Located midway between Los Angeles and Orange County, Long Beach Airport (LGB) sees about three million commercial airline passengers each year and is one of the busiest general aviation airports in the world. Direct flights are offered throughout the U.S. on airlines including Delta and JetBlue (which established its West Coast hub at LGB in 2001). The airport is also one of few operating as an aircraft manufacturing and flight training center for giants such as the Boeing Company and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. In fact, more than 200 businesses are located on airport property, including nearly 100 acres of mid-rise business park and hotel spaces, making it a convenient destination for business and convention travelers. For these reasons, venues in the Long Beach Airport area are used to accommodating a diverse clientele.
Meeting venues in the Long Beach Airport area include The Grand, Long Beach Event Center. As a Southern California boutique event venue, The Grand's 40,000-square-foot complex includes four acres of manicured grounds and seven function spaces. Managed by Choura Events, the facility can accommodate 750 guests at spaces that include a ballroom, boardroom and terrace.
Just minutes away from Long Beach Airport, venues offer everything from the budget-conscious business traveler to the esteemed guest of an awards ceremony. The 308-room Long Beach Marriott has 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The 222-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center provides plenty of business-friendly amenities such as complimentary parking, high-speed Internet, 24-hour business center access and shuttle service. The Residence Inn Long Beach, Extended Stay America Los Angeles-Long Beach and the Days Inn Long Beach City Center are all within a 10-minute drive of the airport.
Guest do not need to travel far to reach great Long Beach event venues, including two golf courses right next to airport grounds. The championship 18-hole Skylinks Golf Course offers fairway space for up to 500 guests and a smaller corporate meeting room, and Lakewood Golf Course has three banquet rooms. Just minutes away, El Dorado Park has picnic areas and a boathouse that can be reserved for corporate outings and team building events in Long Beach, as well as fishing lakes, running and biking trails and an 18-hole golf course.
While waiting for ground transportation Long Beach Airport offers two main dining options, one for a quick, casual bite and one for a more leisurely meal. Daugherty's Cafe offers sandwiches, salads and even sushi, and the recently remodeled Legends Restaurant & Bar offers full-service breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Here, diners can enjoy their meal while watching the news or a sports game on one of the plasma televisions or simply enjoy the up-close views of the airfield from the bar.
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