Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Florida Sister Cities Conference May 2-4, 2013





The Florida Sister Cities State Conference will be held May 2-4, 2013 at the popular Helmsley Sandcastle Resort on Lido Key in Sarasota. The conference will be hosted by the Sister Cities Association of Sarasota as part of their 50th Anniversary commemoration of their Culture Coast Sister Cities program.

Dynamic keynote speakers at the Conference will include Mary Kane, President and CEO of Sister Cities International and David Houle, Resident Futurist of Ringling College of Art and Design who is in demand by Presidents and CEOs of Corporations throughout the US. The conference will begin with a pool side reception beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2nd. A full program of topics of prime interest to Sister City members and community leaders will be held on Friday and Saturday morning.

Of special interest will be an Authors display where Florida Sister City members who are authors can display and offer their books for sale during the conference. 

This will be the third time the Florida Sister Cities State Conference has been held at the Helmsley Sandcastle on the sugar-like white sand beaches of Lido Key. The resort d├ęcor has been updated with a new tropical look, has two heated swimming pools, two restaurants, pool Tiki bar, indoor lounge with live entertainment, free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, covered free parking, complimentary irons and ironing boards, safes for your valuables, and a complete line of water recreation vehicles (kayaks, aqua-cycles, and sailboats). 


The Helmsley Sandcastle is just minutes away from world famous St. Armand’s Circle shops and restaurants, and the many attractions of Sarasota.  Conference registration will begin in late January. However, early birds who may want to ensure group rate accommodations at the Helmsley Sandcastle can register now. Hotel registration information is attached. 
For additional information contact:
Alice Phillips, Convention Chair  phillips-alice@at.net          941-484-6391
or Tom Halbert, President 
Sister Cities Association of Sarasota  halbertjt@gmail.com 941-485-8596

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Florida Sister Cities State Conference 2013
Room Reservations

Note: The Room Reservation deadline is Tuesday, April 6, 2013 or until our room block is full.

Use the hotel's direct reservation phone numbers. Just mention the Florida Sister Cities State Conference as the group code. Reservations can be made Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Group reservation rate is valid for 1-4 persons per room and for 3-days before the conference to 3-days after the conference for those who may to take advantage of Sarasota’s cultural venues, beaches and attractions.



Reservation Phone: (800) 311-8999 or  (941) 388-2121Group Code: Florida Sister Cities State Conference

Group Rate: $99/night + tax.   
Note: No daily resort fee will be charged for this conference.


Check In is at 3 p.m.

Check Out is at 11 a.m.

Hotel Address:
Helmsley Sandcastle Resort
1540 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236

Note: Use street address or front desk phone number (941-388-2181) to set GPS destination

Web Site: www.helmsleysandcastle.com