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Home ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Planning Directory Planner Resources Meeting Site Showcase INSIDER'S GUIDE By T. Wayne Waters Corpus Christi "Corpus Christi is a great place to have a meeting because there is so much natural beauty here," said Leslie Wendland, vice president of convention and events sales for the Corpus Christi CVB. "There are numerous nature tourism activities to do. Almost all of our venues are located on the waterfront and most of the rest are within easy walking distance. We also have unique venues like the USS Lexington and the Texas State Aquarium where events can be held." Corpus Christi has always been blessed by its mar- itime location along the Corpus Christi Bay, spilling out to the Gulf of Mexico, but the Texas city is adding water- slide and wave pool fun to its Gulf beach identity. "Downtown Corpus Christi has a new waterpark, Hur- ricane Alley," said Wendland. "It opened this spring. Hurricane Alley Waterpark Interact With Nature The Texas State Aquarium, sitting up close to Corpus Christi Bay, recently opened Sting Ray Lagoon, an interactive experience that allows partici- pants to touch and hand-feed more than 30 stingrays. The Lagoon will have three species of rays indigenous to the Gulf of Mexico. The Aquarium also includes exhibits with sharks, dolphins, eels, and other marine ani- mals, as well as a habitat for eagles and a show with trained birds. Texas State Aquarium is available for private use replete with cocktail ta- bles, linens and centerpieces. ■ We're also very excited about Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts coming to Upper Padre Island! That will be a great asset for the city." The Art Museum of South Texas is not a seafaring facility as such, but it sits at Corpus Christi Bay and its floor-to-ceiling windows provide spectacular views of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and the Port of Corpus Christi. It's also been known to feature works represent- ing sea life. The museum also has small rooms to rent that can handle up to 50 people and the H-E-B Audito- rium can seat up to 200 for meetings and lectures. The entire facility can be rented during the off-hours. Wendland also touts Corpus Christi as a great Texas drive-market that's only two hours from San Antonio and less than three from Houston and Austin. ■ Texas State Aquarium ■ For the 10th All-Star Accolades consecutive year Corpus "Because of the professional, detailed expertise that Corpus Christi provided for our conference, it was a huge success! Between the CVB, the conference hotels, and the convention center, the amazing assis- tance with organizing a conference of this magnitude was phenomenal. Partnering with this beautiful city allowed our attendees to enjoy all the amenities of superior facilities, gorgeous weather, and an overall successful conference." ■ —Robin Goff, Elite Planning Services LLC 30 ConventionSouth OCTOBER 2012 Christi was named Americaʼs Birdiest City! The San Diego Audubon Society oversees the contest. ■ Corpus Christi was named the "hot spot" in the nationʼs #2 boating state in 2011 by Discover Boating, the promo- tional organization of the U.S. Recre- ational boating industry. ■ TripAdvisor ranked Corpus Christi #7 in its inaugural 2011 Travelers Choice Family awards recognizing the best family destinations. ■ www.con v entionsouth.com Planner Insight CCCVB