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Charleston is the Featured Destination in US Airways Magazine
The Charleston area is pleased to be the featured destination in the September issue of US Airways Magazine showcasing the city's rich history, sumptuous dining, celebrated culture and distinctive venues. With service on six carriers including non-stop airlift from numerous metropolitan cities, the Charleston area is now more accessible than ever for meetings and groups.

From intimate gardens and historic plantations to pristine beach and golf resorts, to grand ballrooms and exhibit halls, the Charleston area offers meeting venues to accommodate the needs and size of all groups. Listed below are a few highlights of the unique spaces and venues available:

Centers & Performing Arts Halls:
* The Gaillard Center: Set for completion in 2015, the Gaillard Center is poised to be a neoclassical landmark and will feature nearly 16,000 square feet of ballroom and an exhibition hall that will accommodate 1,800 people. Outdoor event space will be available and includes 7,300 square-foot terrace as well as an 11,000 square-foot manicured lawn.
* Charleston Area Convention Center: The center provides 77,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, 25,000 square-foot ballroom and 20 meeting rooms. The Coliseum has 14,000 seats and the Montague Terrace offers 7,400 square feet of event space. The 2,300-seat Performing Arts Center offers full production capabilities.

Distinctive Venues:
* Charleston Library Society: The third oldest circulating library in the nation offers approximately 3,000 square feet of event space and can tailor exhibits and programming to group's interests.
* South Carolina Aquarium: With 22,000 square feet of event space and on-site planners, the South Carolina Aquarium offers groups unique values for events and meetings.
* Middleton Place: Home to America's oldest landscaped gardens, this National Historic Landmark offers 7,200 square feet of meeting and event space varying from intimate gardens and reception halls to large scale meeting rooms. The property is also home to the Middleton Place Inn which features 55 quaint rooms secluded among tall pines and live oaks.
* Charleston Museum: America's first museum founded in 1773 offers a unique venue for large and small meetings. The facility has 24,016 square feet of interior and exterior meeting space.
* Magnolia Plantation & Gardens: This 17th century estate, with 3,900 square feet of function space, features a year-round bloom of gardens.
* Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens: One of America's oldest working plantations with rows of live oak trees lining a spectacular approach, this property offers multiple venues totaling 4,900 square feet. They include manicured lawns, the creekside area, The Pavilion and the Cotton Dock.
* Mt. Pleasant Visitor's Center Cooper Room: Overlooking Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, the Cooper River and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge, the Cooper Room offers 2,016 square feet of space and seats 150 guests.
* Downtown Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed: The Visitors Center offers more than 11,000 square feet of space, located in a circa 1856 railroad with original floors and beams. * William Aiken House: The William Aiken House offers intimate accommodations with private indoor and outdoor event space, totaling 20,000 square feet.
* Patriots Point: With views of the Charleston Harbor and historic downtown, Patriots Point is home to the WWII aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, and offers 6,600 square feet of meeting space.
* Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site: The location of the first permanent English settlement in S.C. offers scheduled group tours. Founders Hall, a Gold Level LEED certified facility, features 4,300 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor fire pit, screened porch with fireplace and a demonstration kitchen.

City Hotels:
* Charleston Place: With grand ballrooms and scalable venues, this AAA Four Diamond hotel offers 40,000 square feet of event space, 435 guest rooms, private club level, award-winning restaurant and full-service luxury spa.
* Market Pavilion Hotel: This AAA Four Diamond hotel combines sophisticated luxury with an intimate boutique atmosphere with 3,722 square feet of space.
* Planters Inn: A member of Relais & Chateaux, a collection of the world's finest hotels and restaurants; The Planters Inn houses 64 guest rooms; Peninsula Grill, an award-wining restaurant, and 2,100 square feet of space, ranging from garden courtyards to elegant meeting rooms.
* Wentworth Mansion: One of downtown Charleston's grand historic hotels and part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Wentworth Mansion offers 1,400 square feet of space including suites and a boardroom as well as a rooftop cupola which accommodates up to 20 guests.
* Francis Marion Hotel: Located on Charleston acclaimed King Street, Francis Marion Hotel offers 20,000 square feet of elegant meeting space adorned with 20-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Accommodations include 234 guest rooms, valet parking, health club, full-service restaurant and convenient access to the hub of Charleston.
* The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel: Specializing in upscale meetings, the Mills House has 214 guest rooms with 11,474 square feet of space on historic Meeting Street. Guests find the convenience of modern technology combined with the charming ambiance of this historical establishment.

Beach/Golf Resorts:
* Kiawah Island: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, an award-winning Forbes Five Star hotel, houses 225 luxury guest rooms and offers 18,000 square feet of first-class meeting space. The hotel sits amidst a picturesque natural canvas and one of Pete Dye's most superb golf courses, including the Ocean Course, which hosted the 2012 PGA Championship.
* Wild Dunes Resort: Located minutes from downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort offers the best of both worlds coupling the beach with historic Charleston. Featuring over 1,600 acres of oceanfront property, two Tom Fazio designed golf courses and 36,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space.
* Tides Folly Beach: This oceanfront resort is nine miles from downtown Charleston and offers 132 rooms and more than 4,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

While breaking from sessions, groups can delve into Charleston culture with a variety of tours and experiences including culinary tours, kayaking and eco exploration, religious heritage tours, carriage rides, plantation experiences, home and garden tours and more.

The Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau employs a team that serves as a liaison between meeting planners and companies that provide service and product to the Charleston area. They can assist with promotional materials and items, off-site activities, spouse programs, entertainment, speakers as well as a Mayor's Welcome Letter.

About The Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets. For more information, visit www.explorecharleston.com.


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