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Tides Folly Beach Where To Meet In Charleston After a $13 million transformation, the Crowne Plaza Charleston Airport Convention Center is the place to meet. "Whether you're holding a sales convention, board meeting, informal get together or a social event, your comfort and success are paramount," said Cathy Mihalko, director of sales. "Crowne Plaza has the perfect arrangement of elegantly designed rooms to meet the needs of 10 to 300 guests, featuring our Executive Boardroom decorated with Herman Miller furniture, to our Plantation Ballroom with over 4,200 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Our location next to Tanger Mall Outlet is ideal. Guests can walk to restaurants and shop at Tanger with over 90 brand name designer outlets." Located less than two miles from the Historic District, the Charleston Marriott offers complimentary parking and the most meeting space on the peninsula, said Liza Edgerton, director of sales and marketing. "Our Crystal Ballroom has 9,680 square feet of meeting space, and 6,000 square feet of pre-function space. Recent renovations include a new outdoor saline pool, hot tub and outdoor courtyard. Marriott service is a leader in the industry. We have options for events indoors in traditional meeting rooms, or outside venues including the courtyard and the Aqua Terrace, an open air rooftop venue." The history and architecture at Francis Marion Hotel is what is so unique to the Charleston area. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, with walking access to local restaurants and shops, museums, and other interesting venues, Francis Marion is a commemorative way to heighten the experience of Charleston as a destination. "Named for General Francis Marion, 'The Swamp Fox,' of the American Revolution, the hotel opened in 1924, the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas," said Tressa Wright, director of sales and marketing. "Recent refurbishments include the comforts of today, the hotel's historic ambiance, all reminiscent of the 1920's grandeur. Recently a restoration of the elevators was completed. We have additional plans to remodel guest rooms and meeting space in 2014-2015." Applying the art of "Above and Beyond," the entire staff at Francis Marion Hotel prides itself in addressing all guests by name while anticipating and catering to their needs. "We're lucky to be Charleston's Island Resort and to have the best of both worlds of our area right here at our fingertips—the beach and historic downtown Charleston only minutes away— providing planners and attendees a bevy of opportunities," said Ivie Parker of Wild Dunes Resort. "We are Charleston's Island w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m Tides Folly Beach Resort, providing an unparalleled destination experience, unmatched service, flexible meeting space and unique teambuilding offerings." "The Inn at Middleton Place's Lake House creates the ideal setting for an unforgettable meeting, retreat or conference," said Randy Sonoski, director of Special Group Services. "Hidden among trees and just a few steps from the 54 room Inn, the Lake House offers 3,000-square-feet of flexible meeting and dining space with built-in audio/visual conveniences. On-site catering specializing in Lowcountry cuisine showcases Charleston's most delicious dishes." The Lake House underwent a facelift in 2013, complete with interior work, painting and new carpeting. The Inn at Middleton Place made the National Geographic Traveler magazine's, "Stay List." This list celebrates 150 hotels in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. The Inn at Middleton Place is proud to be included. ■ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 3 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 35