ConventionSouth

NOV 2017

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Located on the southern end of Hilton Head's Coligny Beach, the Beach House, Hilton Head Island has invested over $5 mil- lion in recent renovations and enhancements throughout the property. It has 202 contempo- rary-styled rooms and more than 5,500 square feet of flexible meeting and banquet space that can accommodate groups of up to 225 people. Additional Hilton Head Venues: • Hilton Garden Inn: 104 guest rooms; 1,800 square feet of meeting space • Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort: 850 rooms and villas; 12,000-square-foot convention center; ballroom capacity of 1,000, theater capacity of 1,600 and reception capacity of 2,000 • Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort: 323 suites; 20,000 square feet of event space • Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort: 2,000- acre oceanfront resort with 6,200 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space • Sonesta Resort Hilton Head: 340 guest rooms; 23,000 square feet of indoor and out- door event space • Montage Palmetto Bluff: 5 Diamond Luxury Resort; 16,000 square feet of meeting space • The Sea Pines Resort: includes 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town—a AAA Four Dia- mond property; 20,000 square feet of meeting space • Fripp Island Resort: 170 guest rooms; ban- quet space for 225 people; located on a pri- vate island Charleston The popular South Carolina Lowcountry city of Charleston continues to attract tourists and conferences galore. One newly opened meeting and special- event venue, and a planned expansion at one of Charleston's venerable historic homes may be the most interesting news for meeting planners. In August, The Schoolhouse, a renovated and repurposed 1944 elementary school opened, offering 3,400 square feet of meeting space in two rooms, as well as a commercial kitchen. Ground has been broken and construction has begun on an expansion of Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark which dates back to the mid 1700s. Construction of the Sally Reahard Visitor Center is underway and plans call for an education center, a renovation of the existing 19th Century caretaker's house and new interpretive gardens. The projects are slated for completion in 2018. Several new restaurants opened in Charles- ton this year with more planned for the coming year. Among the most intriguing are Grace & Grit, Félix, Purlieu, Melfi's and NICO. A new tour company, Pineapple Tour Group, opened in August and offers bus tours, walking tours and custom private tours throughout the city. On the lodging front, the elegant 179-room Hotel Bennett is due to open spring 2018 on ► N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 51 S O U T H C A R O L I N A B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hilton Head Island Offering a tranquil shoreline with swaying palms and gentle Lowcountry tides, Hilton Head Island provides the perfect backdrop for meetings and events, according to Jack Reed, director of sales for the Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB). The coastal locale brings with it some interesting team-building adventures. "For a truly unique experience," said Reed, "visit Page Island for a customized journey to building stronger teams by taking participants out of their comfort zone to open themselves to new possibilities. Your group will board a boat for a cruise to this privately owned chain of sea islands. Cap- tains will engage guests with conversations of Hilton Head's discovery and settlement, and its development as an acclaimed destination. After crossing the Calibogue Sound, visitors settle into South Carolina's lush salt-marsh ecosystem and maritime forest. Guests are introduced to the marine life in our pristine waters with dolphin sightings and a rich variety of sea life." And that's just the journey to the island. Once arriving, guests break into teams and head out to the connected islands for various custom-designed challenge courses that encourage better communication and teamwork – along with some serious fun. Reed pointed out that more than $300 million has been invested at properties on the island, which is helping meeting planners rediscover the destination. He added that, despite Hilton Head's peaceful setting, there are many energizing activities available to meeting-goers, including 24 world-class golf courses, 350 tennis courts, and 200 stores and outlets as well as some of the Southeast's finest saltwater fish- ing, kayaking, birding, biking, hiking and sailing. Cultural offerings include theater and symphony performances, as well as an active artist and writer community. n Contact: www.hiltonheadisland.org

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