meeting and venue spaces, a beachside pool and a two-story LandShark Bar & Grill with a observation deck.

Also opening summer 2021, a three-story, 80-room Element by Westin hotel will offer extended stay accommodations with kitchen-type amenities, traditional guestrooms, a swimming pool and outdoor seating, and meeting space.

Downton Jacksonville

Downtown Hyatt Place is slated to open a 128-room hotel in April 2021. The new property will feature a lobby lounge, meeting and dining space, pool and rooftop patio, and event space.

A Residence Inn by Marriott is on the rise in the Brooklyn neighborhood, which will bring 136 guestrooms, a pool and more next July.

Jacksonville International Airport

The new Home2 Suites by Hilton Jacksonville Airport opened its doors in December 2019, resulting in 105 suites and 625 square feet of meeting space less than three miles from Jacksonville International Airport.

New venues and meeting spaces

Designed to resemble an old Ford plant that once stood in the city, the newly opened Brumos Collection Museum features 35,000 square feet of space dedicated to more than three dozen rare and historically acclaimed race and collector cars. The museum also offers multiple meeting spaces, indoor-outdoor event space, and a 22-seat movie theater, research archive, and working car shop.

Located in the Rail Yard District, Jacksonville’s premier industrial and historic event space The Glass Factory will undergo renovations to install heating and air conditioning to allow the 24,000-square-foot venue to be open year-round.

COVID-19 safety

Jacksonville’s hotels and attractions are reopening with enhanced safety, cleanliness, and social distancing procedures in compliance with state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. The City of Jacksonville is requiring people wear masks in public, including indoor and outdoor locations where social distancing is not possible.

Jacksonville hosts more than 400 meetings and conventions each year. To learn more, go to visitjacksonville.com/meetings/

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