Going on Faith

AUG-SEP 2016

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going on faith [ august | september 2016 ] MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a quintessential beach town that draws plenty of faith-based youth groups "because our destination is already family friendly and economical," said Mikki Walls, meeting and convention sales manager for the Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, adding, "It's the kind of business we want, and vice versa; we're the kind of destination they want." With 60 miles of oceanfront real estate on the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach "is everything outdoors, which appeals to kids," Walls said. But the city also offers a slew of restaurants and attractions that kids like. Broadway at the Beach is home to WonderWorks, Ripley's Aquarium, a water park, a wax museum, a mirror maze, a movie theater, a zip line and more. The Myrtle Beach Convention Center is popular for larger conferences, with 250,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and the attached 400-room Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, which has additional function space. Just behind it, the 100,000-square-foot Myrtle Beach Sports Center opened in March 2015; the center can accommodate nearly any kind of indoor sport, as well as concerts, expos and trade shows. The convention center, sports complex and Broadway at the Beach are all in the same area, roughly three blocks from the ocean. Myrtle Beach has a slew of oceanfront resorts and more than 400 hotels with conference space and enter- tainment options. The Vacation Myrtle Beach group, comprising 14 oceanfront resort hotels, is investing to improve and enhance its properties, as is Brittain Resorts and Hotels, with 13 beachfront condo hotels and resorts. Teens also love to shop at Barefoot Landing and Tanger Outlets, explore Brookgreen Gardens, hang out on the boardwalk and promenade, ride the SkyWheel and check out Family Kingdom Amusement Park. www.visitmyrtlebeach.com Courtesy Myrtle Beach Area CVB Courtesy Pigeon Forge Dept. of Tourism Courtesy Branson CVB Above: Many youth group gatherings take place in Pigeon Forge. Below: Broadway At the Beach is an ideal place to let students roam free in Myrtle Beach. " We're inspired to make every faith-based event a memorable experience and your standard for events to follow." LeeAnn Pollock, Sales Manager Grand Wayne Convention Center See for yourself @ grandwayne.com Fort Wayne, Indiana 260.426.4100 Everything you desire. More than you expect. • 225,000 sf. of versatile space with convention & expo hall, two ballrooms, 18 meeting rooms, intuitive floor plans, extensive pre-function areas • Carpeted, climate-controlled rooms • Free set-up • On-site AV, Event management, Catering • High tech Productivity Suite • 500 attached guest rooms and attached covered parking • High performance WiFi • Easy access and move-in • Downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more dining and more doing!

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