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Professional Convention Management Association

December 26 2012

SOUTHEAST: Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Ali Gramaglia

Cares about your conventions

Maybe it’s southern hospitality, but the staff at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center doesn’t just want to bring people in to show off their 250,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, or the 60 miles of pristine beaches and countless dining and retail options nearby. They’d hate to see an event simply come and go - they’re in the business of helping events grow and drive attendance.

This is what they did for the XCON World V, a comic convention and trade show, held this past May. By partnering with the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the convention’s attendance skyrocketed from 500 in 2011 to 2,400 in 2012. The event featured more than 100 exhibits, an Annual Indie Film Series, and a bevvy of comic celebrities and personalities to entertain attendees.

“Unique partnerships are essential,” said Tiffany Andrews, sales and marketing administrator at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. “We don’t just lease convention and meeting space, we care about your show.”

The convention center offers a 17,000-square-foot ballroom, fit for groups of 1,000 or more, and 17 functional meeting rooms that provide theater-style seating at breakout sessions for up to 200 people. A lush, 30,000-square-foot Event Plaza is a unique space that’s perfect for receptions and large outdoor activities.

And with 1,750 on-site parking spaces for attendees and convention center security monitors at work 24 hours a day, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center makes convenience and security non-issues for groups. Plus, South Carolina is a right-to-work state, eliminating unnecessary expenses.

Conveniently attached to the convention center is the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, offering 400 newly appointed guest rooms and suites. Also within minutes of the center are the Tanger Factory Outlets, the Coastal Grand Mall, and Market Commons. Other additions to the long list of attractions nearby include Myrtle Waves Water Park, BB&T Coastal Field, home of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (part of the Texas Rangers system), and Broadway at the Beach, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex in the heart of Myrtle Beach.

With all the accommodations of a great host city, and then some, it’s no wonder the Myrtle Beach Convention Center wants to see your event stick around. A conference hotspot that’s expanding at a pace like this is certainly one worth growing with.

For more information, visit myrtlebeachconventioncenter.com.

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