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Myrtle Beach, SC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 114
Total Sleeping Rooms 18,024
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 800
Committable Meeting Rooms* 38
Convention Center Space 250,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 100,800 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 70,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $101
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $304
*Maximum for a single hotel

Myrtle Beach, SC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent’s Myrtle Beach meeting planning guide – a Myrtle Beach city guide for meeting planners. Meeting planners may be wary of the term "beach destination," associating it with onslaughts of wild Spring Break partiers and an overflow of tourist-y nightclubs. Not so at Myrtle Beach. This family-friendly city welcomes guests with warm Southern hospitality and charm as they relax on rolling white sands, at sprawling golf courses or among many vibrant cultural venues.

Also a departure from the old definition of a beach destination, Myrtle Beach proves there's no need for planners to spend a fortune or travel far distances to get a taste of sand and sun. In fact, the city is just a four-hour drive from Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and a seven-hour drive from Jacksonville, Florida. Touching down at the Myrtle Beach International Airport has never been easier thanks to the addition of new and expanded air service from destinations in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Once inside the city, planners are met with the centerpiece of Myrtle Beach meetings and conventions: the stunning Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Located in the heart of the Grand Strand, the expansive Myrtle Beach Convention Center boasts 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space including a 100,800-square-foot exhibit hall, divisible into three sections. The center's elegant 17,000-square-foot ballroom can seat more than 1,700 people for galas and banquets. In addition to the indoor space, Myrtle Beach is also home to the lovely Events Plaza, whose 30,000 square feet of lush landscaping are perfect for receptions and other outdoor events.

Beyond the convention center, a number of alternative event spaces fill the region. Host a meeting at the spectacular Brookgreen Gardens, where lush landscapes mingle with more than 1,200 works crafted by over 350 sculptures. Invite attendees to step back in time with a reception at the picturesque Litchfield Plantation, or liven up your event by planning a group outing to the Hard Rock Park, the first major theme park to be built in America for over a decade. Smaller groups can unwind with fine French cuisine at the wine cellar room in the famed Library Restaurant.

Alternatively, groups can choose to combine accommodations, exciting activities and flexible meeting space at one of the many convention hotels found across the region. Host a meeting at the 145-acre Kingston Plantation and enjoy the convenience of 500 guest rooms combined with 13,000 square feet of meeting space. Or, take advantage of the 45,000 square feet of meeting space along with 405 impressive guest rooms at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grand Dunes.

As one of America's most popular beach destinations, Myrtle Beach enjoys a thriving tourism-based economy that brings in millions of dollars every year. Second only to tourism, farms that produce tobacco, indigo, watermelon and berries also contribute greatly to the economy. Myrtle Beach is also home to the corporate headquarters of Coastal Financial Corporation and AVX Corporation along with colleges and universities such as Coastal Carolina University and Webster University.

About Myrtle Beach, SC / Additional Info

Nestled along the sleepy coast of South Carolina's low country, the resort area of Myrtle Beach is a series of barrier islands and beach towns extending from Little River to historic Georgetown. With a modest population of 27,109 people, the city of Myrtle Beach is fairly compact at 13.5 square miles. Its metropolitan area, though, stretches across South Carolina's expansive 1,134-square-mile Horry County, which is home to nearly 240,000 residents.

Dating back to the Waccamaw Indians, the area that is now Myrtle Beach was bought by the Conway Lumber Company after the Civil War, opening up several new jobs. After the work week was done, railroad and lumber employees would make their way to the sunny shores of Myrtle Beach, thus making it a top tourism spot in the area.

The tradition continues today with the over 14 million people that visit the region annually. In fact, Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular resort destinations on the Southeast coast, thanks to its 60 miles of scenic sands and wide range of restaurants, golf courses, shops and live entertainment venues.

A verifiable sanctuary of sun, fun and surf, outdoor recreation tops the list of visitor activities. Visitors can cast a line into the sparkling blue Atlantic waters on a deep sea fishing charter or canoe through the winding waterways of wetlands, creeks and rivers. Or, float down the 425-foot-long lazy river at the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Oceanfront Water Park, the region's only beachfront water park.

The excitement of Myrtle Beach spills over to land. With more than 100 championship courses, Myrtle Beach is home to some of the most challenging courses in the world. In fact, it was named Best Value for the Money Destination in 2008 by Golf Digest magazine. Players can tee off at one of four unique courses at the phenomenal Barefoot Resort & Golf. Designed by celebrated golf architects Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, these distinctive fairways combine stunning views and versatile terrain to create some of the most visually stunning courses in the region.

Off the fairways, guests can stroll through the country's largest sculpture garden at Brookgreen Gardens, or come face-to-face with nature's fiercest predators at Alligator Adventure. Thrill seekers flock to the new Hard Rock Park, the world's first rock 'n roll theme park, while history buffs peruse the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Conveniently located in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Hall of Fame is a captivating tribute to the people who made Myrtle Beach what it is today.

After night falls, Myrtle Beach lights up with unforgettable dining. Not surprisingly, Myrtle Beach is a haven for fresh seafood. In fact, the region's famed Murrells Inlet is nicknamed "the seafood capital of South Carolina." Seafood lovers can enjoy the many Calabash-style restaurants speckled across the Grand Strand. Designed for a hearty appetite, restaurants such as Benjamin's Calabash Seafood and Crabby Mike's serve up hefty portions of lightly battered, deep-fried delights.

Not just for seafood lovers, Myrtle Beach offers a wide range of cuisines to tickle the taste buds. From Southern homestyle cooking to international fare, Myrtle Beach boasts endless choices at more than 1,800 full-service restaurants. After dinner, indulge in live entertainment at the critically-acclaimed Carolina Opry or marvel at the high-flying spectacle of acrobats, jugglers and clowns at Le Grande Cirque at the Palace Theatre. However they find themselves watching the sun set, visitors to Myrtle Beach are quick to discover why this is the place for family vacations, weekend getaways, business trips and more.

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