Virginia Beach offers numerous meeting opportunities important to meeting planners when considering booking a safe and memorable destination, especially post-COVID-19, according to the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (VBCVB). Location matters and this mid-Atlantic city is within strategic driving distance to major metropolitan cities; it additionally offers a variety of choices, including resort, uptown and retreat-type settings, and closely follows safety guidelines for both indoor and outdoor experiences.
Take a look at Virginia Beach’s new products for meeting attendees this year:
Delta Hotels Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites is the newest and only beachfront hotel on the Chesapeake Bay and has a private beach. The all-suite hotel has 295 one- and two-bedroom options; amenities include an outdoor pool and lounge, kayak and bike rentals, and a 24-hour fitness center. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Tin Cup Kitchen + Oyster Bar, offers a robust oyster menu and coastal cuisine, on the expansive outdoor Bayfront patio. The property also has 12,257 feet of flexible indoor and outdoor event space.
Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront has 11 event rooms, more than 25,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space with oceanfront views. The Seaside Ballroom, largest in the resort area, overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is complete with an outdoor terrace. All 305 guestrooms and suites face the ocean; amenities include indoor/outdoor swimming pools, a 24-hour fitness center and landscaped grounds with bocce ball, fire pits and verandas. The sister historic Cavalier Virginia Beach Hotel, and its Tarnished Truth Distillery and SeaHill Spa are just across the street for additional experiences.
Virginia Beach Sports Center is a new facility, which opened in fall 2020 and is part of the Virginia Beach Convention Center campus. It’s the East Coast’s largest indoor sports complex and is steps away from local shops, restaurants and attractions, including the three-mile boardwalk and oceanfront beaches. The facility’s 285,000 square feet of space, including 12 basketball courts, 24 volleyball courts, a 200-meter hydraulically banked track that can also lay flat and seat up to 5,000 spectators, offers new programmable space for sports and meeting planners alike.
Deal: Book a new Convention Center opportunity by the end of 2021 through the CVB and pick the bundle of savings that are best suited for your group. This new 2021 incentive program is sponsored by the VBCVB and Convention Center. For qualifying groups, incentives await the planner’s choosing: Up to 75 percent discount on facility rental, free shuttle to F&B or entertainment sponsorships.
Apex Entertainment at Town Center has 3,000 square feet of flexible private meeting and event space and can accommodate 10 to 200 guests. It also has 85,000 square feet of indoor entertainment and offers numerous on-site activities: Mini-golf, ax throwing, go-cart racing, a ropes course, sports simulators, laser tag, bumper cars and bowling. Casual dining is also available.
For more information, visit www.visitvirginiabeach.com.