It’s no secret that meeting attendees love a beachside event. The allure of the ocean, pure sunshine and resort accommodations boost signup and all but ensure attendees stay through to finish. If a beachside event is a relatively easy win, imagine the success of an event at America’s #1 beach, Clearwater Beach, Florida. This laid-back beach town delivers a world-class meeting experience for planners and attendees alike – which could be why this distinctive destination has twice the meetings volume as it did in 2010.
Trip Advisor’s #1 Beach in America
With two and a half miles of white-sugar sand beaches, gentle waves and shallow waters, there’s no question as to why Clearwater Beach was rated #1 beach in the US in 2016 by TripAdvisor. Located on a barrier island on Florida’s Gulf side, this strip of paradise offers everything your attendees expect from a beach town – from jet-skiing to parasailing to surf shops to salty margaritas – plus the upper-upscale accommodations with accompanying level of service they expect.
New Event Space & Venue Variety
An array of meeting venues, from upper-upscale resorts to beachside patio bars, awaits your attendees. The area’s largest ballroom is offered by a new arrival, the refined yet relaxed Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach set to open in January, 2017. At 10,632 square feet, its Dunes Ballroom can host up to 800 guests and features, among other tech offerings, programmable chandeliers that can transform mood of your event – for example from meeting to nighttime reception - with the touch of a button. Easily accessible, beachside bliss is a mere 20 minutes from the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and just 30 minutes to Tampa International Airport
Celebrated Sunsets & Vibrant Nightlife
The beauty of the beach is accentuated by the world famous sunsets on the Gulf. Each night the city holds a 4-hour Sunset Celebration on Pier 60 featuring artisans, crafters and live performances – always free to attend. The sunsets also offer the perfect dramatic backdrop to poolside cocktail hours, group dinner or banquets. The Ocean Hai Restaurant’s beautiful waterfront terrace is perfectly situated to offer a spectacular show of this daily display. After sunset, the fun continues both at low-key beach bars, swank hotel bars, and nightclubs. Nearby St. Pete’s extends the array of offerings, with an eclectic mix of craft cocktail bars, rooftop bars and brew pubs.
Personalized Attention for Attendees and Planners
The small-to-medium sized meeting of 20 to 250 rooms is the sweet spot for a Clearwater Beach event. While smaller and medium meetings can get lost in the shuffle at convention hotel destinations, attendees of this size meeting enjoy the more attentive, exclusive service that comes with being the single group in the hotel. Notable newcomer, Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach, is a prime example. As the largest beachfront hotel, its 22,000 square feet of meeting space is ideal for small to mid-size meetings. Attendees can revel in the gulf views through the floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound terraces of the 12 meeting spaces while their spouse and loved ones bask on the family-friendly beach. Meeting planners enjoy the know-how of a global brand and a generous loyalty program Wyndham Rewards Go Meet.
Low-Key City, World Class Offerings
Authentic beach town ambiance and natural beauty are complemented perfectly by the professional services and venues available throughout the city to provide both attendees and meeting planners with an easy, enjoyable and rewarding experience.