Nestled between Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana, the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a hidden gem that is often overlooked as a meeting destination. The region offers everything meeting planners need for conventions, including a variety of meeting spaces, more than 14,000 hotel rooms, and a full destination services team to help along the way. Meeting attendees have a plethora of leisure options as well, including gaming, world-class fishing, golfing and so much more. Here are a few of the many reasons why your upcoming meeting should be held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Brand new accommodations and attractions The Mississippi Gulf Coast has recently exploded with expansions in hotels, attractions, casinos, and restaurants. A few of the newest additions conference attendees can experience include:
- Hotel Whiskey—The region’s latest boutique hotel located in Pass Christian offers a charming and laid back lifestyle. With fine dining and a full-service bar, attendees are sure to unwind and relax at Hotel Whiskey as their home away from home during the convention.
- Margaritaville—This new family-friendly resort not only offers an assortment of meeting space and restaurants, but it is also home to a family entertainment center, housing a state of the art arcade, a water playground, a rock climbing wall, a ropes course and so much more.
- Fishbone Alley—Located in the middle of downtown Gulfport, this eclectic alley is a must-see on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Attendees can stroll through to admire the alley’s art and grab lunch at one of the multiple restaurants with a patio in the alley.
Team building activities Your next meeting can feature an eco-tour, a round of golf, or a brewery tour. For a unique experience, your attendees can kayak, paddleboard, or fish in one of the Coast’s many blueways. If you are looking for an indoor option, multiple cooking classes are offered where attendees can prepare a classic Coastal dish. The options are endless! Delicious dining options From po-boy dives to fine dining, the Mississippi Gulf Coast has it all. As a southern destination with an enormous seafood industry, you will find a variety of cuisine on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. From BBQ, to Vietnamese, to authentic Southern dishes, your attendees’ taste buds are sure to be satisfied. Multiple meeting space options No matter the size of the meeting, the Mississippi Gulf Coast can accommodate. The Coast Coliseum and Convention Center offers more than 400,000 square feet of meeting space and can comfortably house up to 6,000 people. A majority of the Coast’s casinos also offer meeting space for a variety of groups. For smaller meetings many hotels and attractions offer meeting space as well. Huge savings According to the Tax Foundation, a dollar goes further in Mississippi than any other state. Not only will this help meeting planners save, but it is also an incentive for attendees. Far too often, people do not register for a convention simply because the location is too pricey. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is the perfect place for meeting planners and attendees looking for an affordable conference. Are you ready to plan your next meeting on the Mississippi Gulf Coast? Contact the team today to get started. Photo Credit: Alex North