Top Five Reasons to Meet by the Beach

Flexibility: Many venues in beach locations offer unique meeting spaces for your guest including outdoor spaces. Enjoy the flexibility of smaller meeting rooms, larger ballrooms or outdoor deck areas overlooking the beach and ocean.

Accommodations: With close proximity to the beach many coastal venues are surrounded by various lodging options. Often the options include hotels, motels. Bed and breakfasts and home rentals that are within walking distance to the venue.

No Distractions: With a serene setting and no distractions, your team is able to focus on the mission of your conference or meeting without the day to day interruptions of the office. Promote team build- ing in a relaxed atmosphere and foster positive face-to-face communication instead of from behind a computer.

Activities: Being close to the water offers the meeting guests the chance to experience outdoor team building activities like surfing, fish- ing, biking, birding, kayaking or nature trails.

Location: Beachfront locations can offer excellent shopping and amazing restaurants within walking distance. The most important com- ponent of a beachfront location, the View! An open view of the shoreline can set the mood for your next meeting. Convention Hall has unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and the amazing Cape May sunsets.

Bonus: Historic Charm: Offer your guest the chance to visit a beach- front location with rich history. Cape May Convention Hall is located in Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is known as the “Oldest Seashore Resort” and the town itself is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Cape May Convention Hall

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Encompassing more than 214,000-square feet of exhibit space, the convention center boasts a bayfront ballroom, 23 breakout rooms and the Performing Arts Center with seating for more than 1,200 guests, which appeals to planners of general sessions and awards ceremonies, among others. By the spring of 2021, the convention center will add another 30,000-square feet, bringing its largest exhibit space to more than 75,000-square feet. As an added enticement, parking is always free!

Planners will find that Ocean City’s amenities are abundant. With 10,000 hotel rooms and 5,000 rentable condos, there’s plenty of room for attendees and the convention center is within an easy walk of several hotels.

Whether it’s time for a break - or if attendees are stay- ing for a mini-vacation - there’s plenty to do outside of the convention center. Ten miles of free beach, a three-mile boardwalk, more than 200 restaurants and 17 championship golf courses offer something for everyone. Attendees will find the views of the ocean, sunrise and sunset to be an added bonus.

It’s easy for attendees to navigate their way to the destination, too, which is within five hours of New York City and Richmond, VA, and less than three hours from Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. For those who prefer to fly, the Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport is just 30 min- utes away.

“A clean beach and ocean flanked by a three-mile boardwalk, as well as 17 championship golf courses can make the opening day of a conference a great way to start,” said Regina Brittingham, national sales manager for the Ocean City, Maryland CVB.

Bethany Beach in Southern Delaware is known as a smaller, serene beach resort that has long been enjoyed for its family-friendly peacefulness and fun diversions. The town has it all, from sunning or run- ning on beaches to tax-free shopping to gourmet din- ing. It’s little wonder that it has become a favorite haven among celebrities.

One of the town’s top meeting properties is the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott, which is located on the boardwalk along the Delaware shoreline. “The location allows for relaxation, which can help conference attendees focus and motivate during the meeting or confer- ence, increasing productivity during the event,” said area director of sales and marketing for the hotel, Lorna Petchey. “It also allows guests a chance to absorb the meeting’s message in a relaxing environ- ment.”

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