ConventionSouth

NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 64 S O U T H C A R O L I N A rooms; three signature restaurants; spa; beachfront; onsite golf and tennis • Belmond Charleston Place: 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; 9,000-square-foot Rivera Theater; 434 guest rooms; spa; rooftop bar • Kiawah Island Golf Resort: 35,000 square feet of meeting space; six venues; 255 guest rooms at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort; 12 restaurants and bars; spa; five golf courses; AAA Five Diamond/ Forbes Five Star property • Francis Marion Hotel: 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 235 guest rooms • Charleston Marriott: nearly 20,000 square feet of meeting space; 13 meeting rooms; 344 guest rooms; downtown overlooking the Ashley River • Charleston Gaillard Center: 16,000 square feet of event space in the Exhibition Hall; 13,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom; eight meeting/event rooms; 7,000 square feet of outdoor space; 1,800-seat performing arts venue opened last year; historic downtown location Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach is a popular seaside tourism spot on the northernmost coast of South Carolina with loads of family-friendly entertainment options and lots of sand-and-surf activities. The city's Golden Mile is where all that and more comes together. Myrtle Beach is also the focal point along the famous Grand Strand, a 60-mile string of beaches (and golf courses) running along the coast from Georgetown, on the mainland just south of Pawleys Island, northward to Little River, north of Myrtle Beach. Of key interest to meeting planners, Myrtle Beach has a large convention center with more than 100,000 square feet of column-free space in its massive Exhibit Hall, another good-sized conference center, sizable meeting spaces in sev- eral resorts, thousands of hotel rooms and many restaurants. The big news in Myrtle Beach, according to Myrtle Beach Area CVB staff, includes the summer 2018 completion of an extensive renovation of the accommodations at the main building of The Caravelle Resort, an iconic local property. New contemporary furniture, bedding, kitchens and bathrooms have been added, along with Oceanfront Jacuzzi Suites. The popular Santa Maria Restaurant has also been renovated. The 600-room Caravelle Resort provides more than 4,000 square feet of meeting space, including The Caravelle Conference Center in St. John's Inn, three small meeting/board rooms and several other smaller hospitality spaces. Plans are in the works to demolish two Break- ers Resort hotel buildings and replace them with a Marriott-branded resort. The two-phase project will start with construction of one tower begin- ning late this year. The plan calls for additional outdoor public space being created and another tower built. The Landing Myrtle Beach Spa & Fitness Cen- ter at the Kingston Plantation opened recently. The multimillion-dollar facility offers exquisite pampering and complements the resort's nine pools, lazy river, nine tennis courts and two oceanfront restaurants. Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach opened a new Pearl Harbor exhibit earlier this year. In restaurant news, a new restaurant district is rising in the Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment complex at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Dockside Village features waterfront dining along the Intracoastal Water- way and is anchored by LuLu's, which opened last summer and is owned by musician Jimmy Buffet's sister, Lucy. A new Mexican restaurant is also planned for the area. And Topgolf is coming to Myrtle Beach. Construction has begun on a new 38,382-square- foot, two-floor building that is planned to open in early 2019. 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 400-room Sheraton Myrtle Beach Con- vention Center Hotel • Kingston Plantation/Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach Conference Center: 70,000 square feet of meeting space; 17,500-square-foot ballroom; 25 meeting rooms; 255 guest suites • Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes: 45,000 square feet of meet- ing space; 11 meeting rooms; 405 guest rooms • DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Myrtle Beach Oceanfront: 35,000 square feet of meeting space; three ballrooms; 452 guest rooms; re- cently completed major renovation • Hilton Myrtle Beach at Kingston Resort: 35,000 square feet of meeting space; 27 meeting rooms; 385 guest rooms n Hotel Indigo in Charleston

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