Small Market Meetings

JAN 2017

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www.smallmarketmeetings.com Meeting Ideas 12 America's Island Escapes Beaches and boardwalk entertainment make Galveston Island a popular family destination for meeting groups. Catch the breeze at these offshore meetings destinations By Savannah Osbourn Courtesy Galveston Island CVB N othing beats kicking back after a long day of meetings with a panorama of sand and breaking waves in the distance. When you hold a meeting on one of America's islands, you get the benefit of beautiful, relaxing scenery, strong destination appeal for attendees and first-rate facilities and venues. With so many coastal locations to consider, here are five spectacular islands from which to choose for your next conference or meeting des- tination. Galveston, Texas When people think of Texas, islands are usually not the first things that come to mind. Yet less than an hour from Houston, travelers will find one of the country's most charming island towns — Galveston — characterized by temperate weather, rich architectural history and 32 miles of pristine beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. The Galveston Island Convention Center sits along the island's iconic seawall, which was constructed following a devastating hurricane in 1900. Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf, this 140,000-square-foot meeting space is a premier destination for events and conferences. Planners can consider the Moody Gardens Convention Center for accommodations as well, which is conveniently located under the same roof of the Moody Gardens Hotel, making it a one-stop shop for meet- ing groups.

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