Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2012

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AREA GUIDES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFERS TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY BY BRYSON MCDANIEL Southern California is a megapolitian area in the southern region of the state of California. The large urban areas com- prised of Los Angeles and San Diego stretch all along the coast from Ventura to the Southland and Inland Empire to SanDiego. This region of the country is a culturally diverse and well-known world- wide. Many tourists frequently travel to South Coast for its popular beaches, and to the eastern desert for its dramatic open spaces. Some of the major cities in the Southern California region include Long Beach, Los Angeles, Pasadena, San Diego, Anaheim, Palm Springs and Santa Barbara From the sunny beaches of Orange County and San Diego to the electrifying culture of Los Angeles to the family attractions of the Inland Empire, Southern California is a perfect destination to hold a memorable conference or small meet- ing of any size. •LONG BEACH• Hugging a picturesque harbor on the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Long Beach is a dream for both conference planners and attendees alike. Small enough to call your own for any number of days, yet offering the experience, diversity and variety of a much larger city, Long Beach truly has it all—the best of Southern California din- ing, entertainment and culture all within an easily accessible area. Behind-the- scenes, you'll find an outstanding level of teamwork and experience between hotels and facilities. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is an excellent venue choice for planners to consider, offering more than 400,000 sq./ ft. of meeting and exhibit space, with new wiring for the latest technology as well as wireless capability. There are two VIP 70 Long Beach Convention Center with Queen Mary in background lounges, a full-service concierge/restau- rant reservation desk, hospitality catering and an on-site audio/visual supplier.With 34meeting rooms and aGrand Ballroom, three dynamic exhibition halls, Long BeachArena and the Terrace Theater, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is ideal for all types of special events, conventions and tradeshows, and is within walking distance to every- thing. Long Beach offers a dazzling selection of new and recently renovated rooms— perfectly appointed, ideally located, and refreshingly affordable. In fact, every major downtown and airport hotel is virtu- ally brand-new, thanks to $105 million in recent renovations. Long Beach offers more than 5,000 rooms citywide, most within walking distance of conference facilities, entertainment and dining. Courtyard by Marriott is a 216 room newly renovated hotel located in the heart of downtown and is within walking distance to the Convention Center, Pine Avenue, Shoreline Village, and Pike attractions. The Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center is another option, with 398 elegantly appointed rooms, exceptional service and interna- tional flair. The Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Hotel's sunny setting near Long Beach Airport is surrounded by promi- nent businesses and entertainment ven- ues, making it the perfect pick for every traveler. Photo Credit: Long Beach CVB Long Beach is so special because all of the entertainment and excitement is within arm's reach. While in town, go aboard the legendaryQueenMary. Book the Behind the Scenes Guided Tour of the historic ocean liner and World War II troopship, and see restored areas that have been under wraps since the final voyage in 1967, including the Isolation Wards and the aftMachine Rooms. Another local attractionmeeting atten- dees can explore is the Long Beach HOTEL • • • STATS • • • Renaissance Long Beach Hotel 374 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Hyatt Regency Long Beach 528 Long Beach Marriott The Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center Courtyard by Marriott The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center Largest Ballroom: Meeting Rooms Total Exhibit Space Largest Hall 400,000 sq. ft. 224,000 sq. ft. 20,456 sq. ft. 34 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Long Beach Area CVB (562) 436-3645 (800) 452-7829 Black Meetings & Tourism May/June 2012: ROOMS 216 398 305

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