With 60 miles of breathtaking beachfront, an international airport with the capacity to welcome 2,200 passengers per day, 98,600 accommodation units at various price levels, and a modern convention center with 250,000 square feet of meeting space and an upscale adjoining hotel, the Myrtle Beach area is an ideal destination to host meetings and group gatherings.
Within the Myrtle Beach area’s 12 distinct communities, meeting planners will be sure to find a meeting facility and accommodations to suit their needs. More than 30 of the area’s hotels and resorts offer functional meeting facilities for groups of 10 to 2,000 attendees.
For larger groups, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center boasts 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Ranging from a 100,800-square-foot, column-free exhibition hall to 20 breakout meeting rooms and a 17,000 square foot ballroom, the Convention Center can accommodate a variety of group needs.
The Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) makes travel to the Grand Strand simple, with carriers that service Myrtle Beach directly: Allegiant Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Porter Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United and WestJet.
When professionals can afford downtime from their meetings, the Myrtle Beach area’s ideal climate, wide sandy beaches, hundreds of restaurants and entertainment options and close to 100 golf courses, are the perfect relaxing and serene backdrop making for some of the largest attended meetings for many planners. “Moving to Myrtle Beach has been great for our trade show. Attendance has increased and our attendees are happy to have so many attractions like restaurants, shopping, and golf to enjoy.” Donna Shealy Foster, SC Nursery & Landscape Association
But what really makes The Myrtle Beach Area stand out is the locals commitment to supporting the community and welcoming visitors. The Visit Myrtle Beach team works with about a dozen “Local Experts” who are more than willing to speak, train or just come network with a group. Our Experts range from Golf, History and Culture, Culinary, Entertainment, Nature and Outdoor activities. This offers groups great team building opportunities as well as a chance to step outside the boardroom and open their minds to new experiences.
With today’s meeting groups constantly on the lookout for exciting and innovative ways to promote team building among participants. The Myrtle Beach area’s coastal setting and abundance of outdoor activities make the destination ideal for this.
With miles of public beaches, two oceanfront state parks, hiking and biking trails, and the ocean, rivers and marshlands, the opportunities are endless. Embark on nature expeditions, camping trips, kayak excursions and more. Ann Wilson, Interpretive Ranger at the Myrtle Beach State Park, is able to educate and introduce visitors to the coastal environment thru a myriad of classes.
Additionally, The International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach at Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) opened a beautiful, new space in August 2016. This new location includes, among other things an amphitheater with staging area for guest chefs to teach, offering cooking classes to the general public including groups.
The Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau can help facilitate your group’s team-building activities by putting you in touch with team building professionals for ideas and opportunities, just visit MyrtleBeachMeetings.com