by Hunter R. Slaton | September 01, 2009

Columbia, S.C.
Local Update
The 132-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott opened in June. The hotel has two meeting rooms offering a total of 3,000 square feet of meeting space.


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Meeting Hotels:
Properties include the 300-room Marriott Co­lumbia, 238-room Radisson Hotel Columbia & Conference Center, 218-room Embassy Suites Hotel Columbia–Greystone and 181-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Columbia North.


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Convention Cen­ter:
Columbia Metropolitan Con­vention Center; exhibit space, approximately 24,700 square feet; meeting rooms, 14; (800) 264-4884; columbiaconventioncenter.com


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Airport Transit:
Co­lumbia Metropolitan Airport, six miles southwest of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$17. Many hotels offer free shuttles.


taxes
Taxes:
Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 6% (Richland County) or 7% (Lexington County); tourism development tax, 3%; total tax on hotel rooms, 11% or 12%


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Group Venue:
In the Historic Vista District, Ristorante Divino offers hearty Italian staples such as roasted veal chop with prosciutto, fontina cheese, garlic whipped potatoes and sauteed spinach. A private dining room seats 30. (803) 799-4550; ristorantedivino.com


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CVB Services:
Columbia Met­ropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 264-4884; columbiacvb.com

 
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Local Update:
Sands Resorts, with 1,600 rooms spanning seven properties, is updating its 20,000-square-foot conference center.


hotels
Meeting Hotels:
Properties include the 1,600-room Sands Resorts (comprising seven properties), 816-room Sea Mist Oceanfront Resort, 621-room The Breakers, 570-room Land­mark Resort, 560-room Caravelle Resort, 550-room Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort and 514-room Crown Reef Resort & Conference Center. For more, visit omfg.com.


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Convention Center:
Myrtle Beach Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 250,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 22; (800) 537-1690; mb-cc.com


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Airport Transit:
Myrtle Beach International Airport, four miles southwest of downtown and the convention center. Transfer cost by taxi, $10

taxes
Taxes:
Room tax, 2%; sales tax, 5%; various local taxes, 5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12%


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Group Venue:
The Hurricane Fleet Marina, about a half-hour north of Myrtle Beach in Calabash, N.C., features the 90-foot Hurricane II, a deep-sea fishing and cruising boat that can host half- and full-day fishing trips for up to 100 participants, in addition to cruises along Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand, on-board barbecues and shrimping excursions. Hurricane II also can host up to 40 for a formal dinner or 150 for a buffet-style "Carolina Country BBQ." (910) 579-3660 or (800) 373-2004; hurricanefleet.com/hurricane2.html

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CVB Services:
Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 356-3016; visitmyrtlebeach.com