Black Meetings and Tourism

May / June 2017

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••SAN DIEGO•• There's nothing more rewarding than planning a meeting that people want to attend. With legendary weather, beautiful beaches and friendly, laid-back vibe, San Diego is a destination that draws big crowds and big thinking. San Diego also has a very impressive meetings infrastructure, undergirded by the world-class San Diego Convention Center. The 2.6 million-sq. ft. facility is located downtown along the sparkling waterfront and has plenty of flexible exhibit and meeting space for groups of any size. It's close to everything you need - 11,000 first-class hotel rooms, the best restaurants, exciting entertainment, shop- ping, and an airport that's just three miles away. The facility includes 525,701 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, 90,000-sq. ft. Sails Pavilion, 72 meeting rooms total- ing 204,114 sq. ft., including two 40,000 sq. ft. ballrooms, 284,494 sq. ft. of pre- function, lobby and registration area and 184,514 sq. ft. of outdoor terrace space. The San Diego International Airport is conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego and serviced by 22 major and commuter airlines. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? San Diego CVB – (619) 236-1212 ••LONG BEACH•• Alongside 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. With more than 400,000 sq. ft. of meeting and exhibit space, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is a state-of-the-art facility within walking distance to nearby hotels and amenities. Featuring 34 Meeting Rooms and A Grand Ballroom, three dynamic Exhibition Halls, Long Beach Arena and the Terrace Theater, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center is ideal for all types of special events, con- ventions and tradeshows Long Beach Airport (LGB) provides commercial service to 12 nonstop desti- nations, with connections worldwide. Served by Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and American Airlines, LGB is the smart choice for your business and leisure travel. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Long Beach Area CVB (562) 436-3645 (800) 452-7829 ••ANAHEIM•• This sun-splashed Southern California city, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, is best known as the home to the Disneyland® Resort and the Anaheim Convention Center. Enjoy all that this pre- mier leisure and business destination has to offer with world-famous theme parks and attractions, c e l e b r a t e d r e s t a u r a n t s , award-winning local craft brew- eries, specialty shops, pro sports, cultural museums, top e n t e r t a i n m e n t and unlimited outdoor recre- ation. The seventh expansion to the LEED-certified Anaheim Convent- ion Center is adding an additional 200,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space to the building, making it the largest convention center on the west coast. The new building will be two lev- els and include 200,000 sq. ft. of meet- ing/exhibit column-free space and a 10,000-sq. ft. balcony, with a comple- tion date of Fall 2017. When finished, the Center will house 99 meeting rooms, 7,500 arena seats, 376,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, 1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space 200,000 sq. ft. of outdoor venue space, and 1.8 million sq. ft. of total functional space. Anaheim is served by John Wayne Airport-Orange County Airport, located approximately three miles from the resort. WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Visit Anaheim – (714) 765-2800 B M & T ••• May/June 2017 ••• 48 AREA GUIDES Disneyland Event Long Beach Convention Center w Queen Mary in background Photo Credit Long Beach CVB Photo Credit Long Beach CVB

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