Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

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October 2016 13 Courtesy Long Beach CVB Courtesy Visit South Walton The elegant Queen Mary is one of the most popular meeting venues in Long Beach. Sugar-white sands are the calling card of South Walton beach and the Florida Panhandle. South Walton offers full-service resorts, hotels or beach cottages as sites for meetings. The venues cater to groups as large as 1,600. Events, ban- quets, board meetings, classroom-type training sessions can be handled. Not only is the service highly professional, but the natural beauty of the area is sure to inspire meeting attendees to greater heights. The largest block of conference and meeting venues in South Walton can be found in Sandestin, where the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers 65,000 square feet of meeting facilities. Also nearby and ideal for meetings are LeCiel, Baytowne Conference Center and Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa, to name just a few of the choices. Other communities in the area have slightly smaller facilities but can likewise meet any planner's needs. The region has two convenient airports that serve it: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport and Northwest Florida Regional Airport. When the day's work is done, meeting delegates can enjoy the beach life, do some shopping, play a round of challenging golf, savor award- winning dining, wander around numerous art galleries or do a little "ecosploring." www.visitsouthwalton.com Long Beach, California Centrally located between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach is sophisticated and charming yet functional for any type of pro- fessional gathering. Blessed with a picturesque harbor, this oceanside community is simply a remarkable place to meet. A meeting planner can expect to find up to 400,000 square feet of space for meetings, exhibitions or events if they book the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. The planner's needs should be met when they choose from either the grand ballroom, any of the 34 meeting rooms, several large exhibit halls, a theater and an arena. In addition, there are many other unusual meeting venues around the area that can be booked. For fun, visitors love to tour the legendary Queen Mary, the historic ocean liner and World War II troop ship. There are behind-the-scenes guided tours available, and people can shop or enjoy a lavish meal onboard and even spend the night in the ship's hotel. And yes, the ship has some of the most unique meeting spaces in Southern California. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the fourth-most-visited aquarium in the nation. It provides a deep-sea adventure with more than 50 exhib- its and 11,000 fascinating animals on site. Downtown Long Beach and East Village Arts District are two stops visitors should make for dining, shopping and special events. The Village is full of one-of-a-kind, independent shops. Another interesting stop is the Museum of Latin American Art. Long Beach is also the springboard for dozens of the iconic attrac- tions found in Southern California. So after a meeting is concluded in Long Beach, attendees will find that attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios are not too far away to visit. www.visitlongbeach.com Cape Cod, Massachusetts Cape Cod is situated at the southeast corner of Massachusetts and is made up of 15 charming towns and satellite villages with many hug-

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