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Long Island, NY Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 400
Total Sleeping Rooms 18,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 500
Committable Meeting Rooms* 20
Largest Exhibit Space 60,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $159
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $500
*Maximum for a single hotel

Long Island, NY Meeting Planning Overview

Don’t choose between an urban or beach experience. Give your guests the best of both worlds when you choose Long Island, New York City’s beachfront backyard. Easily accessible via a 30-minute Long Island Rail Road ride from Manhattan, two Connecticut connection ferry services, and JFK International, LaGuardia, and Long Island MacArthur airports, Long Island combines big-city convenience with small-town charm. Plan your next conference, retreat, or incentive group with Long Island’s premier accommodations and attractions.

Save Time and Money

Discover Long Island’s site-selection services and robust local member partnerships provide a seamless and efficient experience for planners. Quickly receive proposals from our member partners throughout the region and easily view and respond within your personalized partner portal.

Destination Experts

Our experienced team of destination experts maintains strong relationships with partners including meeting venues, hotels, restaurants, transportation services, and attractions. We can facilitate and conduct personalized site inspections and custom inspection itineraries at no charge.

Complimentary Services

As a nonprofit organization, we do not receive commissions or fees for our services. While we can showcase full destination offerings without the need for individual property or attraction outreach on your part, you will not be charged for our services or booking a meeting through our office. You can also connect with our experts on team-building activities, transportation, entertainment, dining, audiovisual, and other specialty requests.

World-Renowned Accommodations and Venues

With 1.5 million square feet of meeting space and over 18,000 guest rooms, Long Island has options for groups large and small at full-service hotels, luxury resorts, waterfront properties, and charming bed-and-breakfasts.

Out-of-the-Boardroom Options

Host a meeting on the sand overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, among the vines at award-winning wineries, or on the grounds of a historic Gatsby-style mansion. Start the day with a morning yoga session or adventure activity for an unforgettable experience.

Enhanced Destination Experience

Bleisure travel has hit an all-time high, so choosing a destination with incredible offerings outside the boardroom is important for your guests. Explore the world-renowned Hamptons and Montauk, wine country on the North Fork, and the Gold Coast mansions of the North Shore. Step out of the meeting to surf the waves, sip on award-winning craft beverages, head out on a deep-sea fishing charter, tour a historic home, taste the fruits of area farms, or dine on fresh local seafood. Ask us to coordinate pre- or post-event activities for your attendees.

Additional Resources

Collateral and digital resources are available to make planning seamless and efficient for event organizers and attendees. Download or request the official 2019 Long Island Travel Guide for information and inspiration on Long Island's premier accommodations and attractions. The Discover Long Island Meeting Planner's Guide provides an extensive breakdown of meeting space and amenities for full-, select-, and limited-service properties. Peruse the Discover Long Island website to “favorite” top attractions, packages, and lodging locations to create your own custom itinerary that can be downloaded and shared. Available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Android on Google Play, the Discover Long Island app offers resources at your fingertips and while on the go.

Discover Long Island: Where You BeLong.

About Long Island, NY / Additional Info

Long Island, New York City’s beachfront backyard, is a year-round destination shaped by 118 miles of coastline and famed for its white-sand beaches. Head to the ocean to enjoy an array of water sports set sail on a fishing charter, and surf East Coast waves.

With over 60 public golf courses on Long Island — including Bethpage Black, home of the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Open Championships, the 2019 PGA Championship, and the 2024 Ryder Cup — you are sure to find a green near whatever meeting venue you choose. World-renowned venues include the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Jones Beach Theater, The Paramount, and Nassau County Aquatic Center. Sports enthusiasts can catch a professional or collegiate sports game. Music and theater connoisseurs can head to one of the many Long Island venues and theaters for an off-Broadway experience.

Rated by Wine Enthusiast as one of the top 10 wine regions in the U.S., Long Island has a booming beverage scene, with over 70 vineyards, breweries, and distilleries that are utilizing locally grown ingredients to create the perfect sip. Long Island’s bountiful farmlands and rich surrounding waters lend to the ultimate farm-to-table and fresh-catch experience. The celebrity-chef-driven destination is a true foodie paradise, with famed lobster shacks and alfresco dining beachside.

Step inside Long Island’s Gold Coast for a look into the elegant and opulent lifestyles of the elite. Owned by past presidents, artists, and aristocracy, many of these homes once hosted royalty, heads of state, and stars such as Charlie Chaplin. Often the backdrop for Hollywood productions, the Gold Coast mansions also served as inspiration for The Great Gatsby. Open for tours and events, these estates let visitors travel back to a bygone era.

Long Island is rooted in rich history. Climb to the top of the storied Montauk Point Lighthouse, which was commissioned by President George Washington and is the oldest lighthouse in New York state and the fourth-oldest in the country. The Fire Island Lighthouse, built in 1826, was the first sight of land for many European immigrants upon their arrival to America. Embark on the Washington Spy Trail to travel back in time to the sites of the 1700s, when Long Island was a hotbed of intrigue under British military occupation. Gen. Washington personally credited the Long Island spy ring with helping turn the tide of the American Revolution. Visit the homes of past presidents, poets, and artists, including President Theodore Roosevelt, poet Walt Whitman, William Vanderbilt, and artist Jackson Pollock.

There are many reasons to visit Long Island, from our most notable feature — the 118 miles of beaches that shape our coastline — to our most distinguishing — the rich farmland on the East End that contributes to our award-winning wine country. With historical lighthouses, culinary delights, charming downtowns, premier golf courses, and Gatsby-era Gold Coast mansions — Discover Long Island today.

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