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Northwest Florida beach resort launches rapid testing for group travel

SOUTH WALTON, Florida – March 29, 2021 – Recognizing that many U.S. travelers and executives are looking for ways to safely bring loved ones and team members back together, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa announces the introduction of onsite rapid COVID-19 testing for groups.

“Providing onsite testing is a necessary step in creating a pathway for family reunions, business meetings, incentive groups and more to once again begin to gather,” said Gary Brielmayer, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa General Manager. “We’re getting closer and closer to getting back to some sense of normalcy each day, and we want to make sure we’re ready to welcome groups back with a variety of measures to ensure a risk-free setting to reconnect. We know it will take time for larger meetings and events to come back, but we hope these new measures will allow for some groups to feel comfortable to come together to reconnect and celebrate everything they have missed in the last year.”

Hilton Sandestin’s new onsite testing will work as the first step in rebuilding what the future of meetings, events, family reunions, weddings and group gatherings in general will look like in this new travel climate. Currently recommended by the American Hotel and Lodging Association and part of Hilton’s CleanStay Program, the resort has enhanced cleaning measures and social distancing protocols in place. The new rapid PCR and antigen testing options are now available as an add-on to the group experience. Both testing options provide results in 15 minutes or less.

Onsite testing will be provided by FastLabs, who will work directly with groups to create a customized testing program for each based on size, activities, and needs.  With more than 20 years of experience in providing effective diagnostic testing solutions, FastLabs only uses FDA-authorized PCR, antigen, and antibody tests, all with results in minutes and administered by trained technicians. The company will also offer supporting preventative services for groups that opt-in to its CleanZone program; services include custom COVID screenings, temperature checks with mask verifications, and safe hypochlorous acid misters (a deep sanitization method to create a safe environment).

“We applaud Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for helping group travelers manage the current situation in a way that brings people to a middle ground,” stated Dr. Raul Cruz, Chief Medical Officer of FastLabs. “To help return to some normalcy, we have been providing the highest standard of point-of-care testing and diagnostic solutions to various groups and employers throughout the state.”

Known among meeting planners for its all-in-one setting, Hilton Sandestin features a range of onsite culinary experiences, activities, indoor and outdoor meetings and events spaces, an award-winning spa, and private beachfront on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast. The resort’s coastal setting and array of offerings has made Hilton Sandestin the ideal site for events and meetings in Florida’s panhandle.

For more information on Hilton Sandestin, group travel offerings or to book an event or stay visit https://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/.

About Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, managed by Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels, is located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast near Destin in South Walton, Fla. Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel boasts 590 spacious accommodations, 40,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space, 20,000 square feet of outdoor event space, a world-class spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, six on-site seasonal dining venues – including the Emerald Coast’s only AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse – abundant resort recreation options, access to championship golf courses, and close proximity to the area’s best attractions. For more information on the premier hotel, visit HiltonSandestinBeach.com, or stay up to date with its latest news and promotions on its Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

About MedLab Diagnostics, LLC (DBA FastLabs)

MedLab Diagnostics, LLC (DBA FastLabs) is a full-service diagnostic testing solutions company. From customized medical diagnostics and laboratory services for businesses to a mobilized fleet of point-of-care testing vehicles for individuals, the company provides accurate and quick test results, while ensuring safety and compliance. For more information visit FastLabsMed.com.

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