ConventionSouth

NOV 2017

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with new paint, high-tech lighting and more power outlets. Myrtle Beach's famed Grand Strand and the city's outlying areas have seen continuing development. A warehouse district with a his- toric style has been created in Celebrity Square within The Broadway at the Beach entertain- ment and attraction complex, and a large, new and unique Dave & Busters has opened there. Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach opened an indoor glass-bottom-boat attraction this spring and is planning for a 2018 opening of a new Pearl Harbor Exhibit. Up in North Myrtle Beach, Shark Wake Park, South Carolina's first continuous cable wakeboarding park, opened recently. Two new elements – one permanent and one temporary – are open this year at Brookgreen Gardens, the unique year-round floral and sculpture garden, historic site and zoo that sits on 9,100 acres about 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach off of Highway 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. The Naomi and Stanley Bleifeld Gallery opened in January, showcasing sculpture with forms taken from the natural world. Also, the Brookgreen zoo area will host a new exhibit featuring 17 ani- matronic dinosaurs through April 2018. The Myrtle Beach CVB noted that several airline carriers have added a considerable num- ber of new nonstop flights and expanded ser- vice at Myrtle Beach International Airport. Myrtle Beach Venues: • Myrtle Beach Convention Center Complex: 100,800-square-foot, column-free exhibit hall; more than 31,000 square feet of ad- ditional meeting space; 17 meeting rooms; 30,000-square-foot events plaza; connected to the 400-room Sheraton Myrtle Beach Con- vention Center Hotel • Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort: 70,000 square feet of meeting space; 14,000-square-foot, col- umn-free ballroom; 17 meeting rooms on one floor; 255 guest suites • Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes: 45,000 square feet of meeting space; 11 meeting rooms; 405 guest rooms • DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront: 35,000 square feet of meeting space; three ballrooms; 452 guest rooms; recently completed major renovation ► 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 53 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 : Myrtle Beach According to the Myrtle Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, this coastal city draws 18 million visitors annually and garnered several new accolades this year, including being named the No. 2 Best Beach in America by The Travel Channel and one of America's Favorite Beach Towns by Travel + Leisure. "Discover Myrtle Beach, where our Grand Strand provides 60 miles of pristine beaches and 60 miles of endless possibili- ties," said Ursula Grant, the CVB's meeting and convention sales manager. "The Myrtle Beach area is known for culinary diversity, a wealth of quality attractions, unique shopping experiences, lively nightlife, historic venues, and world-class hotels and meeting rooms. There are more than 100 outstanding golf courses laid out over a spectacular Lowcoun- try landscape in a region where you can bask in beautiful weather year-round. Groups can enjoy great off-season pricing during fall and spring, and take advantage of wide-open venues and beaches." The popular area continues to add appeal- ing elements. A number of new restaurants and watering holes have opened recently and more are due soon. Among them are the first South Carolina Wahlburgers, the chain created by brothers Mark, Paul and Donnie Wahlberg, and Paula Deen's Family Kitchen restaurant, both at Broadway at the Beach. RipTydz Oceanfront Grille & Rooftop Bar has opened on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk. Additionally, a Topgolf operation is sched- uled to open next year. Several big projects are underway to further expand Myrtle Beach's offerings within the near future. The Chapin Memorial Library will be relocated to a central down- town location and a branch of the Children's Museum of South Carolina, which plans to merge with Columbia, S.C.-based EdVenture Children's Museum, will open in the city. Construction has already begun on a new 55,000-square-foot entertainment, dining and shopping complex along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk at 14th Avenue North. Plans are for the boardwalk to be extended another block to the north and connect to a new Hil- ton property, and for the creation of an ocean- front park. On the south end of 14th Avenue, a four-story mixed-use retail and commercial building is in the planning process following demolition of an old hotel. n Contact: www.myrtlebeachmeetings.com Myrtle Beach Convention Center

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