Small Market Meetings

OCT 2016

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Outer Banks, North Carolina Like Cape Cod, the Outer Banks draws people to the Atlantic Ocean and all of its shoreline splendor. Its barrier islands separate the ocean and the mainland. It is where the first English settlers landed and also where the Wright Brothers tested their first heavier-than-air flying machine. There are so many options for meeting planners to consider that they are urged to connect with the Official Outer Banks Group Planner to look over choices for meeting venues and accommodations and stuff to do. The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau arranges site inspections of meet- ing facilities, all the promotional materials a person could want and information about attractions and special discounts. Conferences, board retreats, business strategy sessions, training, reunions and incentive trips are regularly held in the Outer Banks, and when the work of the day ends, the abundant menu of outdoor activi- ties will give attendees some great coastal experiences to enjoy. Visitors will enjoy three National Park Service sites, including the Wright Brothers National Memorial, America's first National Seashore and the nation's tallest brick lighthouse at Cape Hatteras. There are five lighthouses to view and three of them can be climbed at certain times of the year. Shipwrecks have produced a treasure trove of artifacts and remarkable stories of tragedy and survival. Visitors can explore the area's waters using a standup paddleboard or kayak, or by taking a coastal tour by boat. Fishing in all its forms is popular. Some have visited Jockey's Ridge State Park and scampered or tumbled down the largest natural living sand dune on the East Coast. Others have been on horseback and meandered along the coastline. www.outerbanks.org A meeting location that feels like a vacation, any time of year With welcoming weather year-round and plenty to do, Wilmington is more than DJUHDWVSRWIRUPHHWLQJVκLWοVDGHVWLQDWLRQ

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