By Jennifer N. Dienst, Contributing Editor
Meetings with a slice of sun and fun
Plenty of square feet, sun, and Southern hospitality are the staples of meetings at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. With more than 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the facility is one of the Southeast's most popular destinations for association, corporate, and government meetings as well as trade shows, faith-based conferences, and sporting tournaments. It also doesn't hurt that the center is in one of the country's most famous beach destinations, with 60 miles of beaches, a 1.2-mile boardwalk, 102 golf courses, 300 outlet shops, and 1,700 restaurants — and that's just the beginning.
Beyond the surplus of meeting space, the center's cutting-edge technology, dedicated IT department, exceptional culinary team, and professional staff cater to planners’ every need. The center's largest space — the 100,800-square-foot, column-free exhibit hall — is divisible into three sections. The hall's 35-foot ceilings, 11 docks, and drive-in access ensure that every event moves in and out on time and on budget. Hall C's telescopic seating for more than 2,500 people also makes the space ideal for general sessions and large assemblies.
Whatever the agenda, the center's flexible ballroom space breaks the mold of the typical, boring ballroom. Elegant banquets for up to 1,000 guests are a snap to organize in the 16,890-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can be divided to accommodate five meetings simultaneously. For the ultimate in flexible breakout space, the center's 17 meeting rooms can be increased or decreased in size with the use of air walls. For classroom-style meetings, the rooms can accommodate up to 150 attendees, and a theater-style setup can hold up to 200 attendees.
The convention center's popular Hall of Fame area creates a stunning backdrop for intimate receptions, especially at sunset, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings, while the Events Plaza is the perfect place to enjoy a warm ocean breeze. The 30,000-square-foot plaza is appropriate for receptions, oyster roasts, barbecues, and other outdoor activities, as well as press conferences, small concerts, and other types of celebrations.
This seaside convention center offers not only functional meeting space but an array of on-site support services and staff for the most high-tech of meetings. In addition to providing on-call customer service for every show, the center's exhibit halls, ballrooms and prefunction areas are wired with a secure, fiber-optic “backbone” that provides Wi-Fi throughout the facility. And exhibitors will appreciate that water, electricity, cable, and telecommunications access are available every 30 feet inside the center's exhibit hall.
No great convention center is complete without a great hotel partner next door. Attendees will love the 400-room Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, conveniently attached to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Not only does the hotel offer recently renovated guest rooms, the property is also the center's exclusive F&B provider, with the capability to whip up anything from creative hors d'oeuvres to show-stopping seven-course dinners for 1,000 guests. When the meeting concludes, attendees can unwind in the city's entertainment district at Broadway at the Beach, a vast complex of attractions, nightlife, restaurants, and shopping, just a few blocks away from the center.
For more information: Myrtle Beach Convention Center — Brian Monroe, Director of Sales and Marketing; (843) 918-1225 or (800) 537-1690; firstname.lastname@example.org; myrtlebeachconventioncenter.com
Myrtle Beach Convention Center Highlights
• The Myrtle Beach Convention Center, with 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, is one of the largest convention centers on the East Coast.
• The 100,800-square-foot, column-free exhibit space is divisible into three halls and can hold up to 520 exhibit booths. The space can also accommodate 10,000 attendees for theater-style meetings and 7,350 people for banquets.
• Other spaces include a 16,890-square-foot ballroom, 22 breakout rooms, and an arena that accommodates up to 10,000 people.
• Myrtle Beach International Airport is just three miles away, and Interstate 95 is 70 miles away.
Convention Center Specs
Total event space
• 250,000 square feet
• 100,800 square feet (column-free and divisible into three halls)
• 16,890 square feet
Maximum number of breakout rooms
Exhibit-hall booth capacity
• 520 booths
Exhibit-hall theater-style capacity
Exhibit-hall banquet-style capacity
Ballroom theater-style capacity
Ballroom banquet-style capacity