Black Meetings and Tourism

September / October 2016

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COMBINING ELEGANCE WITH TOP LEVEL HOSPITALITY, SOUTH CAROLINA IS A PERFECT FIT FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT BY REGGIE MURPHY South Carolina's vibrant culture, rich heritage and breathtaking natural beauty are what make this state just right. Whether you are traveling for business or leisure come and savor South Carolina, where there's something for everyone to enjoy. The state is accessible from several international gateways, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia and Raleigh/Durham air- ports, with connecting services to domestic airports. If you are looking to hold your next meeting in South Carolina be assured that because of its excellent location to the near by cities and beautiful scenery this state will definitely fulfill your business and leisure needs. ••CHARLESTON•• The Charleston Area Convention Center offers 73,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space plus a 77,000 sq. ft. Exhibit Hall. No matter the type or size of your event, the Charleston Area Convention Center can accommodate your group's specific needs. African-American history has shaped the city we know today. There are many African-American tours offered where you can learn about slavery in the south, the Civil Rights Movement in Charleston, and the unique culture and art derived from African-American traditions still alive today. Spend time in Charleston and you're bound to hear a local say, "Gullah." It's a lyrical word used to describe the linguistic and cultural heritage of local sea island inhabitants who descended from Africa. The Gullah imprint on Charleston culture runs deep, from the soulful flavors of Lowcountry cuisine to the coils of artistry woven into each handcrafted sweetgrass basket. Many historic homes are adorned with the wrought iron work of Phillip Simmons, the legendary blacksmith who drew inspiration from his barrier island childhood and created long lasting works of art. With daily non-stop flights to 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada quick connec- tions to international hubs in Atlanta and Charlotte, the renovated and expanded Charleston International Airport (CHS) makes it more enjoyable and easier than ever for you to get here. ••MYRTLE BEACH•• With 14 million visitors to the Myrtle Beach area annually, it seems that every- one knows about the area's spectacular beaches, challenging golf courses and fresh local seafood. But group planners are quickly learning that these features and many others have helped to evolve this popular vacation destination into a premier location for meetings of all sizes. Ideally located in the heart of central Myrtle Beach is the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, boasting 250,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and event space. The center features a 100,00-sq. ft., col- umn-free exhibition hall, an elegant 17,000-sq. ft. ballroom and 20 additional breakout rooms. To the north and south of the down- town district of Myrtle Beach are approx- imately 30 additional hotels and resorts, each with it's own character and charm, that provide a variety of meeting spaces ranging from state of the art boardrooms to well appointed ballrooms. While in Myrtle Beach be sure to enjoy the fun amusement and water parks, live entertainment theaters and exciting nightlife as well as some of the best golf courses the south has to offer. Don't for- get to check out the numerous cultural activities and historic sites as well. Whether it is a full-fledged family vacation you desire, a relaxing weekend getaway, a convention or business trip, Myrtle Beach is the place that offers everything, for everyone. B M & T ••• September/October 2016 ••• 38 AREA GUIDES • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Charleston Marriott 344 DoubleTree by Hilton North Charleston CC 142 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Charlestion Area Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 73,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 21 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Charleston CVB (800) 774-0006 • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Myrtle Beach Sheraton Convention Center Hotel 402 Hilton Myrtle Beach 385 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Mytle Beach Convention Center Total Exhibit Space 100,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 20 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Myrtle Beach (800) 488-8998 S O U T H C A R O L I N A Charleston Aerial View Photo Credit: Charlestion CVB

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